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MONDAY, FEB 21, 2011

Counting Up Public Sector Workers

Counting Up Public Sector Workers
The controversy over union benefits in Wisconsin has brought great attention to the public service sector there and across the nation.  Social Explorer can help you learn about the different sectors of the workforce and how they have changed over time. The Census tracks data on employment, including sector (such as private, public, self-employed, nonprofit and unpaid home workers).  Using Social Explorer we can track public sector workers in Wisconsin and nationwide. A 2005-09 American Com... more
by Sydney Beveridge
SUNDAY, FEB 13, 2011

Make a Date with Data

Make a Date with Data
If you're looking for a Valentine, let Social Explorer help you map your way to love.  Cupid crunches the numbers to make the most of his arrows, and you should too. You can look up nationwide information on the 55.6 million available men and 63.5 million available women, or take a lesson from "The Situation," and analyze the ratio of single women to single men to plan your next night out. You can use tables like the 2005-09 American Community Survey's "Sex By Marital Status By Age For The... more
by Sydney Beveridge
FRIDAY, FEB 04, 2011

Dipping up Super Bowl Data

Dipping up Super Bowl Data
This Sunday, the Green Bay Packers face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. As fans enjoy nachos, cheers and cheese hats for the big dance, Social Explorer is prepping game day demographic data.  Instead of the NFL, we're the NDL (National Data League),  and we're bringing you AFC fans American Football Calculations. To predict how this first-time Super Bowl matchup might do, let's take a look at the teams' home cities in 2009.   Since the teams both won in the late 1990... more
by Sydney Beveridge
FRIDAY, FEB 04, 2011

Social Explorer's 2010 Census Maps and Analysis of New Orleans and New Jersey in the New York Times

Social Explorer's 2010 Census Maps and Analysis of New Orleans and New Jersey in the New York Times
As the Census Bureau releases the state-by-state 2010 data over the next few weeks, the New York Times will be relying on Social Explorer data and expertise to help tell the stories of the numbers. Today, the New York Times covered the scope of population shifts after the devastating 2005 hurricane in "Smaller New Orleans After Katrina, Census Shows."  The Times cited Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge in its findings that: The city has roughly 24,000 fewer white residents than it did... more
by Sydney Beveridge
MONDAY, JAN 31, 2011

Social Explorer Data on Interracial Marriage in the New York Times

Social Explorer Data on Interracial Marriage in the New York Times
The New York Times explores interracial marriage trends in Susan Saulny's article "Black? White? Asian? More Young Americans Choose All of the Above."  An array of illustrative graphics feature Social Explorer data on interracial marriage rates across different racial and ethnic groups. Nearly 9 percent of all marriages in the United States in 2009 were interracial or interethnic, more than double the percentage in 1980. The rates of intermarriage vary widely depending on gender, race or ethn... more
by Sydney Beveridge
THURSDAY, JAN 27, 2011

Social Explorer Attended the National Conference of State Legislatures Redistricting Seminar in DC

Social Explorer Attended the National Conference of State Legislatures Redistricting Seminar in DC
This past weekend, Social Explorer attended the National Conference of States Legislatures (NCSL) Redistricting Seminar in DC.  The two and a half day event brought together legislators, lawyers and redistricting enthusiasts of all kinds to participate in panel discussions and hands-on exercises. As Nathan Gonzalez wrote in Roll Call, "Some of the most powerful people you’ve never heard of are coming to the Washington, D.C., area this week, and their legacy will last at least a decade...The N... more
by Sydney Beveridge
WEDNESDAY, JAN 19, 2011

Customized Social Explorer Maps Illustrate Segregation for Remapping Debate Feature

A new article on Remapping Debate examines persistent racial segregation in the US.  The story "Mapping and analysis of new data documents still-segregated America," explores the realities of racial segregation in neighborhoods across the nation.  Working with tools provided by Social Explorer, Remapping Debate released interactive maps that can zoom down to the Census Block Group level anywhere in the US, showing the high concentration of segregated neighborhoods. Social Explorer segregation m... more
by Sydney Beveridge
FRIDAY, DEC 31, 2010

New Data for the New Year

New Data for the New Year
On New Years Eve, Social Explorer reflects on a year of 2.9 million maps created by over 100,000 users.  Looking to 2011, we resolve to fatten up with new data and tools.  Here's the exciting new data diet we're sticking to: 1.  The entire release of the American Community Survey 2005-09 (coming early January). 2.  A tool that automatically adjusts Cost of Living for any year since 1913, and makes it possible to compare things like income distribution from year to year. 3. Release of th... more
by Sydney Beveridge
THURSDAY, NOV 18, 2010

Social Explorer Goes to the Social Science History Association Conference

Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge is attending the 35th annual Social Science History Association conference this week, where he will be on three panels: He will be chairing a panel on "New Directions in Historical GIS (1): Substantive findings and web-based resources" where he will be leading the discussion and presenting, "Exploring Long Term US Change: Research and Teaching with Social Explorer." He will also be chairing a session on "The Voting Rights Act at 45: New Directions and New... more
by Sydney Beveridge
THURSDAY, NOV 11, 2010

New Detailed Religion Data Now Available on Social Explorer

New Detailed Religion Data Now Available on Social Explorer
Social Explorer users now have access to new and detailed religion demographics from infoGROUP's American Church List (ACL) data for 2009.  The ACL provides the most complete and accurate database of churches and religious associated businesses with approximately 350,000 houses of worship. The data includes over 20 groups and 230 denominations, and are viewable by religious tradition or family.  The reports offer a detailed breakdown of each religion, such as this table for Jewish congregatio... more
by Sydney Beveridge
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