THURSDAY, NOV 10, 2011

Keeping Up with Kardashian Data

A highly publicized marriage followed by a swift divorce adds Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries to the long list of celebrity splits.  After recovering from the demise of this fairy tale, Social Explorer took the opportunity to look at marriage and divorce trends. The Census Bureau tracks marital status with even more detail than reality television fans to "monitor eligibility for program services and benefits, and of changes resulting from federal policies and programs."  According to the ... more
by Sydney Beveridge


Back to School Special Part 3: Education on the Rise

With the new school year approaching, Social Explorer is taking a closer look at education data today and over the years.  In this installment, we are looking at the rise of high school and college education through the decades. Some of the earliest detailed census data on education came from 1850 when the census reported information about school attendance.  For many decades, the census focused on literacy rates, which we discussed in part two of the back to school series. By the mid-1900... more
by Sydney Beveridge

TUESDAY, AUG 09, 2011

Demographic Trends: Williamsburg on the Hudson

While many parts of upstate New York are experiencing population losses, some areas of the Hudson Valley are growing.  New York Times journalist Peter Applebome writes about the shift and the people behind it in "Williamsburg on the Hudson," which also includes demographic data from Social Explorer. Call it the Brooklynization of the Hudson Valley, the steady hipness creep with its locavore cuisine, its Williamsburgian bars, its Gyrotonic exercise, feng shui consultants and deep clay art th... more
by Sydney Beveridge

MONDAY, JUL 11, 2011

DataVille: A Look at Farming in the FarmVille Era

Virtual game company Zynga—the creator of popular social games such as CityVille and FarmVille—is planning to enter StockMarketVIlle shortly with an initial public offering of $1 billion, and the company could soon be valued at over $20 billion.  Zynga is perhaps best known for FarmVille—the game where players grow virtual crops and tend to virtual animals. With the fake farm sector booming, Social Explorer examined data on the real farm industry in the US.  The Census Bureau combines certa... more
by Sydney Beveridge

FRIDAY, FEB 11, 2011

Mapping Egyptian Americans

Today, President Hosni Mubarak stepped down as President of Egypt, handing over control of the government to the military.  Egypt's people rejoiced at the end of the 30-year long repressive regime. Celebrations are echoing across the globe, particularly in communities with many Egyptians.  Here in the US, 182,914 people are of Egyptian ancestry, according to the 2005-09 American Community Survey.  (Up from 142,832 in the 2000 Census.) You might hear the biggest cheers in areas around Washi... more
by Sydney Beveridge

MONDAY, JAN 31, 2011

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

SATURDAY, SEP 11, 2010

Protests, Religion and Data in Gainesville, Florida, on 9/11

The latest in the Islamic center controversy has the media focusing on a small church in Gainesville, Florida.  Here, Terry Jones, the outspoken anti-Islam pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center, has the spotlight.  Just this week, he cancelled a planned 9/11 Koran burning protest and is now visiting New York City. This pastor and his 50 parishioners have the world’s attention, but how representative are they? Beyond ideologies, Social Explorer can provide helpful numbers and context.  T... more
by Sydney Beveridge

FRIDAY, SEP 03, 2010

Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge on the Gender Wage Gap

In The Wall Street Journal's "Young Women's Pay Exceeds Male Peers'," Conor Dougherty reports the latest findings on 20-something women. In 2008, single, childless women between ages 22 and 30 were earning more than their male counterparts in most U.S. cities, with incomes that were 8% greater on average, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data released Wednesday by Reach Advisors, a consumer-research firm in Slingerlands, N.Y. In the article, Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge "I e... more
by Sydney Beveridge

FRIDAY, AUG 06, 2010

Same Sex Partner Data

A recent court ruling struck down Proposition 8, and now gays and lesbians can legally marry.  How many people might this affect?  Social Explorer can help you find out. Since 2000, the Census has counted the number of unmarried partners, including same-sex unmarried partners, which can be an indicator of the number of people who might take the opportunity to get hitched in light of the recent court decision. In 2000, 594,391 residents of the US identified as being i... more
by Sydney Beveridge

MONDAY, JUL 12, 2010

Tracking Vampire Data with Social Explorer

Vampires are booming thanks to Twilight’s book sales, movie tickets and fainting fans.  With Social Explorer you can learn where they might be booming in the US too. Count von Count wanted us to count up his vampire peers. Of course, there is no “are you a vampire?” question on the census form, but using Social Explorer’s reports tools, you can examine the Romanian population—those hailing from the land of the legendary Transylvania, which is purportedly the land of Vampires.  (Of course bei... more
by Sydney Beveridge

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