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WEDNESDAY, APR 19, 2017

Earth Day Data: Home Heating Fuel Trends

Earth Day Data: Home Heating Fuel Trends
To mark Earth Day, Social Explorer takes a look at trends in home heating fuels. Environmentalists have focused on energy sources and usage for decades, and the changes in fuel types offers some insight into the US's approach to home energy.    Earth Day began in 1970, so we'll compare home heating fuel types from then to the present using data from the 1970 Decennial Census and 2015 five-year American Community Survey. The following chart, built with So... more
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MONDAY, APR 10, 2017

Tax Professionals by the Numbers

Tax Professionals by the Numbers
As we countdown to Tax Day, Social Explorer takes a look at Americans dedicated to working on taxes. Detailed Census Bureau data on occupations offers a glimpse into the world of tax professionals. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Verdana} According to the 2015 five-year ACS, there were 50,499 "Tax Examiners and Collectors and Revenue Agents" and almost the same number of "Tax Preparers" (49,183). C... more
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WEDNESDAY, APR 05, 2017

American Community Survey Supplement: More Detail and More Geos

American Community Survey Supplement: More Detail and More Geos
The American Community Survey (ACS) Supplemental Estimates for 2015 are now available on Social Explorer. This added dataset allows users to get more detail on smaller geographies with the most current numbers from the Census Bureau.  For example, the 2015 ACS offers data for geographies with populations of 65,000 or more, while the 2015 ACS Supplemental Estimates have selected variables available for areas of population with 20,000.  While the 2015 ACS has some... more
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WEDNESDAY, APR 05, 2017

How To: Custom Inflation Adjustments

How To: Custom Inflation Adjustments
When you create your Social Explorer report, you can change the inflation adjustment year. Get started comparing money-related data from different decades in a few easy steps. By default, the dollar figures are adjusted to whatever the survey states. In this example, the 1980 Census data on Median Household Income is in 1979 dollars. Find the "Adjust $ values for inflation to:" to make the adjustment. ​Then, click the year you want to adjust the dollar figur... more
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WEDNESDAY, MAR 08, 2017

International Women's Day Then, Now and Abroad

International Women's Day Then, Now and Abroad
International Women's Day (March 8th) is a global celebration of women's social, economic, cultural and political achievements. With a rich history of activism, the first marches were held over 100 years ago. Compare the distribution of the female population in the US from the early days of International Women's Day activities and the present.  Broadening to an international focus, explore the following map of the female population across di... more
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FRIDAY, FEB 10, 2017

Updated and Expanded 2016 Election Results Maps

Updated and Expanded 2016 Election Results Maps
We recently added 2016 Senatorial and Gubernatorial results to our Election Maps collection. All of our election data come from Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. In addition to winners and voter turnouts, the maps also include voting age population, citizens of voting age population, and competitiveness. We also updated our system with the latest vote counts (including absentee and mail-in ballots) for the most up to date election result information. Learn ... more
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FRIDAY, FEB 03, 2017

Detailed Population Estimates for 2010 to 2015 Now Available

Detailed Population Estimates for 2010 to 2015 Now Available
Explore the Census Bureau's Population Estimates for 2010 through 2015 in our reports and maps. These estimates include detailed data on age (by race and gender), births, deaths, migration, and housing units. The data are available at the national, state and county levels. Learn more about the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program here. As a sample, explore this map of the estimated birth rate per 1,000 people for 2011 and 2015. In 2011, the rates span from 9.51... more
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THURSDAY, FEB 02, 2017

Warm up for the Super Bowl with Social Explorer’s own Big Data Dance

Warm up for the Super Bowl with Social Explorer’s own Big Data Dance
Beyond game statistics, strategy and weather forecasts, true nerdy fans analyze demographics. This Sunday, the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons will compete in Super Bowl LI. But first, they face off in the Super Data Bowl. We at Social Explorer take the opportunity to dig into data from the teams’ hometowns. For this demographic challenge, we will assess fandom, snack power, and related measures using Census and American Community Survey data. Fan St... more
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TUESDAY, JAN 31, 2017

NY Times Article on Banned Immigrant Groups Features Social Explorer Data and Analysis

NY Times Article on Banned Immigrant Groups Features Social Explorer Data and Analysis
Donald Trump's executive order severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends refugee admission for 120 days, and bans Syrian refugees indefinitely. The New York Times feature "Immigrants From Banned Nations: Educated, Mostly Citizens and Found in Every State" explores the demographics of American residents from these seven countries. Susan Weber and Andrew A. Beveridge of Socialexplorer.com analyzed the American Community Survey for the article and maps. ... more
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WEDNESDAY, DEC 28, 2016

More Business Patterns Data and Maps Now Available

More Business Patterns Data and Maps Now Available
Ring in the new year with new data! We recently introduced detailed industry data from the 2014 County Business Patterns (CBP) to the site. Now, we have more data available in both our reports and maps. The Census Bureau developed the CBP as an annual series to provide economic data by industry. These data include the number of establishments, employment, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll. Much of the data is organized by the North American Industry Classification System (NAIC... more
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