WEDNESDAY, APR 04, 2012

Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge on Potential Voter Data and the 1940 Census Release


For the latest on a contested primary election in New York City's upper Manhattan congressional district, check out the Capital New York article, "Adriano Espaillat, Charlie Rangel, and the coalition-fracturing primary neither of them wanted."  The story details the demographics of the district and the impact of the new district lines on the communities and candidates.  It also cites Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge as Mr. CVAP. The Hispanic community in the new district contains a sizable immigrant population, which means that a number of the Hispanic residents—even those who are part of the voting-age population—aren't citizens, and therefore aren't eligible to vote. The Citizen Voting Age Population (or CVAP) for the district is just under 45 percent, according to estimates from Andrew Beveridge, a redistricting expert (and self-proclaimed "Mr. CVAP"). The black CVAP, according to Beveridge, is just over 34 percent, and the white CVAP is about 17 percent. Also, this week, the Census Bureau released its 1940 individual records.  (Census records over 72 years old are made public.)  The Bergen Record article "Data Will be a Boon for History Buffs," details the release's significance to genealogy, data and history enthusiasts, and cites Beveridge on access to this data. The release of questionnaires will provide the most detail to date of life at that time, experts say. While reports for towns, counties and states were initially released in 1942, the individual census forms can help people track family members or provide a clearer picture of what a town or neighborhood was like 72 years ago. "Because of the massive advances in computer technology and data analysis, we'll be able to see lots more things about the data than people did in 1942," said Andrew Beveridge, a professor of sociology at Queens College in New York. That detail will include who lived on which streets, where immigrant groups clustered and who was unemployed. Stay tuned to the blog for more Social Explorer in the news.
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