FRIDAY, MAR 28, 2014

National Science Foundation Highlights Social Explorer Project


The National Science Foundation, a longtime funder of Social Explorer, highlighted Census Explorer on the foundation's website this week.   The writeup showcases Social Explorer's features and impact, from the initial goal of creating easy-to-use visualization tools to reaching national and international audiences through the classroom and the media.   Starting with the success and reach of Census Explorer, the article traces Social Explorer's develo... more
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THURSDAY, MAR 27, 2014

Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge in the NY Times on New Census Estimates and Population Growth


Newly released Census Bureau estimates reveal that New York City has been growing in size for the past three years.  Sam Roberts explored the trends in migration, births, and deaths for the New York Times in "Population Growth in New York City Is Reversing Decades-Old Trend, Estimates Show."   For the year ending July 1, 2013, an influx of foreigners combined with a continuing decline in the loss of migrants to other states increased the population by more tha... more
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THURSDAY, FEB 27, 2014

U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Highlights Census Explorer in Silicon Valley Speech


Census Explorer, the recently launched collaboration between the Census Bureau and Social Explorer, added County Business Patterns data on establishments, employees, and average pay, with a special focus on the tech sector.  Over 100,000 users have created more than 3.7 million maps with Census Explorer.   The tool and upgrade earned praise from the top levels of government.  U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker spotlighted the advancements the Census Bu... more
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TUESDAY, FEB 11, 2014

The Sochi Data Olympics: Russians in America (Part 2)


To help kick off the Sochi Olympics, Social Explorer showcased the Russian American population from 1980 to today (which you can explore here in Part 1).  For this next data event, Social Explorer bobsledded back to 1890 to examine early Russian immigration to the US.  The flow of Russian immigration to the United States rose from thousands to over a million per year by the early 20th Century.  This first wave included a young Irving Berli... more
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THURSDAY, FEB 06, 2014

The Sochi Data Olympics: Russians in America (Part 1)


As sports fans gear up for the Sochi Winter Olympics, Social Explorer bobsleds into data on the Russian population living in the US to add some demographic analysis to the figure skating and snowboarding events. Russians Today: The US has 2,091,793 residents with Russian ancestry, making up 0.7 percent of the nation’s population (according to the 2008-12 ACS). This makes Russia the 18th most common ancestry in the US—just below West Indian, and just above African... more
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TUESDAY, FEB 04, 2014

Seeking Interactive Web-Based Content Developer for Historical, Sociological, Political Science and Demographic Materials


Announcing a new job opportunity with Social Explorer (details and application instructions below).  Please feel free to circulate. Job Opportunity: Interactive Web-Based Content Developer for Historical, Sociological, Political Science and Demographic Materials (Social Explorer) Seeking a smart, motivated and self-directed person to develop interactive web-based content for a variety of educational materials.  This job requires a blend of technical, cri... more
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FRIDAY, JAN 31, 2014

Social Explorer's Super DATA Bowl on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show


As you prep your nachos for the Super Bowl, listen to the WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show segment comparing Denver and Seattle.  Showcasing data from Social Explorer, Brian Lehrer invited callers from the two cities to champion their cities.  The show's archive page features detailed demographic data. From the Show: Be The Coolest Person at Your Super Bowl Party With These Census Stats: Total population: 634,265 for Denver, 634,... more
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THURSDAY, JAN 30, 2014

Groundhog Day: Burrowing into Punxsutawney Phil’s Hometown Data


Every February 2nd, people across Pennsylvania and the world look to a famous rodent to answer the question—when will spring come? For over 120 years, Punxsutawney Phil Soweby ("Punxsutawney Phil" for short), has offered his predictions, based on whether he sees his shadow (indicating more winter) or not (indicating an early spring). The first official Groundhog Day celebration took place in 1887, and Phil has gone on to star in a blockbuster film, dominat... more
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WEDNESDAY, JAN 29, 2014

Denver vs. Seattle: The Super (Data) Bowl


This Sunday, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will compete in Super Bowl XLVIII.  But first, they face off in the Super Data Bowl, hosted by Social Explorer. For this demographic challenge, we will assess the fandom, snackdom, and related measures of the teams' hometowns by using Census and American Community Survey (ACS) data. Population/Fandom: The two cities are nearly tied in population size, making fan base strength a very compet... more
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MONDAY, DEC 30, 2013

Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge on Population Shifts for WNYC's The Takeaway and the NY Times


New Census Bureau estimates reveal that Florida has overtaken New York in size.  In the New York Times article "New York Soon to Trail Florida in Population," Jesse McKinley recently examined how the Sunshine State has become the third most populous state.  He cites data and analysis from Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge: The census figures underscore immigration trends, as foreign-born migrants continue to move to warm-weather states such... more
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