THURSDAY, JAN 30, 2014
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...
WEDNESDAY, JAN 29, 2014
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.
The two cities are nearly tied in population size, making fan base strength a very compet...
MONDAY, DEC 30, 2013
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...
MONDAY, DEC 30, 2013
All 2012 American Community Survey are now available on Social Explorer. Subscribers can access the new data as maps or reports.
These detailed data come from the American Community Survey (ACS), an extensive annual survey administered by the Census Bureau to a sample of about three million households nationwide.
Users can now create custom maps with the one-year 2012, three-year 2010-2012, and the newly released five-year 2008-2012 files. T...
TUESDAY, DEC 24, 2013
David Halle and Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge co-edited the urban studies book New York and Los Angeles: The Uncertain Future (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Inspired by a chapter on policing by leading criminologists Jeffrey Fagan (Columbia University) and John McDonald (University of Pennsylvania), the editors, along with Sydney Beveridge, take a closer look at the consequences of the recent New York mayoral race.
Bill Bratton on Both Coasts
FRIDAY, DEC 20, 2013
In just three days, Census Explorer has empowered thousands of users to create millions of data maps. The visualization project opens up data from 1990 to the present through interactive maps developed by Social Explorer. Since the launch on Tuesday, over 55,000 users have created more than 2,200,000 maps. (Try the site for yourself here.)
Census Explorer is built on the same revolutionary technology as Social Explorer, but offers just a...
TUESDAY, DEC 17, 2013
Social Explorer collaborated with the Census Bureau to create Census Explorer, a new visualization project, that launches today in connection with the release of the latest American Community Survey data (the five-year file from 2008 to 2012).
Powered by Social Explorer, Census Explorer opens up data to the public through interactive maps developed by Social Explorer. The site's easy-to-use online tools encourage users to explore demograp...
FRIDAY, DEC 13, 2013
Social Explorer is delighted to announce our new mobile version. Now, you can use Social Explorer's map and data tools on the go with our free app.
It is available at the Google Play Store (for Android phones and devices), and the App Store (for iPad, with an iPhone compatible version coming soon).
Enjoy Social Explorer in the classroom, on the sidewalk, at the coffee shop, and beyond. ...
THURSDAY, DEC 12, 2013
Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge appeared on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show to talk about demographic trends and Bloomberg's legacy.
In the special edition of the show "Three Questions About Bloomberg," Brian Lehrer asks listeners and experts:
1) Did Bloomberg make you healthier?
2) Did Bloomberg leave you behind?
3) Did Bloomberg secure our future?
Beveridge and Mark Winston Griffith of the Brooklyn Movement...
WEDNESDAY, DEC 04, 2013
Detroit’s booming car industry helped the city ascend, but now the city’s bankruptcy threatens to ruin it. As Detroit grapples with its finances, Social Explorer examines the shifts in population and income over the past 60 years.
Detroit peaked in population size at 1.8 million people in the 1950 census. The city population has been shrinking every decade since, and Detroit is the only city to have topped the million-people mark and then fa...