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TUESDAY, FEB 11, 2014

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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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MONDAY, DEC 30, 2013

All 2012 American Community Survey data are now available on Social Explorer.

All 2012 American Community Survey data are now available on Social Explorer.
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... more
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TUESDAY, DEC 24, 2013

"Bill Bratton on Both Coasts"--Thoughts on NYC's New Police Commissioner

"Bill Bratton on Both Coasts"--Thoughts on NYC's New Police Commissioner
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 ... more
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FRIDAY, DEC 20, 2013

Census Explorer Update: Thousands of Users Creating Millions of Maps

Census Explorer Update: Thousands of Users Creating Millions of Maps
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... more
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