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MONDAY, FEB 01, 2016

First in the Nation: Iowa Election Spotlight

First in the Nation: Iowa Election Spotlight
As the presidential primaries officially begin with the Iowa Caucus, learn about the state's demographics and voting history with Social Explorer.   Economically, the state is a little better off than the rest of the nation.  It is less diverse than elsewhere in the country.   Candidates and the media talk about Iowa's farming, but just four percent of Iowa workers are employed in agriculture and related industries. Explore all of these topics pl... more
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TUESDAY, JAN 26, 2016

Interactive Tour: Election Maps in Depth

Interactive Tour: Election Maps in Depth
Learn more about Social Explorer's election maps. Based on data from Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, these maps include presidential elections from 1912 to the present, gubernatorial elections (including off-year elections) from 1990 to present; and congressional elections from 2000 to the present. The election data are displayed down to the district and county levels. Get started by watching Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge introduc... more
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MONDAY, JAN 25, 2016

Flint Michigan Water Crisis Demographics

Flint Michigan Water Crisis Demographics
Flint, Michigan, residents have been drinking contaminated water for over a year. In April 2014, emergency managers switched the city from the Detroit water system to Flint River as a cost saving measure until a pipeline from Lake Huron would be completed. The new water source released dangerous levels of lead from pipes and has been linked to other contaminents. Obama declared a state of emergency and several officials have resigned while others are under pressure to do so. As e... more
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TUESDAY, JAN 19, 2016

Social Explorer Shortcut: Creating a Report Using FIPS Codes

Social Explorer Shortcut: Creating a Report Using FIPS Codes
You can create a report to learn about a single geography or thousands at once. Did you know you can use Federal Information Processing Standard codes (known as FIPS codes) to help streamline the process? FIPS codes are identifiers for different geographies. For example, each county in the US has a unique five digits FIPS code assigned to it by the governmnet.  You can input one or more FIPS codes into the reports to pull up the places you wish to examine without hav... more
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WEDNESDAY, JAN 13, 2016

Saving and Sharing Reports in Social Explorer

Saving and Sharing Reports in Social Explorer
Creating custom tables in Social Explorer is quick and easy.  Did you know that you can also save and share reports with just a couple of clicks? Every report has a unique URL attached to it, which you can copy and save.  This is especially helpful if you are working on a table and then later want to go back and add or subtract geographies or particular tables.  It's also a convenient way to store a list of particular geographies or tables that you will want to revi... more
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MONDAY, JAN 04, 2016

Multivariable Maps: Creating New Comparisons and Visualizations

Multivariable Maps: Creating New Comparisons and Visualizations
Did you know that Social Explorer allows you to map multiple variables at once? Open up new opportunities to compare groups directly and visually on a single map. This blog post will guide you through mapping multiple variables in a few easy steps.  Our first map shows the white population in the New York metro area. With a few clicks, we'll add data on the black and Asian populations. To add other variables, go back to the Change Dat... more
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MONDAY, DEC 21, 2015

Inside Santa's (Data) Workshop

Inside Santa's (Data) Workshop
We all know Santa is making a list and checking it twice, but few have heard that Mrs. Claus, head of the North Pole demographics team, also makes maps and reports using Social Explorer to help plan the holiday season.  Enjoy this peek into how Santa's Data Workshop helps Christmas run so smoothly (updated with the latest available data). Use the "Full Screen" option for the best viewing experience. And for the data fans on your Christmas ... more
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FRIDAY, DEC 18, 2015

100 Years of US Elections Now Available on Social Explorer

100 Years of US Elections Now Available on Social Explorer
Social Explorer Announces New Release of Election Maps Social Explorer users now have access to a century of election data.  The presidential, senatorial, congressional and gubernatorial election data come from Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections.  Building on our recent release of 2004-12 election data, these maps now span over a century: presidential elections 1912 to the present, gubernatorial elections (including off-year elections) from 1... more
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TUESDAY, DEC 08, 2015

2010-14 Five-Year American Community Survey Data Now Available on Social Explorer

2010-14 Five-Year American Community Survey Data Now Available on Social Explorer
Newly released data from the 2014 American Community Survey are now available on Social Explorer. Subscribers can access the 2010-14 five-year file with both our map and reporting tools.   The American Community Survey (ACS) is an extensive annual survey administered by the Census Bureau to a sample of about three million households nationwide. The data include variables on income, race, ancestry, health insurance, commute time and much more.  The fi... more
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WEDNESDAY, DEC 02, 2015

Supreme Court Case Threatens Representation of Children and Non-Citizens [Report & Maps]

Supreme Court Case Threatens Representation of Children and Non-Citizens [Report & Maps]
New Report and Interactive Maps Explore Potential Impact of Evenwel v. Abbott on Redistricting Population equality is the main criteria for creating legislative districts in the US, but a proposed change could drastically alter how people are counted and how districts are drawn.  On December 8, 2015, the Supreme Court will hear the case of Evenwel v. Abbott, whose plaintiffs argue that legislative districts should be based upon the number of voters or potential voters in each dis... more
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