Social Explorer announces the release of the American Community Survey 2005-2009 (Five-Year File). The American Community Survey (ACS) has replaced the famous Census “Long Form,” and collects data on a variety of important topics, including education, employment, income, citizenship, place of birth, migration, ancestry or ethnic background, health coverage and so much more.
The New York Times and Social Explorer put together a selection of this data for a feature the day it was released, and now the entire ACS is available to Social Explorer users.
The data include over 23,000 columns (or data fields) and some 675,000 geographic units. All together, there are over 11.1 billion data elements.
Much of the data is available in map form, for states, counties, places, tracts and block groups. All of the data released by the Census Bureau, including the error files, are now accessible using our reporting tools.
On New Years Eve, Social Explorer reflects on a year of 2.9 million maps created by over 100,000 users. Looking to 2011, we resolve to fatten up with new data and tools. Here’s the exciting new data diet we’re sticking to:
1. The entire release of the American Community Survey 2005-09 (coming early January).
2. A tool that automatically adjusts Cost of Living for any year since 1913, and makes it possible to compare things like income distribution from year to year.
3. Release of the 2010 Census Redistricting Data state-by-state as it becomes available (starting with New Jersey and Virginia in February).
4. The ability to overlay Social Explorer on top of Google maps and switch seamlessly between them.
5. Interactive tools to view data on the map interface.
6. An embed code generator to help you share maps and reports on blogs and other websites.
7. A tool that will automatically report change over time, taking into account shifts in the data or geography.
8. A new release of the the InfoGroup religion data for 2010.
The data gluttons at Social Explorer look forward to bringing these and other features to our users in the coming months.
Social Explorer wishes you and yours a happy New Year filled with data!
Social Explorer users now have access to new and detailed religion demographics from infoGROUP’s American Church List (ACL) data for 2009. The ACL provides the most complete and accurate database of churches and religious associated businesses with approximately 350,000 houses of worship.
The data includes over 20 groups and 230 denominations, and are viewable by religious tradition or family. The reports offer a detailed breakdown of each religion, such as this table for Jewish congregations and adherents in New York County (Manhattan).
2009 American Church List Data Table: Jewish Tradition
You can look at both county-level and Public Use Microdata Area (PUMA)-level data. County-level data offers a high level of religion data detail in less-populated communities. PUMA-level data (at least 100,000 per PUMA) enables users to see a much higher level of detail in big cities. For instance, New York has five counties (some with millions of people in them), but with the PUMA map, you can see religion data in 54 large neighborhoods.
2009 American Church List Data PUMA-level: A Zoomed-In View of Parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn
Also, each house of worship is viewable by name and location on the map. (Additional details on each one will be included in future releases.)
2009 American Church List Data: A Zoomed-In View of Upper Manhattan
If you think a house of worship is missing, please report it by clicking on the “Report a missing congregation” link at the top right of the map screen.
Start exploring the new data and features through the maps or the reports (subscription required).
Social Explorer will soon have access to new religion demographics from infoGROUP’s American Church List (ACL) data.
Users will be able to examine the data at different levels of detail, and view information about every congregation in the US.
Building on Social Explorer’s 1980, 1990 and 2000 religion data, this new data will enable a more thorough and current examination of religion in the US.
This week, Social Explorer unveils 2009 data, enabling subscribers to work with the most currently available demographic information.
The data come from the American Community Survey
(ACS), an extensive annual survey administered by the Census Bureau to a sample of about 3 million households nationwide. Just one week after the Census Bureau released this data, Social Explorer added them to the site for users to explore.
In concert with the decennial Census, Social Explorer’s 2007 estimates, and prior years of the ACS, the newly added 2009 ACS data offer improved ways to explore and describe US demographics. This 2009 data will also be instrumental in seeing the impact of the recession on the US and forecasting upcoming redistricting changes.
Social Explorer is a one-stop destination for Census data since 1790, and now interacting with the data is even easier. This week, Social Explorer unveiled a new and improved reporting system for 1940 to 1960 data. This upgrade offers a more flexible interface for users that is more consistent with other decades.
At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this month, President Obama will announce the US’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.
Did you know that you can map pollution using Social Explorer? In addition to 220 years of Census and American Community Survey data, Social Explorer has additional datasets from particular projects, including carbon emissions data.
This data comes from a collaboration with the Vulcan Project, a NASA/Department of Energy funded effort based at Purdue University. The Vulcan Project has quantified US fossil fuel carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at space and time scales much finer than has been achieved in the past.
Social Explorer users can explore carbon emissions data for 2002 here. Take a look at maps of the whole country and your own town to learn more about the distribution of emissions while the policy debates continue.
Earlier this month, Social Explorer unveiled 2008 data, enabling subscribers to work with the most currently available demographic information.
The data come from the American Community Survey (ACS), an annual survey administered by the Census Bureau to a sample of about 3 million households nationwide. The results from the 2008 survey were recently released and Social Explorer has them ready for use. In concert with the decennial Census, Social Explorer’s 2006 estimates, and prior years of the ACS, the newly added 2008 ACS data offer improved ways to explore and describe US demographics.
Earlier this month, Social Explorer unveiled new estimates that let subscribers work with Census tract-level data for the year 2006. The new resource enables deeper research for more recent years of data.
Social Explorer constructed this dataset using data from both the published and public use micro-sample of the 2005-2007 American Community Survey (ACS), and geographic boundaries from the 2000 Census. Social Explorer allocated six-year changes at the so-called PUMA level (areas of at least 100,000 people) to the tracts based upon their characteristics in 2000. In this way, Social Explorer estimates are consistent with those produced by the ACS.
This additional resource brings usability and local-area specificity to the most currently available data. Subscribers can access the 2006 Census estimates through the maps and the reports tabs.
Click here to find out more about subscribing for access to the new estimates and all of Social Explorer’s tools and resources.