This morning, Social Explorer’s Andrew Beveridge was a guest on WNYC’s the Brian Lehrer Show. The Brian Lehrer Show features interviews with news-makers and experts about current events and social issues.
Beveridge discussed how districts are apportioned, and what the Census will mean for redistricting complexities in New York and around the nation from partisan interests, the Voting Rights Act, prisoner populations and more.
During the interview, Beveridge described the role of the current Census count, “The Census form in a certain way may matter more than voting because it will say how much your vote is worth.”
For the first time this decade, Manhattan is shrinking. In “Manhattan Population Dropped in 2009, Census Says,” the New York Times’ Sam Roberts details the latest shifts in New York City’s population, as shown by the 2009 American Community Survey.
The article states, “The population of Manhattan, which had grown by nearly 90,000 since 2000, dropped by about 2,500, according to the estimate, which is based on calculations as of July 1, 2009.”
Andrew Beveridge comments on the findings and data, which was compiled by Social Explorer for the New York Times, “Obviously the financial sector is hurting and not drawing the people in that it used to.”
The number of young people moving back home is on the rise. In “Facing a Financial Pinch, and Moving in with Mom and Dad,” the New York Times’ Sam Roberts reports on the increasing trend of young adults returning to the nest. These members of the boomerang generation are moving back home in higher numbers, in part due to the recession.
Since 2000, more people in the 25-to-39 age group have been living in their parents’ homes. By 2008, before the full effect of the recession was being felt, their ranks had increased by double-digit percentages since the decade began: by 32 percent nationwide, and by nearly 40 percent in Manhattan.
In 1980, 11 percent of 25-to-34-year-olds were living in multi-generational households. By 2008, 20 percent were.
The article cites Social Explorer’s Andrew Beveridge on the boom in the boomerangs:
As the great recession has deepened and the job market has become tighter and tighter for young people, most especially those from minority backgrounds, more and more return or never leave the parental nest. If such a trend continues or deepens, the economic crisis may be creating a true ‘Failure to Launch’ generation.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Social Explorer helped the Brian Lehrer Show count up the Irish.
In a segment with Emerald Isle Immigration Center executive director Siobhan Dennehy, Brian Lehrer led a discussion about Irish-American communities and migration in the U.S. The show’s site also featured maps of Irish ancestry and foreign-born residents from Social Explorer.
In 2000–just two years after Canada’s 1998 olympic hockey loss–481,871 US residents checked the box for Canadian ancestry on the census form. Interestingly, not even all of the foreign-born Canadians identified as having Canadian ancestry (there were 820,771 foreign-born Canadians in the 2000 Census).
Now, with a fresh 2010 victory, will more people identify themselves as Canadian? With the 2010 Census, we will find out if Olympic hockey dictates data.