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How To: Custom Inflation Adjustments
WEDNESDAY, APR 05, 2017

How To: Custom Inflation Adjustments

When you create your Social Explorer report, you can change the inflation adjustment year. Get started comparing money-related data from different decades in a few easy steps. By default, the dollar figures are adjusted to whatever the survey states. In this example, the 1980 Census data on Median Household Income is in 1979 dollars. Find the "Adjust $ values for inflation to:" to make the adjustment. ​Then, click the year you want to adjust the dollar figur... more
International Women's Day Then, Now and Abroad
WEDNESDAY, MAR 08, 2017

International Women's Day Then, Now and Abroad

International Women's Day (March 8th) is a global celebration of women's social, economic, cultural and political achievements. With a rich history of activism, the first marches were held over 100 years ago. Compare the distribution of the female population in the US from the early days of International Women's Day activities and the present.  Broadening to an international focus, explore the following map of the female population across di... more
Updated and Expanded 2016 Election Results Maps
FRIDAY, FEB 10, 2017

Updated and Expanded 2016 Election Results Maps

We recently added 2016 Senatorial and Gubernatorial results to our Election Maps collection. All of our election data come from Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. In addition to winners and voter turnouts, the maps also include voting age population, citizens of voting age population, and competitiveness. We also updated our system with the latest vote counts (including absentee and mail-in ballots) for the most up to date election result information. Learn ... more
Detailed Population Estimates for 2010 to 2015 Now Available
FRIDAY, FEB 03, 2017

Detailed Population Estimates for 2010 to 2015 Now Available

Explore the Census Bureau's Population Estimates for 2010 through 2015 in our reports and maps. These estimates include detailed data on age (by race and gender), births, deaths, migration, and housing units. The data are available at the national, state and county levels. Learn more about the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program here. As a sample, explore this map of the estimated birth rate per 1,000 people for 2011 and 2015. In 2011, the rates span from 9.51... more
Warm up for the Super Bowl with Social Explorer’s own Big Data Dance
THURSDAY, FEB 02, 2017

Warm up for the Super Bowl with Social Explorer’s own Big Data Dance

Beyond game statistics, strategy and weather forecasts, true nerdy fans analyze demographics. This Sunday, the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons will compete in Super Bowl LI. But first, they face off in the Super Data Bowl. We at Social Explorer take the opportunity to dig into data from the teams’ hometowns. For this demographic challenge, we will assess fandom, snack power, and related measures using Census and American Community Survey data. Fan St... more
NY Times Article on Banned Immigrant Groups Features Social Explorer Data and Analysis
TUESDAY, JAN 31, 2017

NY Times Article on Banned Immigrant Groups Features Social Explorer Data and Analysis

Donald Trump's executive order severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends refugee admission for 120 days, and bans Syrian refugees indefinitely. The New York Times feature "Immigrants From Banned Nations: Educated, Mostly Citizens and Found in Every State" explores the demographics of American residents from these seven countries. Susan Weber and Andrew A. Beveridge of Socialexplorer.com analyzed the American Community Survey for the article and maps. ... more
More Business Patterns Data and Maps Now Available
WEDNESDAY, DEC 28, 2016

More Business Patterns Data and Maps Now Available

Ring in the new year with new data! We recently introduced detailed industry data from the 2014 County Business Patterns (CBP) to the site. Now, we have more data available in both our reports and maps. The Census Bureau developed the CBP as an annual series to provide economic data by industry. These data include the number of establishments, employment, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll. Much of the data is organized by the North American Industry Classification System (NAIC... more
Adding Map Annotations: Beta Test SocialExplorer.com's New Geocoder
THURSDAY, DEC 22, 2016

Adding Map Annotations: Beta Test SocialExplorer.com's New Geocoder

Social Explorer is developing new ways for users to upload their own data. While we are refining these features, we want to let you test our new Geocoder (Beta). This lightweight tool allows you to upload a list of addresses and turn them into annotation points on our maps. (Just like our regular annotations, but in bulk.) Get started with the Geocoder by navigating to the map menu on the right corner (see blue arrow). And then click on the Geocoder from the list of o... more
Behind the Scenes of Santa's Data Workshop
TUESDAY, DEC 20, 2016

Behind the Scenes of Santa's Data Workshop

Tis the season...for data. While Santa’s workshop is best known for toy production, the Demographic Research Department works year round to forecast toy demand, plan optimal sleigh routes and more. The North Pole office subscribes to Social Explorer to study population distributions and trends. Santa's demographics team, led by Mrs. Claus, tracks the kid population across the US and through the decades. To get a rough idea of the overall American Santa audience, the ... more
New American Community Survey Data Now Available (Maps & Reports)
MONDAY, DEC 12, 2016

New American Community Survey Data Now Available (Maps & Reports)

The newly released data from the 2011-15 American Community Survey are now available on Social Explorer. Subscribers can access the new data through our maps and reports. 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 includes variables on income, race, ancestry, health insurance, housing, commute time and much more. This latest release of the ... more