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FRIDAY, APR 22, 2016

Prince's Minneapolis: A Look at the Demographics Behind the Minnesota Sound

Prince's Minneapolis: A Look at the Demographics Behind the Minnesota Sound
Music icon Prince passed away yesterday at his home in Chanhassen City, Minnesota. Social Explorer examines the city of Prince’s youth and where he spent his years recording, using census data from 1970 and the latest American Community Survey. Prince Rogers Nelson was born in 1958 into a musical family. He spent several years living in the Willard-Hay and Uptown neighborhoods of Minneapolis. Deeply involved with the Uptown area, he would later open a store and gallery there cal... more
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WEDNESDAY, FEB 24, 2016

Closeup on the Super Tuesday States

Closeup on the Super Tuesday States
On March 1st, 12 states participate in the Super Tuesday primary elections and caucuses. Politicians, voters and the media will be focusing on Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. Learn how these states compare with each other and the rest of the country in terms of demographics, voting histories and religion. (Interactive best viewed in fullscreen mode or a new window.) ... more
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WEDNESDAY, FEB 17, 2016

Closeup on the Early Primary States: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina

Closeup on the Early Primary States: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina
Early presidential primary and caucus results set the course for the party nominations. Learn how Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina compare to the rest of the country in terms of demographics, voting histories and religion. (Interactive best viewed in fullscreen mode or a new window.) Learn more about our election maps here. more
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WEDNESDAY, FEB 03, 2016

Super Data Bowl 2016

Super Data Bowl 2016
Gear up for the Super Bowl with data!  Social Explorer brings you gameday demographics on the competing teams' hometowns.  Learn all about Denver and Charlotte fans, snacks and growth in this interactive Social Explorer activity: Good luck to all the football and data fans this weekend! more
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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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