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World Cup (Data) Fever 2018
TUESDAY, JUL 10, 2018

World Cup (Data) Fever 2018

As football fans around the globe get ready for the FIFA World Cup semi-final matches, Social Explorer put on its cleats and dug into data related to the four remaining teams. We looked at residents with the same ancestries as the teams to locate top fans who might be cheering the most. Find out more about US residents with ancestry ties to the different teams using American Community Survey Data (2012-16). (We used the modified cutpoints to help make each ancestry category, especially s... more
A Biracial Princess Sheds Light on U.S. Demographics
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2018

A Biracial Princess Sheds Light on U.S. Demographics

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has put the spotlight on the former actress now known as the Duchess of Sussex. The conversations around Markle’s identity as a biracial American mirror how the U.S. Census Bureau has handled terminology and rules for the survey’s racial categories over the years. Markle, whose father is white and mother is black, has frequently commented on her mixed-race identity and the prejudices and confusion that she has faced.... more
Census Bureau Adds a Citizenship Question
TUESDAY, MAR 27, 2018

Census Bureau Adds a Citizenship Question

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau gathers basic information about people and households for the entire American population, such as age, gender, race and number of people in a home. For the first time since 1950, the census will again ask about citizenship. Last night, the Department of Commerce, which oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, decided to add a question that will ask whether or not you are a citizen. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross outlin... more
Social Explorer’s 2018 Super “Data” Bowl: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots
THURSDAY, FEB 01, 2018

Social Explorer’s 2018 Super “Data” Bowl: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots

While some Super Bowl fans study player stats, team strategy and weather forecasts, true data nerds prefer analyze demographics. This Sunday, the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will compete in Super Bowl LII. But first, they face off in Social Explorer's annual Super Data Bowl. Using 2005, 2016 and 2012-16 American Community Survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau, we dug into data from the teams’ hometowns. Read on to see how th... more
Alabama Evangelicals and Elections
TUESDAY, DEC 05, 2017

Alabama Evangelicals and Elections

On December 12th, Alabamans will elect a new senator to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. As our historical election maps show, Alabama has been a historically red state, with exclusively Republican senators for the past 20 years. The following map depicts the most recent senatorial election results from 2016.  (Scroll over shaded areas to see votes by county.) The nation’s attention is on this upcoming Special Election because it could close... more
Virginia Elections and Immigration
FRIDAY, NOV 03, 2017

Virginia Elections and Immigration

Leading up to Election Day, explore Social Explorer’s historical election results maps. One hotly contested race is Virginia’s gubernatorial election. Taking place just one year after the presidential election, the race is seen as an indicator of political party power in both the state and the nation. Current Lieutenant Governor, Ralph Northam, is running against former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ed Gillespie. The Virginia constitution limits go... more
Puerto Ricans in the United States
FRIDAY, OCT 06, 2017

Puerto Ricans in the United States

Building on Social Explorer's examination of Puerto Rico demographics, we turn to Puerto Ricans living in the 50 states. In the aftermath of the hurricane's destruction, many are predicting that more Puerto Ricans will leave the island and resettle in the US, probably near friends and relatives already living there. This large migration, potentially bigger than any other in the island's history, will shape both Puerto Rico and the mainland.  Social... more
Puerto Rico's Demography
WEDNESDAY, OCT 04, 2017

Puerto Rico's Demography

After Hurricane Maria's devastation and President Trump's recent visit, Puerto Rico has been in the spotlight. For more context, Social Explorer users can explore Puerto Rico demographics from 2000 to the present in both maps and reports.  According to the newly released 2016 American Community Survey, the island has 3,411,307 residents, making it a bit smaller than the City of Los Angeles (population 3,976,324).  While the US populat... more
Celebrating National Unmarried and Singles Week
MONDAY, SEP 18, 2017

Celebrating National Unmarried and Singles Week

Happy National Unmarried and Singles Week! The celebration originated in Ohio over 30 years ago when the Buckeye Singles Council of Columbus started National Singles Week. As the data show, the proportion of single Americans has grown each decade.  When the week was first instituted in 1980, unmarried and single Americans made up 42.7 percent of the adult population (all single, separated, widowed and divorced Americans over the age of 15, as counted by the Census Burea... more
Texas in Depth: The Path of Hurricane Harvey
TUESDAY, AUG 29, 2017

Texas in Depth: The Path of Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and the rain continues to fall. At least 10 people died and countless homes have flooded. Using Social Explorer’s American Community Survey maps and data, we took a look at the hardest hit areas to find out more about those most affected. Texas Governor Abbott declared a state of emergency in 30 counties, which has since been expanded to 58 counties. The following map highlights the disaster area, which includes 11,083,255 residents&mdas... more