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First in the Nation: Iowa Election Spotlight
MONDAY, FEB 01, 2016

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
Interactive Tour: Election Maps in Depth
TUESDAY, JAN 26, 2016

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
Flint Michigan Water Crisis Demographics
MONDAY, JAN 25, 2016

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
Social Explorer Shortcut: Creating a Report Using FIPS Codes
TUESDAY, JAN 19, 2016

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
Saving and Sharing Reports in Social Explorer
WEDNESDAY, JAN 13, 2016

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
Multivariable Maps: Creating New Comparisons and Visualizations
MONDAY, JAN 04, 2016

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
Inside Santa's (Data) Workshop
MONDAY, DEC 21, 2015

Inside Santa's (Data) Workshop

We all know Santa is making a list and checking it twice, but few have heard that Mrs. Claus, head of the North Pole demographics team, also makes maps and reports using Social Explorer to help plan the holiday season.  Enjoy this peek into how Santa's Data Workshop helps Christmas run so smoothly (updated with the latest available data). Use the "Full Screen" option for the best viewing experience. And for the data fans on your Christmas ... more
Veterans Day Data
MONDAY, NOV 09, 2015

Veterans Day Data

In honor of Veterans Day, Social Explorer takes a look at service men and women around the nation. As of the most recent detailed American Community Survey (2009-13), nearly one in ten adult civilians was a veteran: 21,263,779 veterans living in the US (nine percent of the adult civilian population). Click to learn more about the shifting veteran population, socioeconomic measures, disabilities, poverty and more: Parade Salute cover image from U.S. Army Flickr, Creati... more
Affordable Housing in NYC: Stuyvesant Town Then and Now
TUESDAY, OCT 27, 2015

Affordable Housing in NYC: Stuyvesant Town Then and Now

The largest residential housing development in the US has undergone dramatic change since it was first built over sixty years ago. A new purchase will change ownership of the complex and rents for 5,000 of the units will be regulated for 20 years. Social Explorer examines the history of the complex’s residents and what the new shift means for affordable housing in New York City.   more
American Eyes on the Canadian Election
TUESDAY, OCT 20, 2015

American Eyes on the Canadian Election

Following on Canada's national election and controversial Prime Minister race, Social Explorer takes a look at where Canadians live in America.  According to the 2009-13 American Community Survey, there were 811,109 Canadians living in America, and 707,987 people with Canadian ancestry, plus another 2,061,608 French Canadians.   Back in 1920 at the height of immigration to the US, Canadians were the fifth most common immigrant group behind Germany, Italy, Russi... more