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Labor Day Data
WEDNESDAY, SEP 02, 2015

Labor Day Data

Every September, Labor Day honors the contributions of American workers. The holiday began in the mid-1880s with local celebrations, and in 1894, the federal government declared it a national holiday. Social Explorer takes a look at America's labor force through history with a special focus on manufacturing. Best wishes for the holiday weekend. more
New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina
THURSDAY, AUG 20, 2015

New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina

Ten years ago starting on August 23rd, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast for days. In 2011, The New York Times cited Social Explorer data and analysis in its coverage of the recovery. A new New York Times article on Katrina's uneven recovery features maps using Social Explorer data. We check in again to see how demographics have changed in New Orleans from before and after the storm.   more
Happy Father's Day Data
THURSDAY, JUN 18, 2015

Happy Father's Day Data

In honor of Father's Day, Social Explorer takes a look at parents and families across the U.S. and over time, with a special focus on single dads. Learn about trends in family types and see how famous TV single dads compare to their neighborhoods. For more on mothers, check out our recent Mother's Day blog post. more
Advice to Graduates: Just one word...Data!
THURSDAY, JUN 04, 2015

Advice to Graduates: Just one word...Data!

As college graduates venture off into the real world this spring, Social Explorer takes a look at detailed education data. Learn about the breakdown of different college majors with data from the American Community Survey.  more
Irving Berlin's American Journey: A Social Explorer Project
TUESDAY, JUN 02, 2015

Irving Berlin's American Journey: A Social Explorer Project

Young Irving Berlin arrived in America as a poor Russian immigrant. He went on to create some of the nation's most iconic songs even though he never learned how to read music. His story helps tell the tale of immigrant life in the United States. Follow his journey through maps, charts, videos and lyrics in this Social Explorer project, plus video commentary from Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge on immigration trends in America.   For more on immigra... more
Happy Bike to Work Week: Social Explorer Profiles Commuting in America
THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015

Happy Bike to Work Week: Social Explorer Profiles Commuting in America

Celebrate Bike to Work Week by learning all about how Americans get to work in our new Social Explorer activity. Commuters spend substantial portions of their days traveling to and from work. From cars to bikes, minutes to hours, and neighborhood to neighborhood, these trips range widely, as we examine using census data from the Census and American Community Survey. Browse maps, charts and multimedia to explore commutes around the nation and in your own n... more
Mother's Day Data
THURSDAY, MAY 07, 2015

Mother's Day Data

In honor of Mother's Day, Social Explorer takes a look at parents and families across the U.S. and over time. more
Armenian and Turkish Americans 100 Years After the Genocide
THURSDAY, APR 23, 2015

Armenian and Turkish Americans 100 Years After the Genocide

The Armenian Genocide began 100 years ago when the Ottoman government began a targeted extermination of Armenians, resulting in as many as 1.5 million casualties in the territory that would become modern day Turkey.   A century later, Social Explorer examines where Armenian and Turkish immigrants settled in America. There are 470,904 U.S. residents claiming Armenian ancestry and 193,615 claiming Turkish ancestry.  Each group makes up just a tiny percent of the nati... more
Super Data Bowl 2015
WEDNESDAY, JAN 28, 2015

Super Data Bowl 2015

When gearing up for the Super Bowl, some might analyze player statistics, game strategy, or even weather predictions (which have been proven to vary).  Instead, we at Social Explorer take the opportunity to dig into the demographics behind the team hometowns.   Check out the New England Patriots vs. the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Data Bowl. Click here for last year's writeup of the Seahawks vs. the Broncos. more
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Hometown 70 Years Later
SUNDAY, JAN 18, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Hometown 70 Years Later

Today, the US celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor the legendary civil rights leader.  To mark the occasion, Social Explorer examined data about King's hometown from his childhood and today.  Where the movie Selma put a spotlight on the civil rights stories stories, and exploring the data adds to the story.   more