Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A new view of the housing boom and bust

http://datatools.urban.org/Features/mortgages-by-race/#5/38.000/-96.500 "Today’s tight credit environment has constrained mortgage lending and is disproportionately affecting African American and Hispanic households. As a result, these communities have found it harder to take advantage of the low home prices and interest rates that followed the housing market crash, missing an important opportunity to build wealth through homeownership."

Financial Status of Each State

http://online.barrons.com/articles/states-finances-have-gotten-on-solid-ground-1416633606 "With a few prominent exceptions, states are healthier than they’ve been in years. Good news for municipal-bond investors. U.S. states represent one of the most secure areas of the global bond market, typically benefiting from low debt levels relative to the size of their economies, and the ability to cut spending and raise taxes during tough times."

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Would you guess there are fewer Amish today? You'd be so wrong. "There’s no denying that the Amish are fascinating to the rest of us ("the English," in Amish terms). They’re the topic of reality television shows and documentaries, a particularly memorable Nancy Drew novel and the Academy Award-winning 1985 film "Witness." Vanilla Ice "went Amish." We buy their furniture and jam, and may occasionally spot their buggies when driving on country roads through America’s heartland. Many may not realize, however, that though the Amish make up only a tiny percentage of Americans (less than 0.001 percent), the Amish population has grown enormously since the early 1960s, with much of the increase occurring in the last two decades."

Friday, November 21, 2014

Middle Class Home Affordablity by State

If you're struggling to buy a home in San Francisco or New York, you may want to consider Dayton or Rochester. Those are two of the U.S. cities where middle-class buyers are most likely to find an affordable home, according to a new report by the real-estate website Trulia. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/20/middle-class-homes_n_6194850.html

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Why Many Americans Still Don't Have Internet Access, In 4 Charts "In some American cities, up to 40 percent of households don't have an Internet connection, according to a new analysis based on census data. Bill Callahan, director of the digital access advocacy group Connect Your Community 2.0, crunched numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau to find the best- and worst-connected major American cities. More than a quarter of households in the U.S. don’t have a computer with an Internet connection, according to the 2013 American Community Survey released by the Census Bureau in September. The report was the first Community Survey to look at rates of Internet connection by detailed geographic location."

Monday, November 10, 2014

Missing Persons Cases by State

"It’s the unthinkable in the age of connectivity. A spouse doesn’t arrive home on time; a colleague fails to show up for work; a child never makes it to class. Even now, people vanish without a trace -- leaving families and law enforcement grasping for clues."

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Highs And Lows Of The U.S. Economy Since 1999

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/30/geography-of-jobs_n_6069856.html "America has been through a roller coaster ride of job creation and job loss over the last 15 years. But sometimes it can be difficult to really grasp just how wild that ride has been. This map, which was created by TIP Strategies, an economic development consulting firm, will certainly help you do that. The map charts annual job growth and job loss in every metro area in the country between 1999 and 2014. The size of the bubbles corresponds to the net number of jobs gained or lost. Blue bubbles represent overall gains and red, losses. Press play to start the visualization, and scroll over the bubbles to see the exact job stats for each city."

Monday, October 27, 2014

These Are The Most Googled Halloween Costumes In Each State

These Are The Most Googled Halloween Costumes In Each State

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Happiest Countries

These Are The World's Happiest Countries (Think the US Made It?) "The World Happiness Report has spoken, and this is how they rank the happiest countries in the world. They weighed factors like longevity, social services and freedom – and although everyone has their own ideas of what makes people happy, the list is rather revealing."

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wealthiest Women By State (includes link to Wealthiest Americans By State)

Here Is The Richest Woman In Each State "When we think about the most powerful women in America, names like Oprah Winfrey, Janet Yellen, and Sheryl Sandberg come to mind. But measure sheerly by the size of their bank accounts, and a different group of women top the charts. This map from the real estate blog Movoto displays the net worth of the richest female resident in each U.S. state. Darker shades of blue reflect those at the richest end of the wealth spectrum. Darker reds correlate with lesser net worth. Lighter shades of both indicate something closer to the middle."

Friday, October 10, 2014


At Least A Third Of All Women Murdered In The US Are Killed By Male Partners

"It's a sobering fact. At least one third of all female homicide victims in the U.S. are killed by male intimate partners -- husbands and ex-husbands, boyfriends and estranged lovers. While both men and women experience domestic violence, the graphics below should put to rest the myth that abuse occurs equally to both sexes."

Monday, October 06, 2014

Public and Private Sector Payroll Jobs, 1976-2014

Public and Private Sector Payroll Jobs: Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country

"If global carbon emissions and sea levels are affected by climate change , about 2.6 percent of the global population (about 177 million people) will be living in a place at risk of regular flooding."

Click HERE to see the map

Friday, September 26, 2014

Think you drink a lot? This chart will tell you.

30 percent of American adults don't drink at all. Another 30 percent consume, on average, less than one drink per week. On the other hand, the top 10 percent of American adults - 24 million of them - consume an average of 74 drinks per week, or a little more than 10 drinks per day.
Click HERE to view the chart

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wikipedia edit rate by county

Wikipedia Edits Reveal America's "Data Deserts" "For many, the concept of the “data revolution” conjures up images of online transactions, genomic medical data, and ubiquitous sensor networks. But user-generated data sets, such as social media updates, Flickr photos, and blog posts, are a major part of the data revolution as well. Internet users post 100 hours of video to YouTube every minute, and tweet around 600 million times a day. These data sets reflect the lived experiences of millions of individuals, and collectively provide valuable information about many different communities."

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Unemployment Rate In Every State, Before And After The Great Recession

"It's been five years since the recession ended, and the unemployment rate in most states is still higher than it used to be. Here's a state-by-state look at how unemployment in the years before the recession compares with unemployment now." Unemployment By State, Before And After The Great Recession

Monday, September 01, 2014

24 Years Of America's Unemployment Rate In 10 Seconds

Unemployment Rate By US County 1990-2013 Source: BLS


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Health Care Rates by State

A preliminary look at 2015 individual market rate filings

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Child Gun Deaths by State

The Horrific Risk of Gun Violence for Black Kids in America, In 4 charts

Electricity Price by State

The Price of Electricity in Each State

Thursday, August 14, 2014

What Does Your State Shop For Online?

What does your state shop for online?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Internet Speed by State

Which State Has the Fastest Internet Speed?

Friday, August 08, 2014

Stop and Identify Statutes by State

Details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_and_identify

The United States WITHOUT Gerrymandering


Saturday, August 02, 2014

How Cultures Move Across Continents


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