Monday, March 02, 2015

50 Years Of Shrinking Union Membership, In One Map

"Fifty years ago, nearly a third of U.S. workers belonged to a union. Today, it's one in 10. But the decline has not been the same for every state. Here is a map showing how union membership has changed across the country."

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2015/02/23/385843576/50-years-of-shrinking-union-membership-in-one-map

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The American Family Association Publishes Interactive 'Bigotry Map' Featuring LGBT Orgaizations

"A prominent fundamentalist organization is making headlines after creating an "anti-Christian bigotry map" which includes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy groups.

The American Family Association's interactive map, which can be found here, breaks down groups into four categories: anti-Christian, humanist, atheist and those with a "homosexual agenda.""

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/25/american-family-association-bigotry-map-_n_6754528.html

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Minimum Age Kids Can Be Unsupervised At Home, By State

"Parents have made news recently after being detained for purposefully leaving children on their own, prompting renewed debate about so-called "free-range parenting."

That includes Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, a Silver Spring, Md., couple who are being investigated after they let their children, ages 10 and 6, walk home from a park last month by themselves."

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/02/18/384050825/kids-solo-playtime-unleashes-free-range-parenting-debate

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sound levels across the 48 contiguous states

"Craving some silence? Head (quietly) toward the blue regions on the map above. Based on 1.5 million hours of acoustical monitoring from places as remote as Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and as urban as New York City, scientists have created a map of noise levels across the country on an average summer day. After feeding acoustic data into a computer algorithm, the researchers modeled sound levels across the country including variables such as air and street traffic. Deep blue regions, such as Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, have background noise levels lower than 20 decibels—a silence likely as deep as before European colonization, researchers say."

http://news.sciencemag.org/environment/2015/02/new-map-shows-americas-quietest-places

Saturday, February 14, 2015

“Drastic Decline” Seen in World Press Freedom

"A leading advocacy group warns of a “worldwide deterioration in freedom of information” last year.

Out of the 180 countries being surveyed, two-thirds have slipped in standards compared to last year, according to the Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index 2015."

http://www.juancole.com/2015/02/drastic-decline-freedom.html

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What Was the Deepest Snow in Your State?

'With a country as large as the United States, winter comes in all forms. And some more than others, will suffer from the bitter cold that comes with snowy days.

The slideshow on this page counts down the greatest snow depth ever officially recorded in each of the 50 states, in order from lowest to highest. Our list comes from the certified records maintained by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

Click through to find out where your state ranks - and to see which state tops them all. You may be surprised!"

http://www.weather.com/sports-recreation/ski/news/deepest-snow-50-states-record-snow-cover-20130220

Friday, February 06, 2015

infant mortality rate by country

"Figures are from the 2011 revision of the United Nations World Population Prospects report, by five years averages,[1] and the CIA World Factbook.[2]

The infant mortality rate (IMR) is the number of deaths of infants under one year old per 1,000 live births. This rate is often used as an indicator of the level of health in a country. The infant mortality rate of the world is 49.4 according to the United Nations and 42.09 according to the CIA World Factbook.

Note that due to differences in reporting, these numbers may not be comparable across countries; while the WHO recommendation is that all children who show signs of life should be recorded as live births, in many countries this standard is not followed, artificially lowering their infant mortality rates relative to countries which follow those standards."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_infant_mortality_rate

Vaccination Coverage Among Children in Kindergarten - United States, 2012-13 School Year

"State and local school vaccination requirements are implemented to maintain high vaccination coverage and minimize the risk from vaccine preventable diseases (1). To assess school vaccination coverage and exemptions, CDC annually analyzes school vaccination coverage data from federally funded immunization programs. These awardees include 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC), five cities, and eight U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions.* This report summarizes vaccination coverage from 48 states and DC and exemption rates from 49 states and DC for children entering kindergarten for the 2012–13 school year. Forty-eight states and DC reported vaccination coverage, with medians of 94.5% for 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine; 95.1% for local requirements for diphtheria, tetanus toxoid, and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccination; and 93.8% for 2 doses of varicella vaccine among awardees with a 2-dose requirement. Forty-nine states and DC reported exemption rates, with the median total of 1.8%. Although school entry coverage for most awardees was at or near national Healthy People 2020 targets of maintaining 95% vaccination coverage levels for 2 doses of MMR vaccine, 4 doses of DTaP† vaccine, and 2 doses of varicella vaccine (2), low vaccination and high exemption levels can cluster within communities, increasing the risk for disease. Reports to CDC are aggregated at the state level; however, local reporting of school vaccination coverage might be accessible by awardees. These local-level data can be used to create evidence-based health communication strategies to help parents understand the risks for vaccine-preventable diseases and the benefits of vaccinations to the health of their children and other kindergarteners."

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6230a3.htm?s_cid=mm6230a3_e

The Most Common* Job In Every State

"*We used data from the Census Bureau, which has two catch-all categories: "managers not elsewhere classified" and "salespersons not elsewhere classified." Because those categories are broad and vague to the point of meaninglessness, we excluded them from our map."

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2015/02/05/382664837/map-the-most-common-job-in-every-state

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

A History Of Virulence

"This interactive map visually plots global outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases that are easily preventable by inexpensive and effective vaccines. Red triangles indicate attacks on vaccinators and healthcare workers, as well as announcements from both governments and non-state actors that have had an impact—either positive or negative—on the successful implementation of vaccination programs.

http://www.cfr.org/interactives/GH_Vaccine_Map/index.html#map

Sunday, February 01, 2015

50 Wonderfully Embarrassing Facts About Each State

http://news.distractify.com/mark-pygas/sad-state-facts

Friday, January 30, 2015

States with Most Gun Deaths Have High Gun Ownership And Weak Gun Laws

"It seems like a relatively obvious equation: The weaker the gun laws and the higher the rate of gun ownership in a given state, the more deaths from gun violence that state will see.

That's the conclusion of a report released Thursday by the Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit organization that researches the public health impact of gun violence.

Alaska has the highest rate of gun fatalities in the country, according to data from 2013. The state saw 19.59 deaths per 100,000 people, which is significantly above the national average of 10.64 deaths per 100,000. VPC's report indicates that Alaska also has the country's third-highest rate of gun ownership, with firearms in 60.6% percent of households."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/29/weak-gun-laws-and-high-gu_n_6572384.html

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Public School Spending By State

"The National Center for Education Statistics on Thursday released its latest data on how much money states are investing in public school students."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/29/nces-school-spending-data_n_6565878.html

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Here's How Much You Have To Earn To Be In The 1 Percent In Each State

"What does it take to make it into the 1 percent of earners? In Arkansas, you'd need to pull in $228,298 a year. In Connecticut, the threshold is $677,608. That's according to a report released Monday by the Economic Policy Institute, examining income inequality by state."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/26/1-percent-in-each-state-map_n_6548222.html

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Least Segregated Cities in America

"Major American Cities (population > 400,000) Ranked by Neighborhood Diversity"

http://priceonomics.com/the-most-and-least-segregated-cities-in-america/

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Here Is The Most Disproportionately Popular Cuisine In Each State

"When most people think American cuisine, they think pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers.

While these are indeed staples across the country, every state has its own sense of flavor. Now, thanks to a collaboration between The Huffington Post and Yelp, we can see exactly what types of cuisine are most likely to appear in each state.

You may not be surprised to learn that Maine is crazy about seafood. But would you have guessed that Utah has a hankering for Hawaiian?"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/14/most-popular-cuisine-state_n_6457252.html

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The most disproportionately popular baby names in every state

"The most popular baby names don't differ a whole lot across the country, even between states that are very far apart geographically and culturally. Mason is big in Maine, Louisiana, and Washington alike, for example, and Emma and Sophia are the dominant girls' names in most states, according to maps from the Huffington Post."

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/5/7446319/baby-names-distinctive-state

National Broadband Map

"This map displays broadband technologies offered to end users (e.g. DSL, cable, wireless, fiber, etc.)."

http://www.broadbandmap.gov/technology

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The Global Gender Gap Index 2014

"In 2006, 56% of the economic participation gap had been closed; in 2014, 60% of this gap has been closed. In 2006, almost 92% of the educational attainment gap had been closed; in 2014, 94% of this gap has been closed. On health and survival, however, there has been a small deterioration between 2006 and 2014, from 97% to 96%. In 2006, 14% of the global political empowerment gap had been closed; in 2014, 21% of this gap has been closed."

http://widgets.weforum.org/gender-gap-report-2014

Monday, January 05, 2015

The Safest States In America

"From 24/7 Wall St.: The number of violent crimes dropped across the United States by 4.4% in 2013 compared to the year before, according to estimates released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In the last decade, the number of violent crimes declined by nearly 15%."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/04/_n_6412904.html

Thursday, January 01, 2015

10 Most Corrupt States

"New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union.

When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it's costing U.S. citizens big time.

http://fortune.com/2014/06/10/most-corrupt-states-in-america

Friday, December 26, 2014

52 Stories from Educators Across the U.S.

EdSurge's 2014 Fifty States Project

Thursday, December 25, 2014

the dude map

How American men refer to their bros

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Most Expensive Homes in Every State

"Equipped with unlimited cash and a blank slate, what would your dream house look like? Perhaps it might take the form of one of the most expensive homes in the country. The Zillow team combed through all available real estate in the country and put together this list of the priceiest properties in every state. Whether you fancy guitar-shaped grounds (yes, they exist!) or prefer the tranquility of more than 8,600 feet of waterfront land, these over-the-top homes are the stuff of modern fairy tales." http://www.weather.com/home-garden/home/news/expensive-homes-every-state

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Aerial America

"See the USA in a new way" http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/sc/web/series/701/aerial-america

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