[CITASA] Social Exlporer and Census's Census Explorer

Andrew A. Beveridge andy at socialexplorer.com
Fri Dec 20 16:16:27 EST 2013

FRIDAY, DEC 20, 2013
Census Explorer Update: Thousands of Users Creating Millions of Maps

In just three days, Census
Explorer<http://www.census.gov/censusexplorer/censusexplorer.html> has
empowered thousands of users to create millions of data maps.  The
visualization project opens up data from 1990 to the present through
interactive maps developed by Social Explorer.  Since the launch on
Wednesday, over 55,000 users have created more than 2,200,000 maps.  (Try
the site for yourself

Census Explorer is built on the same revolutionary technology as Social
Explorer, but offers just a taste of our website's full suite of data and
tools.  Social Explorer users can access Census data from 1790 to the
present, customize reports, create presentations and slideshows, embed and
share maps, and more.  Click here for more information about Social
Explorer Premium and how to subscribe.<http://www.socialexplorer.com/subscribe>

Journalists around the nation have also used Census Explorer to dig into
demographic trends both nationally and locally.   Check out the media
highlights below to inspire your own map creations.

*Video featuring Michael Ratcliffe from the Census Bureau
Jax News

*"The South is America's High School Dropout Factory

Are Americans educated enough? How you answer that question—which seems to
obsess certain newspaper editorial
depends on where in the country you
Some states compete with the best school systems in the world. Some seem to
be racing for the bottom. Today, I wanted to offer up three vivid
illustrations of how educationally balkanized we really are, courtesy of
the Census Bureau's delightful new interactive data-mapping

*"These 2 Cities Are Now Exclusively For Rich People

Few cities in the U.S. embody the growing divide between rich and poor
quite like New York and San Francisco. In just the past 20 years, both have
changed from economically diverse melting pots to exclusive playgrounds for
the rich.

The change is clear in striking new visualizations from the U.S. Census
Bureau, crunching data from its latest American Community Survey of
population and income.

In each of the pictures below...

*"Cenus Bureau makes mapping demographics online a snap

People who are clever with computers and savvy about statistics are able to
“map” demographic data in ways that readily reveal important facts about

For those of us who are not techno geeks, however, turning numbers into
understandable color-coded maps is nearly impossible.

But there’s good news for do-it-yourself demographers and folks who like to
delve into what makes communities tick.

The U.S. Census Bureau this week launched a remarkably easy-to-use
interactive mapping website called Census

*"'Immigrant suburbs' emerge in latest census sweep
<http://www.startribune.com/local/south/236316111.html>" Minneapolis

Foreign-born populations are moving out of the central cities. Even
outer-ring suburbs are becoming more culturally and racially diverse....

Those moves are visible in a new online mapping program the Census Bureau
unveiled on Tuesday, called Census
The program allows people to easily trace key changes in their own
neighborhoods from 1990 to 2000 to today...

*"Census bureau releases 'New Portrait of America's Communities
11 Sunrise (NBC)*

When you think Census Bureau, you usually think population. But it doesn't
just count people, it also helps track living situations and neighborhood
environments within the country. Just this week, the Census released its
"New Portrait of America's Communities" report.

The bureau also has a new tool this year, to help you go online and look at
what makes up your neighborhood. The "Census Explorer", is an interactive
mapping toolthat gives easier access to neighborhood-level statistics...

*"Map: The Astonishing Concentration of High-Income Earners Around
Washington, D.C.

Six of the top-ten richest counties are in Virginia and Maryland, and 13 of
the top-30 richest counties form a continuous circle around the nation's

To see median household income and more in your own state, county, and
neighborhood, check out Census Explorer.

*"7 Revealing Maps About Philly's Demographics

The Census Bureau
new mapping tool
<http://www.census.gov/censusexplorer/censusexplorer.html> this
week that lets users easily access maps with demographic data at the
census-tract level.

We took a look at the bureau's maps of the Philadelphia area, checking out
how the foreign-born population, education levels, home-ownership rates,
household incomes and other data vary across the city...

*"Where Renters Live

Alongside a wealth of new data released Tuesday from the American Community
Survey, the Census Bureau unveiled a nice new mapping
tool<http://www.census.gov/censusexplorer/censusexplorer.html> that
makes it possible to visualize individual neighborhoods by everything from
the age of the local population to the median income to the share of
residents with a high school diploma. The most recent picture is based on
new five-year ACS data from 2007-2012.

But the tool also pulls in results form the 1990 and 2000 censuses, making
it possible to compare states, counties and census tracts over time across
each of these categories.

We can envision a lot of uses for the new Census Explorer (pick just about
any city, for example, and you can watch its population age over the last
20 years). But one less commonly mapped detail about local communities
popped out: the share of residents, by census tract, who live in homes they
own themselves...
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