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Category: Data and Empirical Tools

Profile America: a Daily Dose of Census Information

Profile America is a daily 60-second podcast feature from the Census Bureau. The features use information gathered by the Census Bureau to present factual vignettes about an event, observance, or commemoration. The features are produced in text and audio formats. Listening to or reading these tidbits of information is a quick way to familiarize yourself with …Read the Rest

March Madness at the Census Bureau

The Census Bureau offers its own flavor of “March madness” brackets. If filling in your NCAA bracket left you wanting more, then the Census Bureau’s “Population Bracketology“ is ready to test your knowledge of the United States population. There are actually two brackets, “Metro Area Population” and “State Population.” The metro area population bracket involves choosing the metropolitan …Read the Rest

Illustrating a Fact by Combining Data and Visual Presentation

Recently, Wired did a story on “14 World-Changing Data Visualizations, From the Last 4 Centuries.” Included in the story is an 1858 map of London’s Soho with black bars indicating cholera cases, a grouping of circular plots showing 1840s cycles of temperature and cholera deaths, and a 1685 map of the world including ocean currents. Recently, …Read the Rest

Valentines Facts from the Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau has released “Valentine’s Day 2014: Feb. 14,” Facts for Features. The Facts for Features series gathers demographic and economic statistics from the Census Bureau usually focusing on a holiday, anniversary, or topic in the news. The Valentine’s Day issue gives statistics on U.S. manufactures of candy, flowers, jewelry, and on marriage. The Census Bureau’s website …Read the Rest

Fact Tank’s “Data Feed”

The Pew Research Centers’ Fact Tank has a new daily feature, “Data Feed.” The feature is “[a] daily roundup of fresh data from scholars, governments, thinks tanks, pollsters and other social science researchers.” The feature started on January 6. On that day the data featured covered a wide range of topics. The topic politics contains …Read the Rest

Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 28th annual cost of Thanksgiving Day dinner for 10 found that this year’s dinner should cost about 44 cents less than last year’s. As indicated in the chart below one of the biggest contributors to this savings is the turkey. A 16-pound turkey is estimated to cost 47 cents less than …Read the Rest