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Beyond Kansas

September 5th, 2013 · Comments Off

In 2004 Thomas Frank wrote the popular book What’s the Matter with Kansas that attempted to explain why folks vote against their own self-interest. It is now official that About 1 in 5 Households Experience Hardships in Meeting Basic Needs according to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation. Coincidentally this was released  […]

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Tags: Census · Economy · Press releases

Census Mashups

July 31st, 2012 · Comments Off

Don’t have enough apps on your mobile device?  Census to the rescue. You can create your own data mashup with the Census Bureau’s API.

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Census Got Sizzle

January 4th, 2012 · Comments Off

Census dot Gov is starting the new year with a new look.  The bureau can’t afford to continue publishing the Government Document librarian’s bible, the Statistical Abstract of the United States, but a new look — priceless.

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Head in the Sand

March 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment

For over 125 years, the Census Bureau has printed the Statistical Abstract of the United States, a standard compendium of “statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.”  Due to the fiscal dilemma the country is in (and the fact that violating the mantra of “no new taxes” has now become […]

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Less Is NOT More

December 14th, 2010 · Comments Off

Less is more — probably not when it comes to reapportionment.  The decennial smack down, when the 435 members of the house are divided up by the states of the union, is scheduled for release this month  and will probably have Missouri losing a House seat — nine to eight.  Although the population has gone […]

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New World (Statistical) Order

October 18th, 2010 · Comments Off

Forget Halloween — the special day in October is World Statistics Day. The United Nations General Assembly designated Oct. 20, 2010, as the first-ever World Statistics Day to highlight the role of official statistics and the many achievements of national statistical systems. Statistical organizations throughout the world will celebrate World Statistics Day at the national […]

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Tags: Census · Statistics

Down for the Count

March 30th, 2010 · 2 Comments

To gov dockers nothing could be more near and dear than the Census, the decennial population smack-down. One of the quirks of the ten-year count down are the quirks. For instance, the list of Be Counted and Questionnaire Assistance Centers to get Census information in the St. Louis area include a pancake restaurant, a liqueur […]

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Tags: Census · Government documents · Online · Statistics

Spaceship Troopers

October 15th, 2008 · Comments Off

No I am not making this up — headline in a USA Today article, “Pentagon envisions spaceship troopers.” Of course the DOD has been ramping up for space warfare (dominance is their term of choice) for years. However, given the current financial situation perhaps the money would be better spent tilting at windmills.

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Counting the Un-countable

October 10th, 2008 · Comments Off

We in docs-land are often ask how many homeless are there? The Census Bureau does not directly count these folks; they use  a category of “group quarters” to nail down a number. There are numerous studies and estimates in Census land and they did attempt to make a count in 1990 but that proved ineffective. […]

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Windows to the World

October 6th, 2008 · Comments Off

This Press release on housing from the Bureau of the Census seems quite timely.  It is reassuring (!?) that… “Slightly less than 3 million homes had broken windows; slightly more than 3 million had bars on the windows.” The full report– 2007 American Housing Survey (AHS) is online.

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From the Simplistic Department

September 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off

Hey, it is not so bad. The 700 billion dollar bailout comes to only about $6119.73 per U.S. Household;  chump change my friends. Don’t like my calculations, try the Census Bureau web site, get some numbers and make up your own scenerio — its fun and it is free!

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Candidate Fodder

August 6th, 2008 · Comments Off

Watch the campaign’s reaction when this Census Bureau press release is released: Income, Poverty and Health Insurance The U.S. Census Bureau will release the 2007 report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage for the nation at a news conference on Aug. 26, 2008, at 10 a.m. (EDT). The data are derived from the Annual […]

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Your Loss Is My Gain (or loss???)

July 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off

If you want a sense of Missouri demographics, you need to bookmark the MCDC site. The fine folks at the Missouri Census Data Center put out great data on a wide array of demographic topics — the latest considers the loss or gain of population for St. Louis City.

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Count Me In

July 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Count me in St. Louis… Thanks to the work of J. Swoboda and a number of tireless graduate students EVERYONE will soon be able to access the St. Louis Census data at the tract geographic level. Published by the Bureau of the Census from 1930 until 1980 and previously only accessible using the old-fashioned analog […]

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Countless 2010

June 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off

The Census Bureau is ramping up for the 2010 Decennial Census and unfortunately it looks to be a miscount. The New York Times reports that not only is the count underfunded, but the Commerce department’s leadership is mismanaging the process. A Census “sweepstakes” is the most pathetic proposal (as detailed in the NYT). And a close read of the history […]

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