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 […]
Entries Tagged as 'Census'
September 5th, 2013 · Comments Off on Beyond Kansas
July 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Census Mashups
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.
January 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Census Got Sizzle
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.
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 […]
December 14th, 2010 · Comments Off on Less Is NOT More
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 […]
October 18th, 2010 · Comments Off on New World (Statistical) Order
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 […]
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 […]
October 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on Spaceship Troopers
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.
October 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Counting the Un-countable
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. […]
October 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on Windows to the World
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.
September 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on From the Simplistic Department
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!
August 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on Candidate Fodder
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 […]
July 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Your Loss Is My Gain (or loss???)
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.
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 […]
June 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Countless 2010
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 […]