2012: The year in graphs
- as picked by the Washington Post Wonkblog's favorite economists, political scientist, politicians and other wonkys.
According to the U.S. census bureau, from July 2010 to July 2011
, more than half of all babies born
were members of minority groups, a first for the United States. [more inside]
Just in time for International Womens Day
, it's Narrow the Gap
, a look at the unbalanced payrolls of American workers based on US Department of Labor statistics from a variety of industries.
Knocked Up & Knocked Down
Why America's Widening Fertility Class Divide is a Problem [more inside]
U.S. Poverty Rate, 1 in 6, at Highest Level in Years (NYT) -
An additional 2.6 million people slipped below
the poverty line in 2010, census officials said, making 46.2 million people in poverty in the United States
, the highest number in the 52 years the Census Bureau has been tracking it, said Trudi Renwick, chief of the Poverty Statistic Branch
. That represented
15.1 percent of the country. The poverty line in 2010 was at $22,113 for a family of four
Last week during the Senate budget negotiations, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)
, gave a speech that included the following statement: "If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.
" That statement is drastically different from the statistics reported by Planned Parenthood
, which list 90 percent of its services as preventive in nature, compared with 3 percent that are abortion-related. When asked about this apparent discrepancy, Jon Kyl's office replied that "his remark was not intended to be a factual statement
." And that is when things got noisy. [more inside]
The United States of Shame.
Surprisingly, Florida is not the oldest state. Unsurprisingly, Utah uses the most internet porn.
The New York Times presents an interactive map of America's population
separated by race, income, and education, according to census data from 2005 to 2009. One dot for every 50 people. (Previously
) [more inside]
The Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Indiana University, has investigated in 2009 sexual practices in the USA. The results are reported in this month's Special Issue
of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. (The full text
is available behind a short anonymous online survey.) [more inside]
- a network of online data libraries on topics including census data, economic data, health data, income and unemployment data, population data, labor data, cancer data, crime and transportation data, family dynamics, vital statistics data
the areas in the United States with highest marijuana use? Where are the areas with the lowest? A different kind of red versus blue. But wait, there's more
, especially if you would prefer to be binge drinking to wash away those lonesome blues. And a list
of information broken down by drug, if your fix is more obscure.
Bush's latest accomplishment
may not be one that he's willing to brag about. The Census Bureau
is reporting that an additional 1.3 million Americans are now living in poverty. They also offer a number of pretty graphs
(all in pdf
Not just selfcentered, but warmongers too.
SUV owners are more likely the the general populous to support the war in Iraq (60%). When small SUVs are eliminated, the figure jumps to (80%). Probably not a causal relationship, but interesting none the less.
is (almost) worthy of Tufte (presentation wise), but best of all you can download the whole book in PDF format. As a non-American I ask, does this help us understand the USA or is it all just statistics? (more inside).
US Census not to be adjusted for undercounts.
(NY Times, req'd registration)
Many political strategists, Democrats and Republicans alike, say that reliance on unadjusted population figures favors Republicans in the drawing of Congressional districts, since, they say, adjustment through statistical sampling would add to customarily Democratic neighborhoods most of those who have been uncounted.
They visited my home/office four times and never once brought the Long Form. Damnation.
Statistical Dead Heat May Result in Ping Pong Match Tie-Breaker
So says Ken Layne in his tale of obscure lore and presidential politics.