- A prominent dashboard showing off the Census Bureau’s economic indicators
- A top dropdown menu for quick navigation to key topics
- A new interactive map showing a mash up of economic and demographic statistics
- A “Stat of the Day” highlighting Census Bureau statistics across all the data we collect
- A mega footer with links categorized under familiar topics and highly trafficked pages
- A feature for users to provide feedback
The latest issue of the Connecticut GeoFocus newsletter is now available and includes the following topics:
On Friday, Dec. 23, from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m, Lynda Laughlin, family demographer, US. Census Bureau’s Fertility and Family Statistics Branch, will appear live on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” to discuss child care arrangements in the 21st century. Her presentation will include a rich mix of statistical visualizations and discussion, including a public call-in segment. This part of a weekly Friday series called “America By the Numbers” that features the federal statistical agencies.
You are invited to tune in and watch the program. C-SPAN is available live through the Internet at http://www.c-span.org/Series/Washington-Journal/.
For more information and to view the presentation graphs, please visit the following link, which will be live Friday morning (Dec 23, 2011): http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/childcare.html
Yesterday, The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit policy organization, released a report that classifies the economic recovery of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country through the third quarter of 2011. The report classified each metro area into 5 categories based on four indicators: employment change, unemployment rate change, gross metropolitan product change, and housing price index change. The full list of metro areas with their classification is available here, but Brookings has also created a very cool interactive map, which is symbolized by economic recovery. Additionally, clicking on one of the map’s metro areas reveals an economic recovery report for the respective metro area.
According to the report, the strongest 20 metros are:
- Albuquerque, NM
- Bakersfield, CA
- Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI
- Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
- Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA
- North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL
- Ogden-Clearfield, UT
- Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
- Provo-Orem, UT
- Rochester, NY
- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Toledo, OH
- Worcester, MA
- Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA
Many of us will be traveling this holiday season to visit family and friends and this might involve some long car, train or plane trips. To pass the time I propose bringing some geography with you as you travel! How is this possible? With podcasts of course! Here are some blog and podcasts sites that you can download as mp3’s for your trip.
Geography or (geo related) Podcasts:
- Stanford University Geography of World Cultures
- University of California Berkeley Geography Podcasts
- Astronomy Cast
Search for more at the link below:
More Free Podcasts at Online Education Database
A new map from Mother Jones (pictured above) depicts 825 known crime exonerations in the United States since 1989. Clicking a state on the map allows you to find out specific information including the number of exonerations during this time period in the respective state as well as whether or not the exonerations were based on DNA evidence. For example, in Connecticut, the map indicates there have been 7 verified exonerations since 1989, 4 of which came via DNA evidence and 3 of them via non-DNA evidence. In addition, the map label indicates that Connecticut has a Compensation Law. The map also indicates the states where posthumous exonerations have occurred. Visit the Mother Jones article for more.
|The planned National High Speed Rail Network in the People’s Republic of China.|
Jie Lin, who is a colleague of mine both at the CtSDC and the Department of Geography Ph.D. program, recently examined the impacts of the planned High Speed Rail Network in the People’s Republic of China. Specifically, Jie’s focus has been on the increase in accessibility that would be a result of implementing the planned high speed network. Before we dive into Jie’s results, however, a little background.
The total area of China is comparable to the size of the United States and the majority of that land is continuous. China has varying local physical geography that can isolate places- like the mountainous region of Tibet. Consequently, the successful implementation of a transportation network with higher travel speeds and greater accessibility has consequences in the realms of culture, the economy, and the overall social fabric of the country. Greater accessibility means the spatiotemporal size of the country decreases (ie. it takes a shorter amount of time to go from A to B, thus making A and B “closer”).
But, how does one calculate accessibility? Accessibility is defined by the ease of getting from place to place in a network. It is commonly calculated using a connectivity matrix like this:
- Speed of Normal Rail: 130 km/h
- Speed of High Speed Rail: 280 km/h
Visualize your typography for your cartographic representation before you begin and save yourself time!
TypeBrewer.org presents an interactive mapping interface that allows a user to play with font types, character spacing, and density of labels before even beginning their map in their chosen software. After selecting the style that suits the author of the map, you can download a template for graphic design software or create a style specification sheet to use as a reference in a GIS platform.
$27.2 Billion – Value of retail sales in the nation’s department stores in December 2010
$34 Billion – Value of retail sales via electronic shopping and mail-order houses in December 2010
$983 Million – Value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and September 2011
$2.5 Billion – The value of U.S. toy imports including stuffed toys, puzzles, and electric trains from China between January and September 2011.
50% – Proportion of nations potatoes produced in Idaho and Washington in 2010
$1.5 Billion – Value of product shipments of candles in 2009 by the nation’s manufacturers
The U.S. Census reports that families with children in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) increased from 3.8% in 2006 to 4.8% in 2009. TANF, a federal welfare program, was examined in a report entitled Comparing Program Participation of TANF and non-TANF Families Before and During a Time of Recession. The report’s authors also imply that the impact of the Great Recession has not been limited to TANF and poor families. Click here to visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s press released about this report.