The US in data

Want to know male/female ratio of a city before you move there? Want to know the income levels, racial composition or educational levels of any part of the US? Well, you can find out all that and more on Social Explorer, a site that maps the demographic data of the US in fascinating detail.

Demographic Map

All based on census data, you can spend hours looking at detailed information for your neighborhood – I just found out that 45-50% of the people on my block have never been married! And you can go back in time and look at how things looked in 1940 too.

Go forth and get to know your neighbors through data!

Discovered this very cool map via VSL

5 thoughts on “The US in data”

  1. confused says:

    Hey Shripriya,

    Thats very nice. the only drawback is that I love playing with such maps and waste even more of my time!

  2. P says:

    Oh this is too tempting – I have been wondering about the single statistic you mentioned. Is your block representative of the rest of Manhattan or is it anomalous in terms of this statistic? What are your personal hypotheses regarding the semi-singleness of your block?

  3. Ricky says:

    I just check my street and I’m completely average to my block.

    Married, median age, income, yada, yada, yada. 🙂

  4. Greg says:

    Thanks for pointing this out, Shri. What an awesome (and scary) site!

  5. Shripriya says:

    @ Confused – It’s so cool, though. Great way to waste time!

    @ P – It is representative of large tracts of Manhattan. Look at a map of Manhattan – it is fascinating: the highest population of married folks is the upper east side and in particular, along the park! Seems obvious, but kinda’ cool to see it represented so clearly.

    @ Ricky – Dig deeper… I am sure there is some stat that would make your block unusual!

    @ Greg – Hey! You’re very welcome. And can you please update your blog? 🙂

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