Thursday, August 28, 2014

Regional Non-Profits and Tax Exempt Organizations is a website that serves as an information service. In their words, the website "is not affiliated or associated with any tax exempt/nonprofit organizations. The data on this website is public record information made available by the Federal Government and was most recently updated on 1/5/2014. There are over 2 million tax exempt/nonprofit organizations with Income of over $3 trillion dollars and Assets of almost $7 trillion dollars!"

While I have no way of knowing how accurate those figures are, the website does provide some interesting information on tax exempt organization by county. Data for both Herkimer County and Oneida County tax exempt and nonprofit organizations are on the website. The data includes the total number of organizations, their income, and the value of their assets within each county. There is also a full listing of what organizations are considered tax exempt or non-profit, but to be honest the list appears a bit out of date despite the claim that it was updated in January of this year.

Regardless, it is another resource when researching the impact of local non-profits. Within the ACS of the US Census Bureau, workers are classified such that those that workers within charitable, nonprofit, or tax exempt organizations can be pulled out and examined as a group. Below are just a few of the types of data that you can find allowing for a comparison of employees who work for nonprofit organizations and those that work in any other type of job.

For example, roughly 12,500 people work for nonprofits in the region. This is about 9% of the workforce, or one out of every eleven jobs.

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The non-profit workforce is overwhelmingly female - far more so than the rest of the workforce. Two out of every three workers in the nonprofit sector are female. Among all other workers, less than half of the rest of their workforce is female.

Both nonprofit workers and the rest of the workforce have similar experiences with marriage. Roughly two out of three have ever been married, and around half are presently married.

In terms of a variety of social and cultural factors, more of the nonprofit workforce is black, and more of it is disabled, than compared to the rest of the workforce. They are less likely, however, to be Hispanic, or to be foreign born.

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One of the areas where nonprofit employees (as a group) clearly out perform other workers is in terms of educational attainment. Compared to for-profits employees, governmental employees and self employed workers, employees of nonprofits are considerably more likely to have a bachelors degree or higher. Nearly 40% of nonprofit workers have a bachelors or higher, whereas only about a quarter of the rest of the workforce has a similar level of education.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Relative Value of $100: A Countrywide, and Statewide, Comparative Look

The Tax Foundation recently recently released a map showing the relative value of $100 in each state of the US. Because average prices for similar goods are much higher in California or New York than in Mississippi or South Dakota, the same amount of dollars will buy you comparatively less in the high-price states, or comparatively more in low-price states. Using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis they adjusted the value of $100 to reflect how prices are different in each state.

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 As you can see, $100 nationally is only worth about $86 worth of purchasing power in New York State.

They also did a similar map for the MSAs (think urban areas) in the country. Herkimer and Oneida Counties combined compose the Utica Rome MSA. The Utica Rome MSA actually has a purchasing power of $107.53 for that same $100 mentioned above. This would suggest that the cost of living is much lower here than for the rest of NY State.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Working 9•2•5 : Differences Between Full Time Workers Based on Their Hours of Work

Regionally there are some 145,000 people in the workforce of the combined counties. Of those people, slightly more than 60,000 work full time - meaning roughly 8 hours a day or 40 hours per week. The traditional view of the average worker is that they have a "9 to 5" type job - getting to work by 9 AM and leaving around 5 PM. The rest of the full time workforce typically might begin anywhere from noon, to maybe as late as 6 PM. The former group I am referring to as "9•2•5ers"; the latter as nontraditional work hours employees.

To begin with the idea that people work typically 9 to 5 is not really true - the majority of full time workers regionally begin their work day between quarter to 7 and quarter after 8 in the morning. They then work 7 to 8 hours and head home. These "9•2•5ers" are actually quite a bit different from the full timers working nontraditional hours. The infographic below provides a look at the 9•2•5ers and their nontraditional brethren.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Interactive Graphic on Where We "New Yorkers" Come From

A little while back the New York Times posted an article on where people in each state came from - how many were native born and how many came from other places. The link above will bring you hopefully to the interactive New York State graphic which allows you to point to a time line within each category and see what percent of New York's population came, for example, from southern states at that time.

Visit this interactive graphic and note the changes we have seen over the last 100 or so years!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Multigenerational Families: A Local Look

Both the New York Times and the PEW Research Center recently have looked at multi-generational families and thier role in the local social fabric. According to PEW, a record 57 million Americans, or 18.1% of the population of the United States, lived in multi-generational family households in 2012, double the number who lived in such households in 1980.

For their report, multi-generational households included households with:
  • Two generations: parents (or in-laws) and adult children ages 25 and older (or children-in-law); either generation can “head” the household
  • Three generations: parents (or in-laws), adult children (or children-in-law), grandchildren
  • “Skipped” generations: grandparents and grandchildren, without parents
  • More than three generations
This is a more expansive definition than +used by the Census Bureau, which basically only calls a household "multigenerational" if it has three or more generations of a family living together.

Below is an infographic using the more expanded definition for our region. The data comes from the 2012 ACS Five Year Estimates based on the PUMs data for our region. The PUMS data covers about 80% of the regions population, excluding basically the southern most portions of Oneida County.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Regional Look at Recent Love and Marriage: Births and Marriages in the Past 12 Months

The infographic below is based on the 2012 Five Year Estimates of the American Communities Survey. Geographically it is based on the two primary PUMAs covering most of our two county region. It provides some insight into recent marriages and births over the past twelve months prior to the survey response.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Maps: 2012 Poverty Maps by Block Group

New maps have been added to the Maps Page ! Just click on the Maps Page link above and look under the 2012 American Communities Survey Maps to find two new maps on poverty by block group for both Herkimer and Oneida Counties.