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.

The LEAST and MOST Expensive States in Which to Own a Car

Bankrate analyzed the cost of gasoline, repairs and insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Three components were added together to get the total annual cost of owning a car - repairs costs, insurance costs, and totally annual gasoline expenditures. Labor and parts data were provided by, while gas spending was calculated with statistics from and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Insurance costs were compiled from National Association of Insurance Commissioners statistics.

Here's a state-by-state breakdown.

Monday, August 11, 2014

New York Times Article on Utica as a Refugee Haven

This article from the New York Times is very insightful into the life of refugees that have made their way to Utica and begun anew. It's well worth the read ! The article focuses on Sadia Ambure, a junior in high school.

"Sadia’s family belongs to the Mudey clan and over 100 extended family members live within blocks of one another. Family ties are everything, yet Sadia and her sisters have stitched together American and Somali Bantu identities. She keeps Steve Madden boots in her school locker to wear under skirts that were ordered from Somali Bantu catalogs. She covets Subway sandwiches — and occasionally hides one in the refrigerator — but is devoted to her mother’s goat stew. She wants to try her hand at modeling, but so far her mother, who has the final word on everything — even a trip to the movies — has said no."

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Quick Regional Look at Disabilities

One of the more difficult pieces of data to get access to over the years has been data on disabilities. To begin with, disability information is typically self-reported, as opposed to agency or service identified. Second, there just hasn't been a good source for this information down to the local level - until recently with the advent of the American Communities Survey.

Below are three graphs. The first is a simply pie chart showing how around one out of every eight citizens (13%)  regionally claim to have a disability.

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Next, the bar chart below shows the number of disabilities claimed within six classifications. Some of the almost 32,000 people regionally that indicated that they have a disability may, in fact, have claimed several different disabilities, so the total number of disabilities shown below is naturally higher than the total number of people claiming to be disabled.

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And the last bar chart is similar to the one above, but in  his case it focuses on the elderly, those age 65 or older. I offer it as an example of how the data might be looked at further. Hopefully such a look will come with input from those that find the data particularly useful!

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