Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Goldilocks Temperature: Finding the Right Place For You

Using  30-year temperature averages maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to find out which places in the country had the most days where the average temperature within a range that wasn't too hot, or too cold, but juuuuuust right - hence the Goldilocks reference - the Washington has created an interactive map that allows you to find your ideal location based on temperatures.

The site lets you select the high and low temperatures of the range you most think is comfortable, and then provides a map which shows you, by county, which areas are most in line with what you find to be perfect! As you slide the upper or lower temperature guide, notice how the map changes. If you hover over a county, it will give you the number of days the temperature is in that range ! Below is a screen shot for Herkimer County I did for temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees. Click to enlarge the graphic.


Go to the website and try your own range and see where you might be more comfortable !

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What Percent Are You?

From the New York Times comes an interactive map that allows you to see what "percent" you are when it comes to household income. Simply put in your household income and then zoom to the region to see how you compare. Below is a screen shot for a household with an income of $50,000. Click the graphic to enlarge it.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

2014 Single Year ACS Data Released for Oneida County

Each year, the Census Bureau releases three versions of the American Communities Survey (ACS). These are the 1-Year and the 5-Year ACS Estimates. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 3 YEAR ACS HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. These are released based on the population size of the municipality.

Five year estimates are released for EVERY level of census geography (down to the block group level) as well as every municipality (think town, city, and village). FIVE YEAR ESTIMATES WILL BE RELEASED IN DECEMBER OF 2015.

One year estimates are released for municipalities with a MINIMUM population of 65,000. This means they are mostly for counties and larger cities. For our region, ONLY ONEIDA COUNTY HAS SINGLE YEAR ESTIMATES AVAILABLE.

The most recent 1-Year Estimates are now a permanent part of this blog in the linked area just below the title above. A permanent link will take you to the most recent 1 year estimates post so you can always easily find this important data for both Oneida Counties !

Below are the individual links to the Demographic, Social, Economic and Housing Profiles for the 1 Year ACS Estimates for Oneida County.

2014 Oneida County ACS 1 Year Demographic Profile

2014 Oneida County ACS 1 Year Social Profile

2014 Oneida County ACS 1 Year Economic Profile

2014 Oneida County ACS 1 Year Housing Profile

2014 Single Year Estimates Released for Oneida County

The 2014 single year American Communities Survey data has been released, meaning that new information is available for Oneida County. Remember, single year estimates are for geographies with populations of 65,000 or more. For our region that only covers Oneida County. I will post the links to the data profiles for Oneida County shortly, but until I do, here is a sort of comparative summary of things that are noteworthy and statistically significant when comparing the 2014 data to the data collected in 2010.

Significant Changes in Oneida County Social Characteristics

  • ·         Family composition is changing.
    • ·         Fewer married couple families (from 49.5% in 2010 to 44.0% in 2014)
    • ·         Increase in single male (4.1% in 2010 to 5.7% in 2014) and single female (10.2% in 2010 to 13.3% in 2014)) headed families
  • ·         While the number of males age 15 and older has remained constant, there has been a significant decline in the number of females age 15 and older (roughly 97,700 in 2010 to 96,600 in 2014)
  • ·         The percent of the population age 25 or older with a high school education or higher has increased significantly, from about 86% in 2010 to 89% in 2014.
  • ·         More than half (57%) of the foreign born population has been naturalized according to 2014 data; this is significantly more than were naturalized as of 2010 (44%).
  • ·         More households report having a computer in 2014 (84%) than in 2013, the most recent comparative  year that this data was collected (79%)

Significant Changes in Oneida County Economic Characteristics

  • ·         Fewer workers age 16 and older are driving alone to work (84% in 2010 versus 81% in 2014); there has been a significant increase at the same time in the number of people working from home (2.3% in 2010 versus 4.4% in 2014)
  • ·         While the per capita income and median household income have not changed significantly, median family income has seen a significant decline – dropping from $66,111 in 2010 to $61,147 in 2014.
  • ·         Statistically the poverty rate for residents appears unchanged.

Significant Changes in Oneida County Housing Characteristics

  • ·         There are fewer owner occupied housing units in 2014 than in 2010 – 69% of housing was owner occupied in 2010 versus 65% in 2014. At the same time there has been an increase in renter occupied units.
  • ·         Median owner occupied housing unit value has increased significantly, from about $106,000 estimated value in 2010 to $116,000 in 2014.
  • ·         Median rent has remained the same statistically from 2010 to 2014.

Significant Changes in Oneida County Demographic Characteristics

  • ·         The number of people age 65 and over continues to increase significantly; in 2010 roughly 38,200 people were age 65 or older. In 2014, almost 40,700 residents were this old.
  • ·         In 2014, more people identified themselves as being of a single race (96.9% said they were one race in 2010; 98.1% now identify as being of a single race). In particular, those identifying as African American and those identifying as Asian both saw increases in the percent of the population that said they were of one of these races only.
  • ·         The overall minority population (this includes anyone who is not “white and non-Hispanic”) in Oneida County has grown significantly, going from 15.4% in 2010 to 17% in 2014.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New Census Web Tool Helps Business Owners Make Data Driven Decisions

 The U.S. Census Bureau released Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition, a new Web tool that allows business owners and entrepreneurs to easily navigate and use key demographic and economic data to help guide their research into opening a new business or adding to an existing one.
The Census Business Builder was developed with user-centered design at its core and incorporated feedback from customers and stakeholders, including small business owners, trade associations and other government agencies.
The tool combines data from the American Community Survey, the economic census, County Business Patterns and other economic surveys to provide a complete business profile of an area. Business statistics include the number of establishments, employment, payroll and sales. American Community Survey statistics include population characteristics, economic characteristics and housing characteristics.
If you want to  go directly to the web tool, click here to launch the small business edition tool. Below is a sample screen shot for mapping the total consumer expenditures when dining out that might help a small business owner decide where they wanted to locate a new restaurant. Click the map to enlarge it.

Carbon Footprints of US Zip Code Areas

Which municipalities and locations within the United States contribute the most to household greenhouse gas emissions, and what is the effect of population density and suburbanization on emissions?

Using national household surveys, Christopher M. Jones and Daniel M. Kammen developed econometric models of demand for energy, transportation, food, goods, and services that were used to derive average household carbon footprints (HCF) for U.S. zip codes, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas. They then mapped the HCF for the entire country.

Below are a couple screen shots of the maps for the nation, state and zip code 13350. Click here to track down data on your zip code.