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Living on the edge

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Your tax dollars are at work in this collection of awesome data visualizations from the U.S. Census Bureau.

I chose this one because it illustrates the growing trend of Americans moving more and more to the edges of the country. According to research from NOAA:

… 39 percent of the U.S. population is concentrated in counties directly on the shoreline–less than 10 percent of the total U.S. land area excluding Alaska, and that 52 percent of the total population lives in counties that drain to coastal watersheds, less than 20 percent of U.S. land area, excluding Alaska. A coastal watershed is an area in which water, sediments, and dissolved material drain to a common coastal outlet, like a bay or the ocean)

This continued migration means more opportunity – and competition – for landscape contractors in already established markets like California, Florida and the Northeast. It also means more strain on already stressed water systems.

Click through to get more context on shifts in population density, geography and all sorts of other cool information.






April 3rd, 2013 at 7:13 pm

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What we make

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From the great Planet Money bog at NPR comes this chart breaking down what Americans make annually:

Some takeaways: Almost one household out of every four (24.9 percent) makes less than $25,000 a year. About one in three households (30.1 percent) made between $50,000 and $100,000. One in five households (19.9 percent) made more than $100,000 a year.

The income part of the data excludes dividends, capital gains and income from real estate, like rent payments. The benefits part includes food stamps or subsidized housing. Many of these government subsidies are targeted at poorer households.

Click through to get a state-by-state breakdown.


August 1st, 2012 at 1:42 pm

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It’s getting crowded in here

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The 2010 U.S. Census data were released yesterday, and it was the first to officially peg the nation’s population at more than 300 million. That’s a lot of people, and most of them are migrating (not surprisingly) to the Southeast and the West.

This is good news for companies in states like Nevada and Arizona, as they’ll continue to see an influx of potential new customers.

In an interview with NPR, Census Director Robert Groves says that these transplants — leaving the Midwest and Northeast to find warmer weather and easier winters — bring with them their own cultural practices. This means an affection for lawns, trees and plants.

It also bodes well for the GOP, which tends to mean good things for the business community. But it remains to be seen if the shifting population adopts the traditionally more conservative politics of the South and West.

This census was the first to count everyone in the country, not just citizens and legal immigrants. Groves said 40 percent of the nation’s growth could be attributed to immigration.

For an interactive display of the latest data and see how things are changing in your neck of the woods, click here.

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December 22nd, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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