Where to Buy the “12 Days of Christmas”

By on 12.9.13 in Economic Data

Each year since 1984, PNC Wealth management has calculated the total cost of purchasing all of the items in the popular holiday song the “12 Days of Christmas.” This year’s bill would set you back a hefty $27,393, more than 34 times the amount the average household plans on spending this year ($801) according to the American Research Group. If you happen to have an eccentric (and lavish) holiday gift budget—or just like to pretend…

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Data Snapshot: North Carolina Veterans

Nationwide, there are nearly 21.5 million veterans. More than 736,000 veterans live in North Carolina, representing 9.8% of the state’s total population. Below is a snapshot of the most recent statistics on North Carolina veterans. Who are North Carolina's veterans? The median age of NC veterans is 61. The majority of veterans are 45 or older: 41% are ages 45-64 and 38% are 65 or older. 91% of NC veterans are male. 9% are female.…

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4 Amazing Interactive Maps

1. World Births and Deaths in Real-Time Mathematician and software developer Brad Lyon previously developed a statistical simulation of the geographic location of US births and deaths and an interactive visualization that marked these events in real-time. Recently, he took the simulation and visualization global. Worldwide, more than 4 births and nearly 2 deaths occur each second. Lyon uses country-specific data to simulate both the timing and location of global births and deaths. The interactive…

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How many Orange County workers can (and do) take the bus to work?

By on 10.28.13 in Transportation

In 2012, 80% of U.S. commuters drove alone to work. In the push to reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions, as well as improve quality of life and health outcomes—both physical and fiscal—for commuters, many are encouraging car alternatives. The city of Chicago, for example, recently launched its “Drive Less, Live More” campaign, which advocates increased public transit, biking, walking, carpooling and car-sharing, and telecommuting, with the promise of “Less traffic. More air quality. More…

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Homelessness in North Carolina

Click here to see the most recent 2014 data on homelessness in North Carolina. The article I read yesterday motivated me to look into data on homelessness in North Carolina. The interactive map below shows data from the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness (NCCEH) January 2013 Point-in-Time (PIT) count data. The PIT count is a statewide, unduplicated count of homeless people that is held on one night during the last week of January each…

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Impact of Demographic Change on Homeless Population

In an interview in Governing, Barbara Ritter, project director of Michigan's Homeless Management Information System, summarized trends in the characteristics of the homeless population in Michigan. These patterns are not unique to Michigan and reflect broader demographic and economic trends--population aging, the sluggish post-recession economy, and increases in PTSD and traumatic brain injury among returning veteran populations--occurring nationwide. Her experiences highlight patterns that may have significant impacts on service providers in the coming years: There are…

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Are 93% of men in Polkton, NC, really unemployed?

By on 10.21.13 in Economic Data

I stumbled across the following table while searching for some North Carolina information: Table 1. “Employed Male Civilian Population Percentage City Rank” (low to high), 2006-2010 ACS This table supposedly represents the percentage of the male civilian population that is currently employed based on the 2006-2010 American Community Survey data. As a demographer who works with social and economic data, the standard definition of the civilian population is the subset of the total population 16…

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Population Growth & Population Aging in North Carolina Counties

Between 2000 and 2010, North Carolina gained almost 1.5 million residents to reach a total population of 9.5 million in 2010. Over this time period, North Carolina was the sixth fastest growing state in the nation. Its growth rate was 18.5%, nearly double the national rate of 9.7%. While its growth rate will slow, the state as a whole is projected to gain roughly one million residents each decade through 2040 and to rise from being…

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Welcome to Carolina Demography!

Welcome to Carolina Demography, a new service of the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. Carolina Demography focuses on the population characteristics and change occurring in North Carolina, its regions, counties, and communities. While demography is not destiny, understanding changes in population can help us understand broader shifts in everything from the economy to culture to political behavior. Carolina Demography exists to transform the myriad of data products and analytic tools into specific, usable information and…

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