Customer Spotlight: YOU!
With the release of our data loader earlier this year, you’ve been busy loading your own address level files to view on top of the data available in PolicyMap. While most of you choose to keep this data private or share it confidentially within your organization, some of you have chosen to load data and post it for the public to access. You’ll find these customer-shared datasets in the Add Sites menu to the left of the map.
The spreadsheet data loader is a very exciting and unique tool, created to give users the ability to easily upload and visualize a list of addresses on a map. We have created helpful tips on how to setup a file and a complete walk-through on how to use the data loader.
Become a subscriber or sign up for a free trial today and start uploading your data.
Election Data for 2012
Visit PolicyMap to check out the latest presidential, senatorial, and congressional election data, as well as voter turnout statistics for 2012. You’ll find election data presented in a few interesting ways on PolicyMap. You’ll find Margin of Victory maps – using the traditional red and blue election colors – percentage of votes by party and voter turnout statistics. Create and share maps of this data or embed them in your own website or blog. It’s free!
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Tagged 2012 Election, BLS, Boxwood Means, CDC, CRA, Data Loader, Election Data, Food Access Research Atlas, Historically Underutilized Business Zones, home sale data, Homelessness, SBA HUBZones, Small Business Lending, Spreadsheet Data Loader, Subscription Features, Unemployment Data, USDA
Have you ever wished that PolicyMap had data for other countries outside of the United States? We at PolicyMap also think this would be very neat! While our scope here at PolicyMap is currently limited to the United States, we have decided to dedicate a few blog posts to letting our users know about resources for gathering demographic data in other countries.
One place to start is actually within our own Census Bureau. According to the website of the U.S Census Bureau’s International Programs division, the Bureau actually does a fair amount of work abroad, including Capacity Building through Technical Assistance to more than 100 countries, Demographic and Socioeconomic Analysis, Global Population Mapping and Spatial Analysis, and maintaining an International Collection of the U.S. Census Bureau’s library.
Given the coming June 1st start of the hurricane season in the Northern Hemisphere, it seems worth also pointing out Demobase, an on-line international mapping tools meant to help with natural disaster planning. An interagency effort led by the U.S. Census Bureau, Demobase uses census data and satellite image analysis to create high-resolution gridded population maps for areas that experience a high frequency of hurricanes and other natural disasters. Demobase maps are currently available on-line for Haiti and Pakistan.
Who needs a supermarket, but doesn’t have one?
The US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service has recently released new data at its Food Access Research Atlas. It contains the results of a newly-updated study based on 2010 data on areas where people have low access to grocery stores and supermarkets. The last USDA study, conducted with 2006 data, identified these areas as “Food Deserts” (a term no longer being used officially).
The study calculates an estimate of the number of people in each Census tract who live farther than a specified distance from the nearest store. In the 2006 study, this distance was 1 mile in urban areas, and 10 miles in rural areas. This latest data has a few different distance calculations. It has 1 mile (urban) and 10 miles (rural), 0.5 miles (urban) and 10 miles (rural), and 1 mile (urban) and 20 miles (rural). A tract is considered to be “Low Access” if at least 500 people or 33 percent of the population lives the designated distance from a store.
2012 saw more home sales nationwide than any year for the past five years, according to the National Association of Realtors. For the first time in a while we are beginning to hear about a shrinking supply and looming increases in interest rates (see for example the New York Times).
PolicyMap has just updated our home sales data to include transactions from the third quarter of 2012. While national numbers come out very quickly, it takes somewhat longer to gather the detailed information at the county, ZIP code, tract, and block group geographies. The reason for the lag-time is that it can take months for counties to record the individual transactions. Our home sales data comes from Boxwood Means, Inc., a re-seller of CoreLogic’s real estate data. Login now to see how the data is trending in your community.
Remember last year’s election? I try not to. I remember one of the guys using the word “malarkey” during a debate. That was fun. And there was that guy who didn’t care who the president of Uzbekibekibekistanstan was. Oh right, and there were those binders full of women. Fun times.
But now you can relive the most important part: the results! The 2012 election data is now on PolicyMap!