Census 2010 State Stories: Week 8

The eighth and final (phew!) week of Census 2010 P.L. 94 redistricting data releases brought data nerds back to east coast states — including one of the largest, New York. Here’s my final roundup of interesting stories and data applications made by journalists for this round of the Census:

District of Columbia: With 39,000 fewer black people since 2000, the nation’s capital is on the verge of seeing blacks lose majority status there, The Washington Post wrote. Its story explained:

The demographic change is the result of almost 15 years of gentrification that has transformed large swaths of Washington, especially downtown. As housing prices soared, white professionals priced out of neighborhoods such as Dupont Circle began migrating to predominantly black areas such as Petworth and Brookland.

The Post offered a ward-by-ward graphic explaining the city’s population changes, and its interactive map was updated to include D.C. along with Maryland and Virginia.

Maine: The state, which is 94% white, lost population in its north and eastern counties, The Bangor Daily News reported. On that page, note the BDN’s use of a Census Bureau-provided interactive map — one of many cases where news orgs picked up a government-issued graphic.

Census 2010 State Stories: Week 7

This week’s release of nine states’ worth of Census data took us from corner to corner of the U.S. — from Alaska to Florida — with a bunch of upper Midwest states thrown in. Only eight states plus Washington, D.C., are left.

My USA TODAY colleague Paul Overberg and I continued pulling each state’s data for our interactive map and state profile pages, and our shop continued to write at least one story about each state. This week, reporter Dennis Cauchon’s story on North Dakota’s population boom was picked up by the Drudge Report and became our site’s top story for a day and a half. Who’d have thought?

Here’s a rundown of interesting stories and interactives:

Smart story: Rob Chaney of Montana’s The Missoulian wrote about Huson, one of 85 new “places” designated by the Census Bureau in the 2010 count. Shows what you can do if you can think non-numbers about a numbers story. Don’t miss the final quote.

Which web browsers do journalists favor?

After I started playing with Internet Explorer 9 tonight — and knowing that most developers, including Microsoft, want to wean the world from IE6 as soon as possible — I grew curious about the browsers favored by my site’s visitors. A quick dig into Google Analytics gave me the data for the last few months, and the Google Charts API let me build a quick pie:

Site visits by browser, November 2010-March 2011

I can’t know for sure, but I suspect that most people who read my site are journalists or developers. Most traffic comes from links I post on Twitter or via search keywords that tend toward journalism, data, math and, lately, the Census.

Generally, you’re not an IE-centric crowd — just 12%. That’s lower than overall metrics, which tend to place Internet Explorer at anywhere from 40% or more of the overall market.

Oh, and the percent using IE6? Less than 0.4%.

Census 2010 State Stories: Week 6

Week 6 in the Census 2010 redistricting data rollout included some of the nation’s most populous states — California, Ohio and Pennsylvania among them — and one of the deepest selections of stories and news apps yet.


Arizona: The state’s 46% increase in Hispanic residents in the last decade was a prime mover in its growth, The Arizona Republic reported. The New York Times’ story says that Arizona’s Hispanic growth was slower than expected, however, and some activists suspect an undercount.

Census 2010 State Stories: Week 5

This week’s release of Census 2010 redistricting data for Delaware, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina and Wyoming brought the number of states out so far to 26. Next week, biggies California, Arizona, Ohio and Pennsylvania are among seven states due. So, if you’re looking for national stories, you’ll soon have more than enough of a national data set to mine.

On to this week’s highlights. USA TODAY added stories on each state released in Week 5, and we updated our interactive map and data profile pages. A quick take on our stories:

Delaware: Mike Chalmers of The News Journal in Wilmington wrote that the state’s two smaller southern counties grew much faster than its more-populous northern county. Asians, he wrote, were the state’s fastest growing racial group, up 75.6%. (Also see Chalmers’ lengthier analysis at DelawareOnline.)