data Visualizations

Creating interactive data visualizations is one of our specialties. You can find our data vizzes listed below; these are linked to the projects and blog posts associated with the visualization. You can also view many of our vizzes on our public Tableau page.


Representing US

Our nonpartisan Representing US project has been exploring the differences across all 435 U.S. House districts—from education and poverty levels, to racial and immigrant make-up, to congressional and presidential voting history, and more.

With this, our third release of Representing US, we’re highlighting the November 6, 2018, election outcomes. All vote percentages have been certified by states.

The unequal counties of America

County-level maps do an almost criminally poor job of revealing the status of most Americans. That’s because America is patchwork of 3,142 counties (or equivalents), but Americans are not equally fond of living in all of them. Far from it.

In fact, 1 in 10 Americans lives in one of just seven counties.


Prescribed Opioids: Trends & Hotspots

The opioid crisis now lowers life expectancy more than firearms or motor vehicle accidents. In 2017, opioid-related deaths reached 47,600 — six times as many as in 1999. Public health officials have sounded the alarm and politicians across the spectrum have identified opioid abuse as a national crisis.

How the housing market has changed over the past decade

Millions of Americans lost their homes during the Great Recession. Now, more than 10 years later, we are examining key changes in the housing market: renting rates, affordability challenges, and home ownership opportunities for the nation’s largest cities, coast to coast.


What’s driving your state’s growth? Babies or suitcases?

The reallocation of electoral points and congressional seats set to occur after the 2020 Census has heightened the interest in state population tallies in the final years of this decade. That, along with a tight labor market, has ratcheted up competition for luring workers across state lines and from abroad.

Women are running in more than half of all U.S. House races this November

Major party women candidates will appear on nearly 50% of the ballots for all U.S. House contests, which could lead to a sea change in gender balance in Congress.


College: Who's going, finishing, and finding work afterwards

While those who’ve earned bachelor’s degrees reliably fare better than those with less education, the employment prospects of recent college grads vary from state to state. In 8 states, recent college grads faced a more challenging labor market than the national average, with the highest unemployment rates in West Virginia (9.3%) and New Jersey (6.8%).

Against a backdrop of declining babies, Utah leads the nation in birth rates in 2017

In demography, natural change refers to a simple population equation: births minus deaths. Natural increase is when the number of new babies outnumbers residents who have died; natural decrease is the opposite.

Of the 42 states who saw population growth in 2017, more than half of them (23) have natural increase — not migration — to thank for the majority of their growth.


Destination U.S.: Five facts about states’ international migrants in 2017

Each year when the Census Bureau publishes its best estimate of each state’s total number of residents, it also includes data about what’s driving those population tallies higher or lower—including births, deaths, domestic migration, and international migration. International migration is the most variable part of this equation as federal immigration policies, changing global economic conditions and other factors can dramatically change the flows of people into (and out of) the United States.

Delayed adulthood: The Millennial falsehood

A recent U.S. Census Bureau report on the changing profile of young adulthood compares young adults (age 18-34) from 2016 to those from 1975. According to the report, Millennials are more likely to be employed (largely because of the rapid growth women in the workforce), more likely to obtain higher levels of education and more ethnically and racially diverse than preceding generations.


Who has a permit to carry a gun in public? And what are they thinking?

Relatively little is known about the demographic characteristics of those who legally carry handguns in public. Even less is known about how their opinions compare to people who don’t have such permits. A recent report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, along with data from our recent Ground Level Survey with Minnesota Public Radio News shed some light on both.

Migration magnetism: Five facts about 2017 state-to-state population movement

The flows of people across state boundaries — domestic migration — can be a topic of interest for everyone from economists and businesses to housing developers and policy makers to those for whom it’s just a point of state pride.


In the U.S., language diversity covers the map

Did you know that 17,000 Tennesseans speak Arabic? And 177,000 residents of Illinois converse in Polish? However, the likelihood that your ears will encounter non-English words is highest in California, where 45 percent of residents speak a language other than English. That’s nine times the linguistic diversity that you’ll find in Kentucky or Alabama, where only five percent of residents speak another language than English.


Labor force participation rate by age group, Minnesota, 2016

A strong job market and industrious behavior places Minnesota atop national rankings for labor force participation for every age group from those age 20 to 24 through the 55- to 59-year-olds. Minnesotans can’t even complain about lackadaisical teenagers; that group ties for the nation’s third-highest participation rate.

States by Official and Supplemental Poverty Rates, 2014-2016

This September the U.S. Census Bureau announced that 12.7 percent of Americans, or 40.6 million of us, officially live in poverty. In the very same announcement the Bureau reported that 14.0 percent of Americans, or 44.8 million of us live in poverty. Huh?