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The Census Bureau updated and released its free and popular America’s Economy app this week. The app now includes even more information on the status of the economy.

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Image description: The size and overall distribution of the U.S. population has changed over time, as some states – especially those in the South and West – have grown faster than others. This series of cartograms shows the distribution of the population in 1890, 1950, and 2010. A cartogram is a map that represents the size of geographic units by a statistic such as population count instead of by actual land area. In each cartogram shown here, one square represents 50,000 people.
From the U.S. Census Bureau’s Data Visualization Gallery.

Image description: The size and overall distribution of the U.S. population has changed over time, as some states – especially those in the South and West – have grown faster than others. This series of cartograms shows the distribution of the population in 1890, 1950, and 2010. A cartogram is a map that represents the size of geographic units by a statistic such as population count instead of by actual land area. In each cartogram shown here, one square represents 50,000 people.

From the U.S. Census Bureau’s Data Visualization Gallery.

How much do you know about the population of U.S. cities and states? Test your knowledge with this fun bracket challenge from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Where can I locate the stats relative to number of welfare recipients per US Cities between 2002 - 2012? Where can I locate the data that compares the number of unemployment recipients per US City between 2002 - 2012?

Asked by an anonymous Tumblr user.

There are a number of places where you can find government data and statistics:

  • USA.gov - Our page points you to commonly requested data sets and statistics.
  • Data.gov - This comprehensive data site compiles data sets, charts, maps, and more. You can download raw data or play with interactive data sets.
  • American FactFinder - This tool combines a variety of population, housing, economic, and geographic information that you can search many different ways.

In reference to the specific question, you can find the number of people who receive welfare, called cash public assistance, using the American FactFinder. From there you can narrow it to specific urban areas or by other geographies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports unemployment statistics, including for large metropolitan areas.

If you’re having a hard time locating the correct statistics, you can always ask a government information librarian for help. Government information librarians are experts at finding information from government agencies of all levels (local, state, regional, national international) on almost any subject.

Image description: This live map shows surface wind data. The brighter the lines, the faster the wind speed.
HINT.FM made the map using data from the National Digital Forecast Database.
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Image description: This live map shows surface wind data. The brighter the lines, the faster the wind speed.

HINT.FM made the map using data from the National Digital Forecast Database.

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