Some of you may know that I love infographics.
The web has enabled the growth of interactive infographics in a way that just isn’t possible with other mediums. There have been several recent releases of visualized information from the 2010 Census results that are quite interesting. One of the ones to take a look at is the American Human Development Project of the Social Science Research Council’s Measure of America.
They have an interesting mapping capability that showcases the status of different geographic units around the country. Here’s a screen shot of the status of the State of Wisconsin and the link to the source data:
Meanwhile The New York Times has released access to localized census data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey that allows you to select your zip code to get a demographic profile of census tracts in that area. I took the following screen shot of the Madison area with the 1701 Census tract, representing the near east side of Madison. Type in your zip code to find the profile of your census tract.
From a political perspective, it would be interesting to map the change in the Human Development Index as Scott Walker and the GOP proceed to destroy some of what gives this state its relatively high standing among the 50 states. I hope to be able to take a snap shot and report on this next year at the same time to see how the state fares once he and his minions continue their destruction of the state’s more progressive wellness and lifestyle attributes in a desire to pay back their corporate paymasters and Tea Party constituents.
It would also be interesting to overlay the census data with voting patterns – % voted, % by party, % by candidate with demographic matching to see who put Walker and the GOP into office and how the Democratic Party and progressives can take action to take their state back from the coming downfall as he drives the state over a self-created precipice.