If you’ve ever attempted to conduct analyses of your constituency across a geographic area, then you’ve no doubt gained an appreciation for metro city coding. These numeric identifiers group clusters of city names together into a single designation suitable for counting, sorting or reporting.
Imagine life without city codes. Let’s say we wanted to count constituents in Houston. Our work wouldn’t be complete unless we also counted constituents from every single named town in and around Houston, like Kingwood, Spring, The Woodlands, Humble, Sugar Land, Bellaire, Pasadena, Webster, Katy, Pearland, etc.
Talk about craziness! I can sense we’re in agreement.
Anyway, just the other day in my quest to translate a few city code to city names (off-the-cuff) I stumbled upon this great online resource!
This easy-to-use query tool allows you to drill into a city code to see which townships compose the metro area and it features a simple search bar.
tbed is the newest addition to my bookmark folder! Click on the logo above to give it a try!
More of us are tracking constituent and donor densities by state and city in an attempt to better understand concentrations of opportunity, and that’s smart business.
But there’s another side to the coin too, what about pockets of human behavior outside of our data bases? Shouldn’t we maintain some awareness of that too?
Yes, we should! That’s why The Chronicle of Philanthropy publishes “How America Gives.” And now it’s online too! At a glance it’s easy to see pockets of population densities where Americans have higher (or lower) than average charitable giving patterns.
Drilling into the populations to learn more is simple and the color coding makes it easy to quickly view the cities or counties with the highest giving densities (hovering does the trick).
Click on the image to add this valuable tool to your bookmark inventory!
The Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled average wages by occupation type for 820 different jobs in America. The chart below highlights the top 20:
Nice work! Be sure to click on the image above to get to the original source listing all 820 occupations.
Are you familiar with the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s easy-to-search compilation of $1 million donors? If not, then this is your lucky day!
Click on the logo above and head over to their website to discover a fabulous reference source!
If you work in a nonprofit organization, national economic indicators are part of the big picture. These indicators paint a picture of economic disparities and highlight the areas of greatest need for families struggling to maintain their stability and independence. These indicators influence current and future demand for education, healthcare, housing, transportation and social services. Thankfully, the Urban Institute compiles an incredible amount of insightful and useful data, dashboard style. Their dashboard includes data compiled for 366 of the country’s most densely populated cities. Give it a try!
Drill-down information for Houston–
This dashboard is amazing!
298 resources all in one place! You can select by tool categories like charting, mapping or web-based.
Thanks to the creative folks at Visualising data!