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Google Maps: Percent Of Houses Lacking Complete Plumbing Facalities

This map shows the number of houses, per US County lacking complete plumbing facilities. This includes both occupied and unoccupied housing units, e.g. seasonal cabins. The US Census defines complete plumbing facilities are houses with hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, a bathtub or shower, a sink with a faucet, a stove or range, and a refrigerator. Rural counties, with a lot of cabins, are most likely to have a large number of housing units without complete plumbing facilities.

Data Source: Complete Plumbing Facilities, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.

Google Maps: Median Home Value

The Eastern Seaboard from Washington DC to Boston MA has some of the United States' highest home values, along with Southern California from San Francisco down to Los Angeles. Seattle, Colorado, and parts of Southern Florida are also expensive places to live. Surprisingly, Chicago IL is relatively inexpensive place to buy a home. Areas that are blue and green are less expensive to buy a home, yellows are about average, while oranges and reds are the most expensive places to own a home.

Data Source: Median Home Value, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.

Google Maps: Median Age Of County Population

The median age of the population varies from county to county. Typically, rural counties have the oldest median-aged population, especially in Appalachia, Upper Mid-West and the Rocky Mountains. Blue and green counties are the youngest, while yellow is median, while orange and red counties are the oldest median aged population.

Data Source: AGE AND SEX, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.

US Population by State

One in four Americans resides in California, Texas or Florida.
More then half of all Americans reside in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia and North Carolina.
Two out of three Americans reside in the 14 largest states in America.

Data: 2016 US Census Population Estimates.

Google Maps: 2016 Net Migration

This map shows the net migration in the United States during 2016. This is one component of population change -- birth and death rates are another component. It is an interesting map to look at it as it gives you an idea on where people are choosing to locate to in the United States and where people are moving away from. Generally, people are continuing to move out of the salt belt to places with more sun.

The difference between domestic in-migration to an area and domestic out-migration from the same area during a specified time period. Domestic in- and out-migration consist of moves where both the origin and the destination are within the United States (excluding Puerto Rico). The net domestic migration rate expresses net domestic migration during a specified time period as a proportion of an area's population at the midpoint of the time period. Rates are expressed per 1,000 population.

Data Source: County and Metro Area Population Estimates.

For Some Arab Americans, Checking A Census Box Is Complicated

Between 1880 and 1930, Congress and statisticians tried to create standards to mandate that census information couldn't be used for "taxation, regulation or investigation" or to "harm" a people or organizations, as explained by Margo Anderson, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in a related paper.

Circumventing those standards, the U.S. government used census data to locate and deliver more than 100,000 Japanese Americans to incarceration camps. This happened, Anderson pointed out, before the United States was an "equal opportunity, affirmative action, civil rights society" and when Japanese immigrants were considered "aliens ineligible for citizenship." She pointed out in a conversation with NPR that at the time, "nobody disputed the legal foundation for incarcerating" the so-called aliens.

In the case of Japanese Americans, the question was not "who was Japanese, but where did Japanese mainly live," said Kenneth Prewitt, a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau who is now a professor at Columbia University. "Yes, census data can be inappropriately used to target for attention particular neighborhoods where persons of MENA ancestry are concentrated," Prewitt said. But, he said, doing so would not be any more illegal than targeting "places where elderly people live, to know where to send rescue vehicles in case of flooding or power outings or where veterans live in order to place VA hospitals nearby. So the issue is not who clusters where but for what purposes is that information used."