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At theCity-Data Blog, our writers utilize data to answer questions you never knew you had. From silly, light-hearted investigations to powerful economic examinations, we cover a range of topics that anyone can enjoy! Our writers, many of them Ph.D. graduates or candidates, create easy-to-read articles on a wide variety of topics.

American hunting and wildlifeNovember 19, 2021Pavel Prikhodko1 Comment

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Many years ago, hunting was a necessity for survival. In current times, hunting has developed into a form of sport and recreation in Western countries. In the U.S., hunting is generally regulated on a state-by-state basis, but hunters nationwide are required to hold a hunting license regardless of state. In 2013, about 14 million people participated in hunting in the U.S.

In 2011,American hunters spentan average of $2,484 on hunting, a significant increase from 2006, when the average hunter spent approximately $2,050. In 2001, the average hunters expenditures in the U.S. amounted to $2,001.

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The National Football League is an American treasureNovember 12, 2021Pavel PrikhodkoLeave a comment

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Since its formation in 1920, the National Football League (NFL) has gained massive popularity in the United States. TheTV viewershipof the Super Bowl, the annual game that determines the champion of the NFL, amounted to 114 million people in 2015. In 2014, Super Bowl XLVIII (featuring the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos) was broadcast to 111 million people.

By the way, theaverage costfor a 30-second-advertisement was $4 million that year. Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 held the second-highest average cost for a 30-second advertisement at $4.5 million. The game between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in February of 2016 (Super Bowl 50) holds the current record at a whopping cost of $5 million for a 30-second advertisement.

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The numbers on people suffering from asthmaOctober 22, 2021Pavel PrikhodkoLeave a comment

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

According to the statistics, over 230 million people worldwide suffer from asthma. The prevalence of asthma in the United States has steadily increased to its current level of 8.6 percent. In comparison, this rate was only 7.6 percent in 2001. The percentage of people diagnosed with asthma began to grow in 2013 (7.4 percent). In 2014 and 2015, the rates of people suffering from asthma amounted to 7.9 percent and 8 percent accordingly.

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Dynamics of home-based working in the U.S.ImageOctober 15, 2021Pavel PrikhodkoLeave a comment

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Working from home is becoming more and more popular in the U.S. The number of people who prefer to use their own dwelling as a workplace increased slightly in recent years. People who work 9 to 5 may start asking questions like, Who actually are home-based workers? and, Why dont they fancy a typical job in the office? There are main types of such workers: home workers, who work exclusively from home, home-based workers, who work from home part or all the time, and mixed workers, who work both from home and from the office.

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Are people living outside the metro areas cushioned against falling home prices?October 8, 2021Andrey KamenovLeave a comment

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

The U.S. Census Bureau provides us with a lot of interesting data about new homes in theirSurvey of Construction. Today we look at the sale prices of homes in regard to their location (i.e. whether or not they are located in a Metropolitan Statistical Area).

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Owners prefer to build small homes outside of metro areasOctober 1, 2021Andrey KamenovLeave a comment

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

As anyone who has looked to buy a new house likely knows, there are basically four types of houses. Some are built for sale or for rent, and some are built by owners, either with help from a contractor or by themselves. The U.S. Census BureausSurvey of Constructionprovides us with this data on each surveyed home.

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Occupational standing of different demographicsSeptember 24, 2021Alexander Fishkov1 Comment

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

The Num-Powers-Boyd score measures occupational status based on median education levels and median incomes of individuals. An intuitive interpretation of the score of an occupation is the percentage of the population having an occupation with education and income levels below that occupation. This score weights education and income contribution equally. Although the use of such indices is still a topic of discussion among professional sociologists, this simple and clear interpretation can be understood by everyone.

In a previous post, we used this measure to examine occupation rankings through time. Today we will look at the scores of different demographic groups. This time we also used data provided by the Minnesota Population Center andIPUMS.

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Occupational standing through timeSeptember 17, 2021Alexander FishkovLeave a comment

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

Ones occupation is often associated with a certain level or group in society. This general standing or prestige of an occupation is often studied by sociologists. There is a significant debate about whether it can be broken down to individual characteristics like expected salary and education level or training to perform the job or if it requires an analysis of much more complex characteristics.

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Crowdfunding is a fast-increasing marketSeptember 10, 2021Pavel Prikhodko1 Comment

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The number of international crowdfunding platforms is increasing every year. Crowdfunding is defined as a collective effort by a large number of individuals who network and pool small amounts of capital to finance a new or pre-existing business venture. Each project has a set amount of money to raise and a fixed timeframe; each day is counted down and the money raised is tallied up for visitors to follow the projects success. Some sources suggest that the current financial climate has given a trigger to the culture of crowdfunding.

The United States houses the leading crowdfunding market with 191 crowdfunding platforms in the country, according to information published min 2012. In comparison, the second-largest market in the world, the United Kingdom, had 44 crowdfunding platforms in the same year.

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Taxes in different statesSeptember 3, 2021Alexander Fishkov4 Comments

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

In aprevious post, we explored effective income tax rates. However, federal tax is not the only income-related burden on American citizens. Many states impose their own income tax upon their residents. Usually, they use the same bracket-based progressive taxation principle.

TheTax Foundationprepared a combined overview of state income tax brackets, and we organized it here into an interactive map. You can enter total income and specify filing status and number of dependents. You can also choose to map the dollar tax amount or effective tax rate (tax amount as a percentage of income). Please note that these numbers are only approximations of the actual tax since there are many specific details in tax calculation for some of the states that we left behind (e.g. age-based calculations, veteran status, disability and health status, among others). For this map, we only considered wage income.

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Ph.D. Probability and StatisticsAlexander FishkovPh.D. Student Computer ScienceAndrew B. Collier

M.Sc. Economics and Business Environment

The National Football League is an American treasure

The numbers on people suffering from asthma

Dynamics of home-based working in the U.S.

Are people living outside the metro areas cushioned against falling home prices?

Owners prefer to build small homes outside of metro areas

Occupational standing of different demographics

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