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  • Best Neighborhoods

    This project used polling to determine what matters to people in choosing a place to live and how much they care about it, then rated those for more than 1,000 Census tracts in the Dallas area and mapped those tracts to the neighborhoods they contained.
  • Meeting L.A. Koreans in the year 1940

    The U.S. National Archives (NARA) homepage had a flood of connections last April 2nd. That was because the personal data of 132 million who participated in the 1940 Census became public. The national household Census, which is held every 10 years, first only announce statistics. Names as well as detailed personal information becomes public only after 72 years due to the laws protecting individual identities. The 1940 Census unsealed this year also contain details of groups of Koreans at the time. Our paper probed each and every page of the L.A. City Census running 400,000 pages for 3 months and found 415 Koreans who lived in L.A. at that time. Wholly compiled data of personal information ranging 34 types including individual names and occupations were put into a database. Among all press organizations, this was the first time that only Koreans were extracted from the Census for analysis.
  • Dividing Lines

    In Dividing Lines, The New York World investigated the redrawing of the state’s Senate and Assembly districts by the very legislative leaders who were scheduled to run for reelection in the reconfigured districts. Using election and census data, our reporters showed the process unfolding via interactive maps and written stories that allowed readers to see the impact on their communities and political power in Albany. Parts of the project were published online and in print by the Albany Times Union and Newsday.
  • Fighting New Jersey's Tax Crunch

    The series provided a detailed analysis of New Jersey's dysfunctional property tax system, which has the highest costs in the nation. Using U.S. census data, IRS data, 10 years of local tax information, and more than 40 databases of local and state employee payrolls, we found that the system had evolved into a juggernaut that was destroying the fiscal and social fabric economy of the state.
  • Race Gap Found in Pothole Patching

    The Milwaukee Department of Public Works was found to have clear geographical and racial disparities in how it allocated city workers to fix potholes throughout the area. A database of pothole locations with repair times were mapped out by the reporters and U.S. Census data was used to assess the poor response times.
  • World of Pain

    “Retail sales of five leading painkillers nearly doubled from 1997 to 2005, reflecting a surge in use by patients nationwide who are living in a world of pain, according to a new Associated Press analysis of federal drug prescription data. The analysis reveals that oxycodone usage is migrating out of Appalachia to areas such as Columbus, Ohio, and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and significant numbers of codeine users are living in many suburban neighborhoods around the country.”
  • Privacy Offenders

    "The U.S. Census Bureau's local facility left piles of confidential records unguarded, sitting in a large, unfinished and unlocked room- for months."
  • Leaving to Learn: DPS' Enrollment Gap

    The reporters used data from Denver Public Schools, the US Census Bureau, and the Piton Foundation of Denver to determine where Denver's school age children were going to school. Their analysis found that nearly a quarter of Denver's children do not go to public schools, and that many students from certain areas of the city are attending suburban schools instead of city schools.
  • Missed Signals; Killed by the Cops

    This project, a collaboration between the Chicago Reporter and ColorLines, analyzed fatal police shootings among America's ten largest cities. The investigation found that African Americans were overrepresented among police shooting victims, and Latinos are also frequent victims.
  • Incredible Shrinking Paycheck

    This investigation tracked median wage and salary income, broken down by age, gender, race and education, across more than five decades of Census data. The goal of the research was to measure the health of the middle class, which many people think is in danger.