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Vacation Preferences

Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

Typically, summer months are filled with family fun, and usually, it is the most popular time to go on vacation. Of course, this year is anything but typical. We wanted to look at vacation preferences for a typical year. Where do people go? Are they truly going on vacation, or visiting friends and family? We […]

Freeway Drive Time Enhancements: Resolution Levels

Posted by on Jul 16, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

In addition to the expansion to global coverage and a much expanded road classification, Freeway now supports multiple levels of resolution. The original model included only two resolution levels – normal and detailed – which were at the 500’ and 2500’ grid levels.   Our new model includes four resolutions to cover a broader range of […]

Understanding Race and Hispanic Origin

Posted by on Jul 16, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

One of the most common questions we get asked is normally phrased as an accusatory statement – “Your data must be wrong, because when I add together the population by race plus the Hispanic population, the number is too big and doesn’t even match the total population.” In common practice, the Census Bureau core table […]

COVID-19 and Unemployment

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

With the rise in COVID-19 cases, some states are rolling back openings of businesses. When combined with PPP programs running out next month, this could lead to another spike in unemployment claims. Since early April, AGS has released a weekly dataset on unemployment estimates down to the block group, free of charge. Over the last […]

COVID-19 and Finances

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

There seems to be a domino effect happening in the financial world, from state and local closures, to job loss, and as a result, a growing amount of consumer debt, bankruptcies and mortgage defaults. The wave of bankruptcies, especially those in the retail sector, keep coming. Just this week, Lucky Brand added to the list […]

COVID-19 and Tourism

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

The travel industry generally accounts for about 3% of GDP and was the very first economic casualty of the “stay-at-home” orders. Within a matter of just a few weeks, air travel dropped to near zero. Cruise lines cancelled their entire seasons. Major theme parks closed. Even national parks closed. Entire hotels shut down. Hotel occupancy […]

COVID-19 And Substance Abuse

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

The opioid crisis in America has in recent years gained public awareness, but it is really only part of what have become known as ‘deaths of despair’ consisting of mainly drug-induced, alcohol-induced, and suicide deaths. The CDC reported 181,686 such deaths in 2018. Compare this to homicides (19,510), motor vehicle accidents (40,231) or ‘legal intervention’ […]

Data Visualization: Grid Geography

Posted by on Jul 2, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

A significant problem with using administrative districts for mapping results from the great discrepancies in their physical size and shape. For example, counties in the eastern United States tend to be small and regular, but the further west you get, the larger and more variable counties become. The issue is one of interpretation, as the […]

Buy American: A Map

Posted by on Jul 2, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

Turn on any TV channel (well, for those of us that have resisted cutting the cord), and at some point you are bound to see an infomercial for a product that says “Proud to say made in the U.S.A.” as a major selling feature. For many Americans, they prefer to buy products that are made […]

Sneak Peek: 5-Year CrimeRisk Projections

Posted by on Jun 25, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

For nearly twenty years, AGS has been creating its CrimeRisk indexes which have proved invaluable to retail location planners, security analysts, and commercial insurance underwriters. The current situation is certainly important, but in many cases analysts can benefit from looking at projected trends. An area could have relatively high crime levels, but that risk may […]