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Dialysis Centers: Access and Demand

Posted by on May 28, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

Nationwide, there are 7,000 dialysis centers, according to data.medicare.gov. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 37 million people in the U.S. have chronic kidney disease, about 15% of the adult population. We wanted to know the accessibility of dialysis centers to those that need it, and the demand for those centers. For both of these […]

Median Income

Posted by on May 21, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The median income for households is the point at which one-half of the households have a higher income, and one half a lower income. To be an exact measure, we would need to know the exact incomes of each household in an area. While we do not know this, we utilize the cumulative counts of […]

Snapshot Features: Contextual Trade Areas

Posted by on May 21, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Many of the largest retail operations have long recognized that the likely trade area size of a particular location is highly dependent upon its locational context. For example, a coffee shop is likely to have a much larger trade area in a suburban area than in a central business district. Typically, the context is defined […]

Dog Lovers Mapped

Posted by on May 14, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

Dogs. They bring so much joy to our lives, especially during these uncertain times. But can we map man’s best friend? We looked at our MRI data, and based on Panorama segmentation, mapped out households most likely to have a large dog (>60 lbs.) and those most likely to have a small dog (<10 lbs.). […]

Understanding the 2020 Census: Differential Privacy

Posted by on May 14, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

The United States census has always required that its respondents cannot be identified from any tabulation published during the lifetime of those respondents. Over time, the level of geographic detail published by the Census Bureau has been greatly enhanced – with the introduction of census tracts, block groups, and the highly detailed block level. With […]

Spatial Analysis: Diversity and Segregation

Posted by on May 7, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

There has been much discussion in recent years extolling the virtues of ethnic diversity in cities, especially as it relates to the richness of urban life. Metropolitan areas like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles offer a richness of diverse cultural and culinary experiences that few cities can rival. Often, however, this richness at a […]

Census Delay

Posted by on May 7, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

While the 2020 Census is well under way with online and mailed responses, COVID-19 has put a halt to the in-person work that needs to happen in order for the Census to be completed. Of course, the health and safety of Census employees is more important than completing the Census by the original deadline, and […]

Snapshot: Trade Areas Done Right

Posted by on May 7, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

Earlier this year, we introduced you to our new API, Snapshot, an interface which delivers data on demand for use in a wide range of analytics applications. Snapshot has been loaded with the latest 2020A data release with over 6700 built-in variables and the ability to create new variables using an expanded function library. Snapshot […]

Food Deserts and Retail Gap

Posted by on Apr 30, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

Access to fresh, healthy and affordable food is a problem for many low-income Americans. In some neighborhoods, the closest supermarket could be miles away. Those that don’t have transportation, or are low-income, may only have a local store to shop at, where prices are higher and fresh food is not as easily available. As a […]

COVID-19: Mortgage Risk and More Data Resources

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

We started wondering this week about some of the potential impacts if the now substantial unemployment persists after the stay at home orders are lifted. One possible effect is on mortgage defaults, and we created a crude index of risk based on a simple multiplication of three factors – the percent of dwelling units with […]