Cocktail Demography

Cocktail Demography

Interested in sharing some tantalizing demographic delicacies at your next cocktail party? Check out some of our lighter work:


Largest Ancestry: 2010


Analyzing “I Do” using n-grams


Charlottesville Running Routes


Web Series

10 ways to map Northern Virginia
Mapping characteristics of Northern Virginia, including income, religious affiliation, and percentage of transplants reveals NoVa’s unique profile and its profound impact on the rest of the state.

What are the most popular colleges in Virginia?
Though it may be surprising — even to those familiar with Virginia’s universities — Virginia Tech is the most commonly attended four year college in only a few counties.

Where Virginia legislators went to college
Democratic legislators are more likely to have gone to college, but Republican legislators are more likely to have stayed in-state or attended public institutions.

High cotton
Except for the hard times around the Civil War, Virginia’s population as a whole has grown continuously since it was a colony. However, outside of the largest urban areas population growth is not a fact of life. See when each county hit its peak.

What, exactly, do Americans do all day?
Perhaps most notable is the sheer amount of sleep people seem to be getting: apparently, a healthy 8.5 hours a night. Not bad!

The long distance runner: Lonely no more?
I happened across a great new map that provides great information on a topic I care a lot about: running. See where people are running in your area!

Counting all concubines
The Census does more than simply count. It also sorts us into categories which reflect our cultural values. These values have evolved over time, and the Census forms provide a window into that process.

Ancestory: Who do you think you are?
Despite the difficulties in tracing back ancestry, Census ancestry data does at least show who we think we are. Maybe that is just as informative as who we actually are.

What are young people up to these days?
Population density correlates mildly with having “too many” women in a given area, compared to men. See what other gender differences there are in residential patterns in Virginia.

Analyzing I do
How many of you have ever checked out Google’s Ngram Viewer? Here’s a spin-off for any armchair demographers out there: a tool for analyzing The New York Times Weddings/Celebrations Section,