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These are the roads that are closed in Houston due to Hurricane Harvey

Thanks to the outstanding work, expertise, and a remarkable history of outreach, support and knowledge sharing, via NewsLib, the Houston Chron posted a crowdsourced map of flooded streets and neighborhoods – updated regularly. The digital version of the Houston Chronicle shows an inundated neighborhood. Please also see Disaster.gov – and via FEMA – the National… Continue Reading

More U.S. households are renting than at any point in 50 years

“A decade after the housing bust upended the lives of millions of Americans, more U.S. households are headed by renters than at any point since at least 1965, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau housing data. The total number of households in the United States grew by 7.6 million between 2006… Continue Reading

An illustrated guide to Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature buildings

Curbed – Kesley Keith: “…His ingenious, enchanting buildings—over 500 actual buildings, and 500 more on top of those that he didn’t get a chance to construct in his 91 years on this planet. According to the catalog for MoMA’s whopper of a retrospective—timed to what would have been Wright’s 150th birthday—the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation… Continue Reading

How Much do you Need to Earn to Afford a Modest Apartment in Your State

National Housing Coalition Report: ” Millions of Americans struggle to find affordable rent. In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom rental home in the U.S., renters need to earn a wage of $21.21 per hour. The Housing Wage for a two-bedroom apartment is $13.96 higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, and $4.83 higher… Continue Reading

Using Big Data to Predicting House Prices Across the Country

Joshua New – Center for Data Innovation: “Zillow has launched a data science challenge called the Zillow Prize that provides participants with datasets of real estate information that could influence house prices to encourage them to develop algorithms that can best predict real estate sales prices. Zillow’s “Zestimate” tool gives prospective home-buyers an estimate of… Continue Reading

Importance of Individual Account Retirement Plans and Home Equity in Family Total Wealth

Employee Benefit Research Institute – Importance of Individual Account Retirement Plans and Home Equity in Family Total Wealth, May 2017, Vol. 38, No. 7. “This EBRI Notes examines the level of assets held by families with a working family head ages 25-64 in individual account (IA) retirement plans (employment-based defined contribution (DC) plans and individual… Continue Reading

Household Debt Reaches New Peak Driven by Gains in Mortgage, Auto, and Student Debt

Federal Reserve Bank of New York: “The Center for Microeconomic Data’s latest Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit reveals that total household debt achieved a new peak in the first quarter of 2017, rising by $149 billion to $12.73 trillion—$50 billion above the previous peak reached in the third quarter of 2008. Balances climbed… Continue Reading

New York City Rents By Subway Stop 2017

RentHop: “New York’s MTA subway system is an essential part of many New Yorkers’ lives. With as many as 5.7 million riders each weekday, it truly is the backbone of the city. It should be no surprise then, that it is one of the first things that people consider when looking to rent an apartment. Close… Continue Reading

Changing Economics and Demographics of Young Adulthood From 1975 to 2016

“Today’s young adults look different from prior generations in almost every regard: how much education they have, their work experiences, when they start a family and even who they live with while growing up. A new U.S. Census Bureau report, The Changing Economics and Demographics of Young Adulthood: 1975–2016, looks at changes in young adulthood… Continue Reading

Census Bureau Statistics on Pets

“The U.S. Census Bureau presents a collection of data that highlights the various aspects of America’s love for their pets. The National Pet Day graphic and Stats for Stories include data on topics such as: veterinarians and their assistants, veterinary clinics, pet food manufacturing and pet supply retailers. Statistics come from the 2015 American Community Survey, 2014… Continue Reading

Issues of modern homelessness – broad, complex, affecting too many of our neighbors, communities

Gretchen Keillor’s new data project – Understanding Homelessness: “From the system perspective, a society with a lack of supportive and health services, a suffering economy, or a lack of affordable housing can be challenging for individuals on the brink of homelessness. From an individual perspective, these people can be classified as those unable to work… Continue Reading

2015 American Housing Survey National and Metropolitan Area Public Use File Microdata and Codebook

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released the microdata and codebook for the 2015 American Housing Survey, which includes the National Public Use File. The release  contains records for the national sample and the 15 largest metropolitan areas, as well as the Metropolitan Public Use File containing records for 10 additional metropolitan areas. Microdata are files… Continue Reading