The State of Working America

By The Economic Policy Institute

The State of Working America Web site presents data in eight broad issue areas: income, economic mobility, wages, jobs, wealth, poverty, health, and international comparisons. Providing a comprehensive examination of critical trends and economic measurements, the data on this site is presented to give readers a deep understanding of the effect of the economy on low- and middle-income American workers and their families.

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Mapping the Nation’s Well-Being

By Matthew Bloch and Bill Marsh | The New York Times


For the last three years, Gallup has called 1,000 randomly selected American adults each day and asked them about indicators of their quality of life. Responses are converted to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Here are the 2010 results, sorted by Congressional districts.

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Our Aging World

By Ben Fry, Fathom | GE Healthymagination

According to the United Nations, the elderly population of the world is growing at its fastest rate ever. By 2050, there will be more than 2 billion people aged 60 or over. The age of a country’s population can reveal insights about that country’s history, and can provide a glimpse towards the economic and healthcare trends that will challenge their societies in the future. Explore the visualization below to learn more about how the populations of eight countries will grow and change over time.

The World Population Prospects (2008 Revision) is from the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division. The results of the 2008 Revision incorporate the findings of the most recent national population censuses and of numerous specialized population surveys carried out around the world. It also provides the demographic data and indicators to assess trends at the global, regional, and national levels. For years prior to 1990, population for ages 80 and above is estimated.

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Take a Look at Health

A powerful ‘Health Visualizer’ by Ben Fry,

What are the major health issues facing Americans today? What are some of the most common conditions, and how are they related to one another? What can we do to improve our health?

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The State of Young America

By Demos & Young Invincibles

Today’s 20-somethings are the first generation, as a whole, to face downward economic mobility compared to their parents’ generation, according to a new report from national policy center Demos and youth advocacy organization Young Invincibles. The report, entitled “The State of Young America,” details how the Great Recession has intensified the impact of thirty years of negative economic trends across young Americans’ lives.

There are no interactive graphs, but a pdf databook is provided, describing in detail the decline in opportunity and security that has taken place over the past thirty years, as the policies that previously provided the foundation for the existence of an American middle class deteriorated. The report provides a comprehensive portrait of the Millennial generation, and where possible, compares their economic status to that of the previous generation when they were just starting out. A number of excellent graphs are available, along with the underlying data for download.