We are the 99%

By Mariana Santos | Guardian Datablog

When Americans are asked how US wealth is distributed, they think the very richest fifth should own up to 40% of the national wealth – and that includes 90% of Republicans surveyed. In fact, that richest group owns 85% of the nation’s wealth. Those surveyed also thought the bottom 120 million people should own around 10% of the national wealth. The reality: 0.3%

Nice animation by Mariana Santos based on this data-set.


Major foreign holders of US debt

By Simon Rogers | Guardian Datablog

The amount of U.S. debt owned by China – the biggest foreign owner of US Treasury Bonds. As of autumn this year, US Treasury bonds owned overseas accounted for $4.7tn of the national debt – up 8% on last year. That’s not everything – the US now owes over $14tn in total.

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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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Immigration Explorer

Matthew Bloch and Robert Gebeloff | The New York Times

Matthew Bloch and Robert Gebeloff at The New York Times have designed a wonderful choropleth map of U.S. migration data going back to 1880. The user can select the origin of various immigration groups to see how they settled across the United States. A time slider provides an easy way to animate the data, either as percent of population, or in number of residents.

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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.