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Visualizing Immigration and Language Data


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Presentation on visualizing census data about foreign born citizens, and language use. Has some pretty maps.

Presentation on visualizing census data about foreign born citizens, and language use. Has some pretty maps.

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    • 1. Immigration and Spoken Language Christopher Martin [email_address]
    • 2. Data Source
      • US Census Bureau
        • Language Use, English Ability, and Linguistic Isolation data were collected in the 2000 census
        • Foreign Born Citizens are collected during census years and from the American community surveys.
        • TIGER/LINE files
    • 3. Data Format
      • All data is originally in excel files
        • Some is also available in PDF
      • Required parsing and conversion
        • Certain fields had to be extracted
        • Conversion to dbf for inclusion in ArcMap
    • 4.  
    • 5.  
    • 6.  
    • 7. Language Data
      • Wide Variety available
        • Census Tract
        • County
        • State
      • Individual languages
      • Language Families
    • 8. Data Used
      • Total Foreign Born Population
        • Percentage of total pop.
      • Total Number of Non-English Speakers at Home
        • Percentage of total pop.
      • Number of speakers per language family
        • Percentage of total pop.
      • Primary Language Family per Unit
    • 9. Visualizing Language Data
      • Predominant non english language
        • Language family is essentially a category, assigned a unique color
      • Number of non english speakers
        • Dot Density worked well here
      • Percentage of Total Population
        • Graduated symbol worked best
          • Calculated field was useful mostly for the legend
    • 10.  
    • 11. Graduated Symbols
    • 12. Proportional Symbols
    • 13. Predominant Language Family
    • 14. Visualizing Immigration Data
      • Not actually done yet
        • Not available at the county level 
      • Percent of total population
        • Graduated Symbols a likely choice
      • Raw Number per county
        • Dot density could work
        • Dependent on the range of values
    • 15. Multivariate Visualization
      • Mostly looked really ugly
      • Also, confusing
    • 16. C’est Finis
      • Questions?