CANDO makes it easy for you to do quick data work

The folks at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences have updated neighborhood profile information on their CANDO website.

This is an excellent site to bookmark for when you’re in need of Northeast Ohio Demographic data. The site gives you a chance to dig deep and quickly into a wide array of material from economic trends to racial breakdowns in the region.

And in case you wonder how they came up with the name, be glad it’s simply known as CANDO. Officially, it’s the┬áNortheast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing.

Are most people upset about taxes, or just a vocal minority?

Ohio Department of TaxationHere’s something to keep in mind the next time you’re doing a tax story. Is everyone really furious about the level of their tax bill?

I ask this because we came across a surprising – though totally unscientific – finding after putting together a package called Best Places. Best Places gives online readers a chance to express their priorities for a place to live in Greater Cleveland. Based on each user’s priorities, a unique ranking of communities, 1 to 100, is displayed.

The size of the local tax bill ended up being just a mid-level concern, behind features like safe neighborhoods, quality public schools, living close to downtown Cleveland and having a wide variety of municipal recreation facilities. Read what we learned.

Quick stop to check job growth (and loss) numbers

Bureau of Labor StatisticsThe politicians love to boast about employment gains, or take shots at their opponents over job losses. It’s a separate debate as to the degree politicians are responsible for job gains and losses, but at least it’s easy to check

Here’s a link that will get you to the right spot to quickly fact check what is being said with the official numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And, once there, it doesn’t take long to take a look at a wider timeframe so you can begin to draw your own conclusions.

From this link, it just takes three clicks and about 15 seconds to to see 10 years’ of monthly data: (A) select “top picks,” (B) select “Total Nonfarm Employmen” and (C) click “retrieve data.” From there, you can dig deeper if you like.

Minimum wage job no longer can cover the college bills


College costs vs. minimum wage

Do you realize that a minimum wage job used to be enough to pay all the bills for a college education – tuition, fees, books, room and board? Now it’s not even close.

We looked at the change in the minimum wage going back to the early 1980s, as well as the average cost of attending Ohio’s four-year public universities. The idea was try to put in simple terms changes in college affordability.

The story apparently hit a nerve with a lot of people. It was shared more than 1,500 times on Facebook and Tweeted more than 100 times. Take a look at our findings.