Data links: Most surprising datasets, a mellow hurricane season and a note from the editors

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Before we begin with this week’s roundups, we want to talk about how you, the reader, can be a part of TrendCT.

We’ve already talked to a few dozen analytic-minded people in the state, and we’re finding more and more of you out there. We’re meeting people who use their free time to obtain and analyze civic data. If you work with interesting data, we want to tell other people about your work.

There are several ways you can help us out:

  1. If you have a dataset and want to share it, reach out to us.
  2. If you’ve created something using data, we want to tell our readers about it and link to you.
  3. If you want to write a piece and publish it on TrendCT, we want to help you. Take a look at the contributor policy. We’ll even help you make charts and maps, as needed.
  4. If you have a data problem, we want to post it on TrendCT so we can have a conversation about it.
  5. If you have insights on one of our posts, comment about it. If someone posts a comment not supported by data, ask them to provide it.

Our goal here is to bring data-minded people in the state together for an open conversation. Reach out to me ( or Andrew ( We’d love to meet over a cup of coffee.

Now onto the links!

  • It turns out people who don’t believe global warming is human-caused are more likely to vote for senators who share their belief. Who would’ve thought? But the outliers — like Colorado and West Virginia — are interesting. [Story | Data]
  • Data Haven will conduct a statewide “well-being” survey. In what they are calling the “most comprehensive quality-of-life survey ever conducted in the state,” DataHaven will interview 15,000 Connecticut residents by phone. They conducted a similar survey in the Greater New Haven area in 2012.
  • The average expenditure for a “consumer unit” in 2013 was $51,100 in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The largest expense was housing ($17,148), followed by transportation ($9,004) and food ($6,602). [BLS]
  • As Connecticut Chief Data Officer Tyler Kleykamp likes to point out, when using the state data portal, it’s quite helpful to click the “About” tab at the top right. The most useful section: Near the bottom, under “Licensing and Attribution,” it says which department provided the data.
  • Colorado State University’s hurricane experts predict a “well below average” Atlantic hurricane season this year. Get to the end of the PDF for some data tables. [PDF]
  • Utility sales may drop in half, because homes are generating their own power. [Bloomberg | Report]
  • Between six and 10 percent of Connecticut’s 15- to 19-year-olds sought out a form of long-acting reversible contraception (IUDs, implants) at a Title X-funded center in 2013. Such devices are the most effective form of birth control for teens. But 90 percent of 15- to 19-year-olds used some form of birth control the last time they had sex. [CDC]
  • The Upshot charts out people receiving a marriage penalty — or bonus — on tax day. [NY Times]

What do you think?

  • Interesting dataset at FiveThirtyEight yesterday showing per capita tax revenue: It begs the question: how does our budget compare to MA, CA, and NY? Are we paying more for things that they are getting for cheaper?

    • alvinschang

      That 538 piece is fascinating. We’ll do some dives in CT data, but maybe we can dig deeper on those comparable states, too.