Data Lab

Sticky Figures: Home Prices and the Cost of Oil

Charting fluctuations in crude oil prices together with changes in home prices reveals some interesting behavior in these two essential commodities since 2000. The curious line dance these two have tracked over the past 15 years was made clear recently… Read More »

Highest Debt for Higher Education

The cost of higher education is a lesson many college students are learning the hard way. Driven to attain a bachelor’s or advanced degrees, young Americans and older workers returning for greater competitiveness are graduating with increasingly high debt. Based… Read More »

X Marks the Spot for Gen-X Density

After characterizing the post-World War II generation as cuddly Baby Boomers, sociologists ran out of ideas. They eventually settled on Generation X, a hand-me-down label first given to European youth of the 1950s and then to a variety of subcultures… Read More »

Fleeting Youth: Where the Median Age is Lowest

The national median age in the United States increased during the first decade of the millennium from 35.3 to 37.2, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] The swelling proportion of older Americans is a result of the Baby Boomer… Read More »

Where Are All The Single People Going?

If you are single and ready to mingle, then RealtyTrac found the perfect city for you! RealtyTrac sifted through the data provided by Homefacts to get a top 10 list of those cities where your neighbor could be your Valentine…. Read More »

Baby Boomer Boomtowns

World War II separated young men and women in sufficient enough numbers that population growth slowed to a crawl during the conflict and exploded once hostilities ceased and lovers reunited. The population surge that resulted became the Baby Boom, and… Read More »

Storm Watch: Cracking Thunder Stats

You may have it and not know what to call it. But it’s a condition serious enough to earn four unpronounceable names. Whether you call it astraphobia, brontophobia, keraunophobia, or tonitrophobia, it’s a single weather-related syndrome that translates to an… Read More »

Boom: Large Counties with Low Unemployment

Unemployment in the United States has been dropping incrementally for several years, with The Wall Street Journal currently forecasting it will drop from the 5.6 percent posted in December 2014 to 5.2 percent by the end of this year. How… Read More »

Where Foreclosures are Back to Normal

Weathering Change: ‘A Hard Rain is Gonna Fall’

With our climate setting more records than an Olympic medalist, professionals in real estate and housing need to know where changing weather patterns require changes in lifestyle or construction. Rainfall totals seem especially fluky, but a just-released RealtyTrac alert based… Read More »

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