District on Fire: Arson in DC from 2012-2016

District on Fire: Arson in DC from 2012-2016

  I was listening to the news and they mentioned a house fire that was likely arson. I wondered how often arson occurs in DC. I felt like it has to be somewhat rare, but I really had no idea. Luckily, Open Data DC has crime data, including cases of arson in the district by Ward. Arson is defined in DC as (take a deep breath): “The malicious burning or attempt to burn any dwelling, house, barn, or stable adjoining…

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Land of Plenty? State and Regional Variation in Food Insecurity, 2002-2016

Land of Plenty? State and Regional Variation in Food Insecurity, 2002-2016

  Food insecure households experience disruptions in the quality and quantity of the household food supply due to a lack of resources. Translation: food insecure households struggle to afford the food they need to feed their family. I’ve been thinking about state and regional variation in the U.S. For most issues, we can imagine that they will vary by state and region. Oftentimes, however, national level estimates get the limelight. For example, unemployment, poverty, and rates of HIV infection. And…

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