QUESTION: u.s. military multiple deployment statistics

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from an email, identifying info snipped for privacy:

> Hey yall. This is R, who attended a few of your workshops in Detroit. I am doing research and attempting to compound some numbers. I am having a hard time finding a citable statistics explaining percentages of raw numbers of U.S. troops deployed currently and over the course of the Iraq and Afghan wars. Specifically, we want to know how many were and are deployed multiple times, and if so, how many times/what percentage served how many tours. I could only find info from 2005 here:
> The info is integral to a campaign we are working on!
> Any ideas?
> Thanks, peace,

QUESTION: Average American meal question

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"It is estimated that the average American meal travels about 1500 miles to get from farm to plate." With the recent spate of books, films, web sites related to food activism, this phrase seems like it's commonly repeated, but where does it come from? I found it on the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture web site (, was mentioned in the film "Food, Inc." and Barbara Kingsolver's book "Animal Vegetable Miracle" but none of these sources provide further information. I'm presently taking a year away from graduate school to start a farm project with a few friends of mine, and i am writing a formal journal about the experience. A few of these entries will be specifically related to energy consumption, so it's important to me that i understand how the aforementioned statistics are figured...

Thanks so much...

South Bronx Stats


As far as the crime type statistics go, you can use the NYPD website. The Precints that are in the South Bronx appear to be the 40th (Mott Haven), 41st (Hunts Point), and 42nd (Melrose). It of course depends on what borders you are using for "South Bronx".
This shows the stats for each precinct:
It doesn't say how many are incarcerated, but it will give you an idea.

The South Bronx looks like it's Community District 1 in the Bronx (BX CD-1)
The NYC Dept. of City Planning has stats on each Community District:
Here is an extensive report:

If you still have specific questions not answered in this report, feel free to contact me directly, as I love census statistics. :-)
natalie (dot) brant (at) gmail

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QUESTION: Census-type info fo the South Bronx

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Hey Rad Ref folks,

I'm looking for class composition information for the South Bronx--specifically, stuff like:

-What kinds of jobs do people work in the South Bronx, by population? Average income? Average declared assets?
-How many people are uninsured in the South Bronx?
-How many undocumented folks are living in the South Bronx, roughly, and where are they from originally? What nationality are the people living in the South Bronx, by population?
-What proportion of people in the South Bronx have access to Food Stamps, section 8 housing, social security, and other public benefits?
-At what rate are people in the South Bronx arrested, incarcerated, or paroled?
-What is the current poverty and unemployment rate in the South Bronx?

Is there an easily-navigable database out there somewhere with county, state or federal data of this kind?



"Hunger and Homelessness Survey" is a report from the 2007 Conference of U.S. Mayors. It gives some statistics on various cities. Information regarding Philadelphia is on page 34.

Can be found at:

"Incarceration and Homelessness" is a paper from the 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness research. Includes some Philadelphia statistics that can be of use.

Can be found at:

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Income for Philadelphia


For information on personal income, see the census bureau's city and county data book. On this page, download the .pdf spreadsheet with information on the "Place" tables for "Income and poverty".

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QUESTION: statistics for philadelphia

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We are working on a newsletter for and by Pennsylvania prisoners. One of the topics has to do with quality of life in Philadelphia.
We are looking for sources to find the following info:

Murder Rate (for the last few years, in comparison to other cities [per capita])
The lock up rate, per capita, compared to other cities
Chemicals in the water supply, in comparison
Median Income
Estimated homelessness population
Who owes the most taxes? How much is 'saved' due to tax abatement? Other tax info

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

bailout data


This is a good question. Thanks for the link to the bailout visualization. I don't think you can make a one-to-one correlation between the bailouts in history and data on GDP and/or employment because there are so many factors that go into those data. Be that as it may, the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics is a good place to start for (un)employment statistics. GDP can be found at US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis. I believe you can also find those data in the US Statistical Abstract, available online and at your nearest Federal Depository Library.

I'm not sure how far back those data are available on their sites, so you may want to visit your local library. NY Public, as well as several University libraries in NYC should be able to help you if the data are not online. Here's a hint, any library that is a Federal Depository (like NYU) has to allow the public in to use Federal government information. So, you should be able to gain entrance to, for example, NYU, even though they're a private university.

Another angle to try is the secondary literature. That is, you can search in books to see if anyone has been able to make the correlation you're seeking. I searched Worldcat for "bailout" and found 287 books, many of which will get at your question. Once you find a book in which you're interested, you can put in your zip code and find the nearest library that has the title.

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QUESTION: statistics for showing "how Baltimore is such a hard city on children"

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Submitted for a patron:
Question: do you have, or can you point in great radical dirrections, to gain statistics for showing "how Baltimore is such a hard city on children" - I want to compile a long list of statistics on child poverty, and issues that show rascism and classism filtering down. I KNOW its hard to live here, and hard for children, because I live, and have raised a child, here. (and I am writing an essay for the local indie media newspaper which the deadline already passed but there is still a little time left) but when I try to research statistics I am surprised how hard it is - how there is a diversity in numbers - how nothing is in one spot.

Has no one ever gathered a bunch of numbers for children living in Baltimore city?

I searched for a whole day and I should contact my local library but I am finding that statistics are harder and trickier than I thought - not used to working with them.

I would like to compile a page of numbers that speak for themselves, teh way Z magazine once did to show how the welfare reform propaganda was bullshit (this was a long time ago) and to illuminate the inequality. my essay talks about stuff but has no statistics to back it up - plus the editor said it would be great to do a whole side bar of this stuff.

how many children in sub-poverty
how the greatest reason to put a woman in poverty is to be a mother
how a disproportionate number of the poor is children
how baltimore has the greatest inequality in funding schools from the city to the suburbs (I actually Have this statistic)
how many children's parents are in prison

statistics to show racism and classism and all that.

I know this is really broad - a giant question. I am sorry, just having a hard time and surprised there are not more resources out there for stuff I thought would be easy to find (plus statistics need to be put into perspective. when there is debate even on how many kids drop out - from 30 to 68 percent (its definitely more on the 68 percent) and then they have the census which will say the city has one percent latinos but others more in the know say its twice as much as that.

so if there is any resources where someone has worked through these issues and put time into it and its more up to date - I wonder!

THANK YOU! Any help will be good - fast is best - but even if it comes past the deadline I will still use it in political work to organize to support parents and children.

QUESTION: Bail-outs outcomes

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This is a cool visualization on Many Eyes

Can you provide any outcomes data to correlate with these bail-outs over time? Like change in GDP or unemployment rates corresponding over years after these bail-outs to determine how effective or ineffective they may have been? Also, 1930-1933 bank bailouts, what was the cost and the results in unemployment or GDP. I heard they weren't effective at all.

Propublic is the user who created the visualization on Many Eyes.

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