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This set of interactive displays represents a small creative sampling of ways in which information included in a Key National Indicator System might be published so it can be visualized, explored and used by the American people. Because it is limited in scope and being published solely by the State of the USA, it cannot be seen as representative of what would eventually be included in an official Key National Indicator System. The examples that rotate within this box can also be browsed below. At the bottom of this page, a link exists to a more extensive set of examples.
energy_savings.jpg Energy  
Many Not Plugged In to Energy Saving Methods
Americans are taking steps to conserve energy, just not the most effective ones, according to a new report by Columbia University's Earth Institute.
Posted by Suzette Lohmeyer on August 26, 2010
Understanding our nation's progress toward widely accepted goals is imperative in an age where most of us know far too little about the problems and opportunities we face.

Derek Bok The 300th Anniversary University Professor and President Emeritus of Harvard University
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Take the Federal Budget Tour

Take the Federal Budget TourHow much does the federal government spend, how is that money raised, where does it go and how has spending changed over time? A State of the USA tutorial.Posted by State of the USA on April 7, 2010

International Scorecard: Are U.S. Kids Keeping Pace?

sciencescorecrd.gifShould your middle schooler be brushing up on science during the summer break? Explore how U.S. fourth- and eighth-graders compare to their international peers with our interactive graphical scorecard.

Related: International Math Achievement Posted by State of the USA on June 15, 2010

Health Measures for the Developed World

Health Measures for the developed worldExplore international health costs and outcomes for developed countries, comparing data in an animated chart.Posted by Scott Gilkeson on October 28, 2009

Safety and Security  
Explore the World's WMD Profiles

wmdmaps.gifNavigate maps, satellite imagery and Google Earth to explore the profiles of countries identified by the independent Nuclear Threat Initiative as having any attempted, former or established programs capable of producing weapons of mass destruction.Posted by Joshua Berry on July 29, 2010

Crime and Justice  
FBI Report: Violent Crime Down for 2009

2009CrimeTeaser.jpgViolent crime has fallen for the third straight year, according to new data from the FBI. Murder and robbery saw sharp declines, while rape fell by just 2.4 percent when compared to 2008 estimates. Use a stack graph to see violent crime trends over time.

Related: Corrections Population: One in Every 31 AdultsPosted by Anthony Calabrese on September 14, 2010

Grandpa's Outnumbered: Generations and Populations

agepopthmb.gifHow have percentages of men vs. women in a given generation changed over time? And what unique factors might be in play from one 20th century generation to the next?Posted by Noah Goodman on June 25, 2010

Families and Children  
Kids Reading Study Highlights Concerns, Opportunities

ReadingA new study on the reading habits of kids finds digital or electronic devices may have a negative effect on reading time, family time and physical activity -- and 39 percent of children ages 9 to 17 years old think that the information that they find online is always correct. Use an interactive graph to see how advances in digital technology are changing a generation of young Americans.Posted by Anthony Calabrese on October 6, 2010

Arts and Culture  
Smoking on the Silver Screen

Smoking in the moviesRecent research finds exposure to on-screen smoking in feature films increases the likelihood that young people will start smoking tobacco. An interactive chart looks at the percentage of movies with on-screen smoking, from 1999 to 2008.Posted by Anthony Calabrese on October 1, 2010

Many Not Plugged In to Energy Saving Methods

energy_savings.jpgAmericans are taking steps to conserve energy, just not the most effective ones, according to a new report by Columbia University's Earth Institute.Posted by Suzette Lohmeyer on August 26, 2010

Spike in Cohabitation Linked to Economy, not Romance

Spike in Cohabitation Linked to Economy, not RomanceA new Census Bureau report says a sharp rise in the number of opposite-sex unmarried couples living together may be less about romance and pending marriage and more about jobs.Posted by Suzette Lohmeyer on September 24, 2010

Latest CO2 Emissions Data by Nation, Per Capita

Carbon dioxide emissions are rising worldwide with just 20 countries responsible for more than 75 percent of them, according to new data from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center. How do the world's nations measure up? What's a nation's output come to per person? And just how big is a metric ton of CO2? Use an interactive dashboard to analyze CO2 emissions data.Posted by Anthony Calabrese on July 27, 2010

Economic Well-being: GDP vs. Median Income

Median income vs. GDPAre median income measures better than GDP for gauging a nation's economic health? Draw your own conclusions with this visualization charting historical GDP and median income data.Posted by Anthony Calabrese on July 6, 2010

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