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20 Dec 2013

Richmond ranks high in income inequality

Richmond has one the highest levels of income inequality in the United States. The poorest fifth of the city’s households receives 2.4 percent of the city’s aggregate income; the richest fifth gets 57 percent.

20 Dec 2013

Income inequality: by the numbers

Here is the data we used to produce this package of stories.

20 Dec 2013

Look up your county’s income data

Here is a tool to examine all of the income-related data that we have compiled on each county.

20 Dec 2013

A map of income inequality in Virginia

This map shows the Gini index — the level of income inequality — for each county and city in Virginia.

20 Dec 2013

The genius behind the Gini index

Italian statistician Corrado Gini created the Gini coefficient or index, in 1912. It is the most commonly used instrument of measurement for income inequality.

20 Dec 2013

About the American Community Survey

The data used in this story came from the 2010-2012 American Community Survey complied by the U.S. Census Bureau. Four datasets were used to put this story together.

15 Dec 2013

Trailers pose danger on highways

Trailers can pose a serious danger on the nation’s roads. From 2008 through 2011, there were more than 11,660 towing-related traffic accidents, and they killed more than 13,440 people.

15 Dec 2013

1 in 3 traffic deaths in Virginia involves alcohol

Over a five-year span between 2008 and 2012, 3,863 people lost their lives on roadways throughout Virginia. That’s more than the number of military casualties endured in Afghanistan since 2003.

15 Dec 2013

Details on trailer deaths by state

Here is a summary table of our analysis of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System data. We have posted the table as a Google Spreadsheet and as a Web page.

15 Dec 2013

How we analyzed the FARS database

The data used for this story originated from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Analysis Reporting System.

15 Dec 2013

Half of Richmond’s bridges need work

On an average day, cars and trucks make more than 31 million trips over Virginia bridges that are obsolete or in disrepair. One-third of the state’s bridges, and more than half in Richmond, need repair or rehabilitation.

15 Dec 2013

When a bridge collapsed in W. Va.

The day was Dec. 15, 1967. It was rush hour in Point Pleasant, W. Va. Thousands of cars crossed the Silver Bridge each day in this city that sits on the border with Ohio. But on this day, some of the cars that started across the Silver Bridge did not make it to the other side.

15 Dec 2013

Percent of bridges needing work

Here is a breakdown of the bridges in selected localities of Virginia.

15 Dec 2013

How we crunched the bridge data

The data for this project came from the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. The VDOT data came as a series of HTML pages; the federal data came as an Excel spreadsheet.

15 Dec 2013

Search the Virginia bridge database

With this search tool, you can see the latest inspection data for any bridge in Virginia.

14 Dec 2013

Richmond’s HIV rate among highest in U.S.

Richmond has one of the nation’s highest rates of people living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

14 Dec 2013

How we compiled the HIV-AIDS data

The date for this report came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has a website with data and maps on the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases at the county level and the state level.

14 Dec 2013

Richmond grapples with other STDs

HIV/AIDS isn’t the only sexually transmitted disease prevalent in Richmond. The city also ranks high nationally in three other STDs — gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis — that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks on a city and county level.

14 Dec 2013

Racial gulf persists in who gets home loans

African Americans and Hispanics are far more likely than Caucasians to be denied home mortgage loans.

14 Dec 2013

How we computed loan denial rates

Here’s how we did this query. It is similar to most of the queries we used in our analysis.

14 Dec 2013

The law vs. banks on home loans

When it comes to home ownership, banks are the key for getting loans. And laws are in place to ensure that banks engage in practices that are fair.

14 Dec 2013

About the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data

The data for this story was released through the federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, which requires most lending institutions to report home mortgage loan application information to the government annually.

12 Dec 2013

Some School Districts Have High Poverty

In 10 school districts across Virginia, at least one out of every three children — ages 5 to 17 — lives in poverty, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released this week.

12 Dec 2013

Harrisonburg Cited as Virginia’s Poorest Locality

The poorest locality in Virginia in 2012 was the city of Harrisonburg, according to an analysis of data released Dec. 12 by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program.

02 Dec 2013

Rising Default Rates Reflect Economic Times

In a trend that may be indicative of today’s economic realities, many schools are experiencing a hike in default rates for student loans.

02 Dec 2013

For-Profit Schools’ Students Often Default on Loans

In 2011 in Virginia, more than one of every 10 proprietary-school students who were scheduled to start repaying their student loans defaulted.

02 Dec 2013

Student Loan Default Rates for All Virginia Schools

A list of all Virginia schools and their 2011 student loan default rates

02 Dec 2013

Default Rates Highest at Proprietary Schools

Henri’s School of Hair Design in Fitchburg, Mass., is a cut above the rest when it comes to loan defaults.

02 Dec 2013

HBCUs Have High Loan Default Rates

Among Virginia institutions of higher education offering graduate degrees, historically black colleges or universities, or HBCUs, had the highest student loan default rates in 2011.

11 Nov 2013

Thefts Boost Takoma Park Crime Rate

The reputation of Takoma Park as a relatively safe town for its residents may be under threat from incidents of theft that are driving up the crime rate.

11 Nov 2013

Latest FBI crime data for every Maryland city

Our look at crime in Tahoma Park, Md., was based on our analysis of the FBI’s 2012 Crime in the United States report. We downloaded the city-by-city data for Maryland and then used Excel to clean up the data and calculate crime rates.

11 Nov 2013

HIV-AIDS: Our data and map

Here are the data used in our report on HIV and AIDS in Virginia. We’ve also posted a larger view on the map showing the HIV-AIDS rate for each locality.

10 Nov 2013

SOL reading drops trump math rises, despite DOE framing

The Virginia Department of Education press release about the 2012-13 scores was headlined, “Students Make Gains on All Mathematics SOLs,” but the math gains were scant compared to reading losses.

10 Nov 2013

Who owns the most vacant buildings?

Five vacant properties, previously owned by a prominent Richmond-area investor, were auctioned off by the city of Richmond for tax delinquency in late October. The properties, located in Church Hill along a historic stretch of homes, had been owned by property collector Stacy Martin through Premier Investment Properties LLC.

10 Nov 2013

From pot to heroin, drug offenses soar

Drug violations in Ashland have more than doubled this year compared with 2012, and the variety of narcotics being recovered has local officials alarmed.

10 Nov 2013

HIV/AIDS takes grim toll in Richmond

About 2,330 Richmond residents are infected with HIV/AIDS, and the city’s infection rate is the highest in Central Virginia – almost four times the statewide average.

09 Nov 2013

U.S. counties with the biggest bump in poverty rates

According to the 2012 American Community Survey, nine of the 10 counties with the highest poverty rates in the U.S. are in Southern states. This is not surprising, since nine out of the 10 counties with the biggest increase in poverty rates are also in the South

09 Nov 2013

Poverty in Richmond highest in the state

A lot of people think of Detroit as the poster child for poverty. But here’s a disturbing fact: The poverty rate in Richmond is just as bad.

09 Nov 2013

More dying on the job in Virginia

Workplace fatalities in Virginia increased 15 percent last year. And in the Richmond area, the numbers of workplace deaths were higher in 2012 than they have been in five years, according to federal and state data.

09 Nov 2013

Experts say bullying in Virginia schools is difficult to measure

In another era bullying was considered a part of childhood, a rite of passage. In recent years, however, a rise in schoolyard violence and increase in adolescent suicides have caused parents, educators and the government to recognize that bullying is a serious issue worth fixing.

08 Nov 2013

Common Wealth? Data Show Slow Growth in Va. Employment

Blame sequestration. Experts say federal budget cuts may explain why employment in Virginia is growing at a slower pace than it is nationwide. Virginia ranked 12th among the states in the number of people employed, at more than 3.5 million. But Virginia doesn’t compare so favorably in job growth – the percentage of employment change. […]

07 Nov 2013

Analysis of 2013 governor’s race

Sifting the tea leaves from Tuesday’s election: Which localities turned from red to blue; and how the Libertarian was a big winner in the cost per vote.

23 Oct 2013

Aggravated assaults at VCU jump 50%

The number of aggravated assaults on and around VCU’s two main campuses increased 50 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to data from the university’s Police Department.

13 Oct 2013

¡Que horrible! Latinos lack health insurance

More than one-third of Hispanics under age 65 living in the South are without health insurance coverage.

13 Oct 2013

Map of uninsured Hispanics in the U.S.

This map shows the percentage of Hispanics residents in each state who did not have health insurance in 2011.

12 Oct 2013

Actually, UR’s crime rate tops VCU’s

The question sounds like a no-brainer: Which school has the higher crime rate — gritty-urban VCU or posh-bucolic University of Richmond? The answer is counterintuitive.

12 Oct 2013

How schools compare on crime

Here is our analysis of the data used in this report. The raw data came from the FBI; we downloaded it, cleaned it up and calculated crime rates.

11 Oct 2013

Crime down citywide but up near VCU

Overall crime in Richmond has dropped more than 3 percent this year, but it has increased in certain neighborhoods — especially around VCU’s two campuses.

11 Oct 2013

Compare Richmond’s neighborhood crime statistics

Here is the neighborhood-by-neighborhood crime data used in this report.

08 Oct 2013

Product recalls since 2009

Here is the data used in our report on company-issued recalls. We downloaded the data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website, and then we analyzed it by sorting, filtering and creating pivot tables with Microsoft Excel.