Comparing California to other states has become a common exercise among politicians, academicians and in the media. So how does California really shape up? Next 10, an organization dedicated to looking into California's future, commissioned David Neumark and Jennifer Muz of the University of California, Irvine, to produce a voluminous study of California's economy vis-à-vis other states.
This week, Next 10, a San-Francisco based non-profit, launched a website called Compare50.org for researching economic data on California and other states. Users can track such topics as wage growth, gross state product (GSP), venture capital funding, patents, layoffs, exports, income distribution, weekly hours, housing, education levels and other demographic data.
The gap in income between rich and poor people and blacks and whites has grown in California over the last 20 years, according to a report from nonprofit Next 10 in San Francisco. Although poverty rates have increased in most states during the Great Recession of 2008 to 2011, the increase in the Golden State is among the highest.
We've heard all about the benefits of big data and the promise of being able to pull together data from disparate, far-flung sources into a single interface from which users can quickly and easily slice, dice, and combine any which way to yield useful, digestible information. Plenty of IT professionals and power users are already reaping the advantages of big data at their respective organizations, but for the average end-user, truly appreciating big data's promise and beauty may be difficult.
San Francisco January 24, 2013 - Curious about job growth in your state? GSP? How incomes in your state compare to those in other states? A new first of its kind website tracks each of these key economic indicators, and more, allowing users to track and compare dozens of economic trends over time in all 50 states.