The U.S. Census Bureau officially released its 2007 American Community Survey today, and it contains a wealth of information about states and cities with more than 65,000 people.
The Census Bureau will release similar information in December for places with populations of more than 20,000. In the meantime, here’s some Oklahoma highlights:
— Oklahoma’s immigrant population (both legal and illegal, since the Census doesn’t make the distinction) grew by 3.5 percent from 2006 to 2007, according to the survey. The agency estimated there were 182,186 immigrants in Oklahoma last year, up from 175,987 in 2006. The state’s population is more than 3.6 million.
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— More than 16 percent of Oklahomans moved to another house inside the state in 2007. That put
— On average,
The FBI released its 2007 Uniform Crime Report today. Overall, it showed violent crime down and property crime decreasing for the fifth-straight year.
The full 2007 Crime in the United States offers some interesting facts on crime rates, clearance rates and information about police officers.
Keep an eye on developments tonight at the meeting of the Oklahoma City School Board.
It’s interesting to note that this is one of the first actions of new Chairman Kirk Humphreys, who has been widely praised for stepping in after the tumultuous, short-lived tenure of John Q. Porter.**
But it raises some alarm bells for advocates of open meetings and open records. It also comes after the city council in Bartlesville decided not to air the public comments section of council meetings on local cable TV. Are we seeing a pattern here?
Tonight’s OKC school board meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at the school district’s administration building at 900 N Klein.
**Clarification at 3 p.m.: Porter was the former superintendent; he has been replaced by Karl Springer. Humphreys replaced former board Chairman Cliff Hudson, who agreed to step down if Porter resigned.
Following on from yesterday’s post, here’s the latest tag cloud comparing the acceptance speeches of Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama. For what some commentators are calling a “change” election, both men used the word “change” pretty freqently. You can view the full tag cloud here.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP’s vice presidential candidate, gave a rousing speech last night to Republican delegates in St. Paul, Minn. Her performance came a week after Sen. Joe Biden’s speech to Democrats in Denver.
By now, both of the VP candidates’ words have been absorbed, analyzed and commented on by countless pundits and commentators. But take a look below at just how many similar words each used in their speech:
Palin’s words are in blue, while Biden’s are in that reddish-brown color. The bigger the word, the more times it appeared in each speech.