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Finding the Obamas In the 2000 Census

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the magnet-for-your-haystack dept.

Stats 40

An anonymous reader writes "This 'how-to' example of accessing demographic data from the U.S. Census 'American FactFinder' zooms down to the block level in Chicago to (possibly) find the Obama family in the year 2000."

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Obamas: Let us out! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39736897)

Been stuck in here for 12 bloody years!

Re:Obamas: Let us out! (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 2 years ago | (#39737021)

Hmm....I thought rumor had it...that the Obamas could easily be found hanging out at Bill Ayers [wikipedia.org] house in Chicago before the presidency...?

:)

Secret Service better get into their DeLoreans... (5, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#39736909)

...And go back in time to protect the President from time-travelling assassins. But while you're in the past, try not to change anyting. You can ask Obama for tips on that before you leave! *rimshot*

No need to ask for tips (2)

arcite (661011) | more than 2 years ago | (#39737109)

Just buy a copy of baseball scores from the newspaper man. Oh wait...that wouldn't be much use in the future would it?

Re:No need to ask for tips (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39737673)

What I intend to do is look up winning lottery numbers, then tell my past self about them.

For science, you see.

Will my telling myself about future (for my past-self) winning numbers affect the blind forces of random chance to the extent that those numbers will no longer be selected on their date of draw?

This is a question that needs to be answered. Also, the question of what sort of obscene luxury yacht I'm going to buy also needs to be answered.

Re:Secret Service better get into their DeLoreans. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39737411)

But while you're in the past, try not to change anyting.

I don't know, reminding yourself not to buy any hookers might not be a bad idea.

Re:Secret Service better get into their DeLoreans. (1)

BlackSnake112 (912158) | more than 2 years ago | (#39740037)

But while you're in the past, try not to change anyting.

I don't know, reminding yourself not to buy any hookers might not be a bad idea.

You can buy hookers? I thought one just rented them for a while.

Only Provide the Count (1)

cruff (171569) | more than 2 years ago | (#39736947)

Only report the count of the number of people resident, you are not required to provide any other information.

Re:Only Provide the Count (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739189)

That's what all my friends and I did in 2010: only answered the apportionment questions (#1 and #2). We all ended up getting hassled about it. Took about a year before random census people stopped physically coming by to pester us, or escalating the case to their boss who then sends you letters, etc.

Protip: they can and will ask your landlord for info about you.

more up-to-date information below (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39736955)

Barack Hussein Obama II
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20006

hth.

Better lookup Romney too (2)

ThorGod (456163) | more than 2 years ago | (#39737011)

Since it's the season for Presidential runs.

Re:Better lookup Romney too (5, Funny)

LordStormes (1749242) | more than 2 years ago | (#39737045)

It would take a lot longer to look up Romney. You'd have to search all 5 or 6 of his houses.

Re:Better lookup Romney too (2)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 2 years ago | (#39737489)

It would take a lot longer to look up Romney. You'd have to search all 5 or 6 of his houses.

Five or six? You don't know how many houses he has?

That's okay, he's probably not sure either...

Re:Better lookup Romney too (1)

BobNET (119675) | more than 2 years ago | (#39737959)

You don't know how many houses he has?

That's okay, he's probably not sure either...

Yes, but he can assure you that nearly all [wikipedia.org] of them are in the good ol' United States of America!

Re:Better lookup Romney too (1, Troll)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738331)

Yes, but he can assure you that nearly all [wikipedia.org] of them are in the good ol' United States of America!

You can't say the same about his money, though.

The former governor believes the United States is the greatest nation on God's green earth, but apparently his money prefers an island in the Caribbean.

Re:Better lookup Romney too (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738485)

So does Charlie Rangel's, I hear.

Re:Better lookup Romney too (0)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739187)

So does Charlie Rangel's, I hear.

Is Rangel running for the GOP nomination too? I swear, I can't keep track of all these guys. Just wait 'til he finds out he's the wrong shade for that party. He could have just asked Herman Cain.

I say we send both Rangel and Romney to live in the Caymans where their money can keep them warm.

Re:Better lookup Romney too (1)

codepunk (167897) | more than 2 years ago | (#39742827)

His money is much safer on a Caribbean island than in the hands of the GSA

Re:Better lookup Romney too (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#39744461)

His money is much safer on a Caribbean island than in the hands of the GSA

Not just "safer" but without all those fussy disclosure laws about where the money came from, which is probably what's more important in Romney's case.

Re:Better lookup Romney too (1)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738621)

It would take a lot longer to look up Romney. You'd have to search all 5 or 6 of his houses.

Five or six? You don't know how many houses he has?

It flip-flops.

Re:Better lookup Romney too (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739369)

I did a search and it pointed me towards MIT's robotics department for some reason.

decision? (1)

SCDavis (974281) | more than 2 years ago | (#39737077)

I'm sure all you'll find is "present"...

silly editors (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39737123)

The census doesn't cover kenya..

Re:silly editors (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39737155)

...or other foreign nations like Hawaii.

Re:silly editors (2)

Megane (129182) | more than 2 years ago | (#39737495)

But at least it does cover all 57 states.

Re:silly editors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39742891)

Hawaii really is a foreign nation.

Finding Chuck Norris in the 1940 is more Fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39737197)

They did it! And here is how:

https://the1940census.com/chuck-norris-1940-census/

Impossible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39737211)

He lived in Kenya until 2004.

Re:Impossible (1)

Loughla (2531696) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738675)

OR, maybe he still lives there??? Have YOU seen him in person? I sure haven't.
Those dirty Hollywood movie tricksters have probably photoshopped him into every picture and news reel we've seen.

I bet he's hunting lions, or eating turtles, or whatever those people do.

Holy crap (1)

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) | more than 2 years ago | (#39737341)

Meigs Field was turned into a park almost ten years ago and I never even knew.

I took off and landed there hundreds of times in Flight Simulators 4 & 5.

Re:Holy crap (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#39737435)

No way, the flight sim airport isn't there anymore? :-O

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meigs_Field [wikipedia.org]

Aw man this is sad. They should create statues of blocky airplanes and ridiculous custom hypersonic jets that burn through their fuel in 20 seconds (see: early MSFS) as a memorial.

It's all a lie, you fools! (1, Funny)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 2 years ago | (#39737509)

He didn't live there in 2000. I have it on good authority from my buddy Phil who read it on a Fox News forum posting that he was in his birthplace Kenya the whole year conducting socialist, Muslim meetings. It was all staged by the liberal media because they knew he would become President in 2008. After all, if you hear on the Interweb, it must be true. :P

Hm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39737647)

Have I not been paying close enough attention to /. over the years or has the right-leaning bellyache editorial voice always been there, and I'm just now noticing it?

Re:Hm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39744023)

Yeah, it's always been there. And it's the same with theregister. It's only recently though, that "they" have felt that it was safe enough to come out and push their openly racist, repressive, Libertarian agenda.
    Just look at the hornets nest timothy tried to stir up in http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/04/19/192207/expect-mandatory-big-brother-black-boxes-in-all-new-cars-from-2015
    160 years ago, the Slashdot crowd would be pushing the "Let the Free Markets work, and if necessary, let the surplus die off. After all, they're only Irish." mode of thinking. At theregister, they would be pushing a somewhat more Swiftian solution, with recipes.

If query appears to be stalling give it time. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39737939)

I thought my query was not working. Status indicator spun for a few minutes before returning a result. Trying to find average annual income for my zip. Report says there were 9,050 paid employees and the annual payroll was 345,792. So, the average was about 38,000? Seems low for my area, but makes sense if including all paid hourly positions.

At last, we can find out if Obama was born in US (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39738037)

and all the Birthers can STFU.

Re:At last, we can find out if Obama was born in U (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39740243)

LOL! What does where he was born have to do with where he was 12 years ago? You do know he's older than 12 right?
And what if we find out he wasn't born in USA, if that's proven the birthers will go fucking nuts and for good reason! That's high treason for a foreigner to even try to run in our presidential race.

Re:At last, we can find out if Obama was born in U (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39744071)

"That's high treason for a foreigner to even try to run in our presidential race."
    Yeah, that's true, except for those pesky Founding Father presidential types, who had to be grandfathered in. Righties love to pick and choose their facts. Even when those facts aren't actually facts.

Finding People In 2000 (3, Interesting)

guttentag (313541) | more than 2 years ago | (#39740973)

In 2000 I had several coworkers who moved out of their apartments and into their cubicles. They reasoned that they spent so much time there anyway, and got free high speed internet, it didn't make sense to pay for rent, gas, and utilities just to spend 8-10 hours a week in traffic. The company quietly encouraged it too, moving everyone to a building that had shower facilities in the restroom and allowed them to install curtains and inflatable doors on their cubicles.

I wonder if the census counted them as living in our office building, or if it just skipped them entirely. I suspect it skipped them, because the census takers wouldn't have come to our office park and the company wouldn't want documentation that it violated zoning laws. Still it's fun to think that 60 years from now their grandchildren might find them listed as "Mr. H Potter, the sleeping bag under the desk, cubicle 5, row 8, 2nd floor, building 9," etc. Then again, they were engineers whose 20s and 30s were spent reading slashdot and literally living in their cubicles... they probably didn't have kids.

Re:Finding People In 2000 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39744125)

"Then again, they were engineers whose 20s and 30s were spent reading slashdot and literally living in their cubicles... "
    Well, I was in my forties. I didn't have the luxury of a cubicle. I napped on a common couch.
    In 1994, I was wakened in the early morning hours for the long distance call, telling me that my father had died. In 2000, the call was about my mother.

    I not only didn't have kids, I no longer had parents. I spent way too much time working triple shifts, for lousy pay, no overtime, no comp time.
    But as the late, great, Robert Shaw once improvised:
    "Anyway, we delivered the bomb. "

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