Down and Out in Pittsburgh and Las Vegas

A slice of life from a country in crisis.

Jia Zhang of FiveThirtyEight built censusAmericans, a Twitter bot that provides hourly biographies of people across the country. The bot collects information that people provided to the US Census Bureau between 2009 and 2013. Each person’s data is stored in a line of code, which censusAmericans translates into personal details — marriages, jobs, health insurance status, […]

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