Dealing with the 2020 Census

A tremendous effort in the analytics world is devoted to the task of data preparation and cleansing. Data exchanges refer to ‘curated’ data, which suggests that the suppliers of that data have gone to the trouble of estimating missing fields, reigning in outliers, and...

Optimizing Online Ads with Data

  In the years since “big data” became a term, the scope of what data can do to enhance your business has changed and evolved. If you own a business, you likely are paying for some kind of online advertising. Google Ads, social media advertising, and any other...

Personal Reflections on the Geo-Spatial World

I started my undergraduate degree in geography in the late 1970’s, but lest you think I roamed free with the dinosaurs, I admit to being slightly underage for a college freshman and most species were likely already extinct. It was an exciting time in geography as the...

The Decline of Manufacturing

It is common knowledge that over the past few decades, the American economy has shifted away from manufacturing as we move towards being a service and information economy.  At its peak in 1979, manufacturing employed over 19 million workers, which was over 22% of...

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September 2022 Round-up

At the end of each month, the AGS team looks back at articles and blog posts that we saw this month that stood out to us. Some are from news agencies, and many come from our partners, but not all use our data. Here is the round-up from September 2022. Sites USA...

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Security Risks and Corporate Liability

Just the other day over our regular Friday morning coffee, a friend of mine told me that he and his wife returned from a vacation to find their vehicle had been relieved of its catalytic convertor. The extraction surgery was not without complications, and the car was...

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CrimeRisk: Mission Critical Data

One of the first AGS products to step outside the realm of demographics was our CrimeRisk database, which over two decades has evolved to become one of the key components of our overall strategy to become the premier provider of mission critical attribute data to the...

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Kansas City

Once a critical point in westward expansion, and the convergence of three major trails—the Santa Fe, California and Oregon—Kansas City is the 31st largest metropolitan area in the country. The metropolitan area sits directly on the state line between Kansas and...

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St. Louis

Home to nearly 3 million people and the 21st largest metropolitan area in the country, St. Louis gained in population in the late 19th century, benefiting from the industrial revolution on the edge of the rust belt. It was then that major corporations including...

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