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Iraqi Civilian Deaths
The number of civilian deaths in Iraq has varied significantly, from year to year and month to month, as the methods and circumstances of the war have changed. This story seeks to give context to data compiled by the Iraq Body Count project.
Memorial Day and America's Veterans
Explore data on those who have served in America's Armed Forces, from the American Community Survey and the Department of Defense.
The FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) gather statistics on hate crimes from local law enforcement agencies throughout the country. This article explores the UCR data on hate crimes for the six most recent years available.
State Taxes and Spending
Taxes and spending aren't just a matter of how red or blue a state is. Other factors, like population density and the economic prevalence of oil and gas, explain patterns in the data as well.
Refugees in America: Their Origins and Destinations
The number of refugees worldwide stands at historic highs. This story explores the most recent available data from the Office of Refugee Settlement, covering the fiscal years 2012 through 2015.
Shifting States of America
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show how state populations shifted between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016. This story takes a closer look at the data.
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