Mapping America’s most innovative companies

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Where are the most innovative companies in the U.S. located? For most, the answer seems quite obvious: Silicon Valley.

The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has held the top spot since at least 2000. Several companies made their contributions — AMD, HP, Cisco and Apple, to name a few. In 2015, Google was issued the largest number of patents in Silicon Valley. We took a deeper look at the innovation here in our earlier post.

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Transportation and warehousing: the business of logistics

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Transportation is obviously an important step before a product can be displayed on a supermarket shelf or dispatched from a post office. The process of transportation and warehousing is generally managed by some logistics company. The Asian Pacific region is the largest third-party logistics market, generating more than $280 billion in 2016. The North American third-party logistics market generated approximately $199 billion in the same year.

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Small businesses in the Northeast are more popular along the coast

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

In several previous posts, we focused on finding regional patterns in the employment numbers changes for U.S. regions. Unsurprisingly, the lists are dominated by industries from the larger sectors, such as healthcare and education.

What we would like to do next is to examine the distribution of small businesses in the Northeast, both geographically and among industry sectors. In this series, we focus on the businesses falling into the first two columns of the County Business Profile data: establishments with fewer than 10 employees.

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The famous Golden Arches

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Founded in California, McDonald’s is undeniably the most popular fast food chain in the world. The famous Golden Arches have become a familiar sight in almost every town around the world. This is the largest fast food chain globally, both in terms of revenue and brand value.

According to information published at Statista.com, the revenue of McDonald’s reached more than $28 billion in 2013. In 2014 and 2015, the global revenue of the largest fast food company amounted to $27.44 and $25.41 billion respectively.

McDonald’s spends a huge amount of money on advertising. As we can see on the timeline below, McDonald’s spent approximately $1.24 billion on advertising in the U.S. in 2009. This amount increased to $1.3 billion in 2010. The widely-recognized fast food restaurant invested more than $1.35 billion in 2011, but in 2012 increased its advertising spending even more – $1.42 billion in the U.S. The company’s spending increased to $1.43 billion the next year, but slightly fell back to $1.42 billion in 2014. Two years ago (in 2015), the advertising investment of McDonald’s Corporation in the United States was approximately $1.43 billion.

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Gun crime in Chicago: 2017 report

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

In 2017, Chicago had the most gun violence related incidents among all U.S. cities. Safety is becoming more and more important to the city’s residents, as well as anyone looking to move to the city.

Just look at the raw numbers: There were 2,547 shootings with at least one victim (excluding accidental ones). In total, 539 people were killed and 2,626 were injured. The most shootings (291) happened in July, while the fewest happened in March (144).

Chicago gun crime by month

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The return of the vinyl: a period of constant growth in sales

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

In recent years, vinyl album sales in the United Sales began rapidly growing. In 2011, 3.9 million vinyl LPs were sold in the United States — in 2012, the number grew to 4.6 million vinyl LPs. In 2013 and 2014, the numbers of albums sold on vinyl amounted to 6.1 million and 9.2 million respectively. In 2015, the number rose to 11.9 million vinyl LPs and reached its peak of 13.1 million vinyl albums last year.

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