Visualizing family modernization, 1900-2016

After this post about small multiple graphs, and partly inspired by two news reports I was interviewed for -- this Salt Lake Tribune story about teen marriage, and this New York Times report mapping age at first birth -- I made some historical data figures. These visualizations use decennial census data from 1900 to 1990,…

Why Don’t Parents Name Their Daughters Mary Anymore?

Originally published on TheAtlantic.com. Understanding the rapid decline of what was once America's most popular name Each year I mark the continued calamitous decline of Mary as a girls' name in the United States. Not to be over-dramatic, but in the recorded history of names, nothing this catastrophic has ever happened before. Mary was the most common…