Database: Iowa Lottery Proceeds By Zipcode

The data behind the IowaWatch story “Highest Iowa Lottery Ticket Sales In Lower Income Neighborhoods,” examines lottery proceed numbers at the zip code level, comparing sales with median household income and the racial and ethnic composition of that zip code.

Iowa Suicide Data In Charts, Graphics

Suicide prevention is getting attention in Iowa from several approaches. For example, the Legislature in 2014 directed the Iowa Department of Public Health and Department of Education to collaborate on advancing suicide prevention efforts. But some health care professionals worry that elderly suicide prevention does not get enough attention. The following graphics and charts, compiled at the end of 2014, provide illustrations and raw data for those interested in delving more into this public matter. Read an IowaWatch story that digs into this matter here.

Iowa’s Texting-While-Driving Ban Not Reducing Crashes, Hard To Enforce

Iowa’s law banning texting while driving is failing to reduce road crashes, and officers seldom enforce it because of legal restrictions, an IowaWatch investigation shows. Crash history reports from the Iowa Department of Transportation show that since the Iowa Legislature enacted it in July 2011, the law has not decreased cell-phone related crashes.

Raw Data: April 2014 Survey About College Debt, Job Prospects

IowaWatch survey of students at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa about college debt and concerns about getting a job after graduation. Scroll down the document to see the raw data. The overall survey’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. Margins of error increase for questions that fewer than 671 participants answered. RETURN TO MAIN STORY