This Week in Data: Hazardous Chemicals, Modern Art, and Veterinarians


This week, we're looking at American deaths abroad, the collection at MoMA, and veterinarians in Connecticut.

Healthcare exchanges. In a recent blog post, we talked about how Aetna and other insurance companies will be exiting Obamacare's health exchanges in 2017, and what that could mean for Americans in over 400 counties across the country. Here's one dataset we used for our analysis: data on the health and dental plans available through state marketplaces, arranged by service areas. With UnitedHealth Group, Humana, and Aetna all leaving the marketplaces next year, many areas in the U.S. will be left with extremely limited options for health insurance.

Fuel to the fire. From the National Fire Incident Reporting System, this is a table of the hazardous material chemicals that were involved in reported fires in 2013: the name of the chemical, whether it was a solid or a gas, the type of container it was in, and more about each incident. The most common hazardous chemicals involved in the fires from that year were natural gas, gasoline, and ethylene glycol antifreeze.

State of the art. Here's a list of every work at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), complete with artists' names, each piece's date of acquisition, and other artwork metadata. With this table, it's easy to see how many of the artworks at MoMA were created by male artists (spoiler: a very large percentage) and what nationality these artists tend to be (American, overwhelmingly).

Animal doctors. With a population of 128,278, Stamford is the third-largest city in Connecticut. But it ranks first in terms of how many licensed veterinarians operate there. This is a table of Connecticut's veterinarians, and it includes each vet's name, address, and license expiry date. Why does Stamford have nearly three times as many veterinarians as New Haven?

Overseas deaths. From the U.S. State Department, a dataset of over ten years' worth of citizen deaths overseas, including the date of the incident, the city and country where it took place, and the cause of death. Between 2002 and 2013, common causes of death included suicide, homicide, car accidents, drowning, and terrorism.