If you’re looking for some data to play with, FiveThirtyEight just made it easier to download their data and code. They’ve been on GitHub, I think from the beginning, but this data page is even more straightforward and to the point.
FiveThirtyEight datasets available for download
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Income in Each State, Adjusted for Cost of Living
A dollar might not buy you as much in one state as it does in the other.
Seeing How Much We Ate Over the Years
How long will chicken reign supreme? Who wins between lemon and lime? Is nonfat ice cream really ice cream? Does grapefruit ever make a comeback? Find out in these charts.