Sample data about the Voting Rights Act
originally created 6/14 by Rachel Shorey for Code for Progress. Note that this data is intended for learning SQL, not for learning about or evaluating the content within. The data was (not very carefully) copied from wikipedia and was not checked.
Getting started (the easiest way):
go to sqlfiddle.com
make sure it's set as MySQL
copy the contents of sqlfiddle_schema.sql into the build schema text area
click "build schema"
click the browser button to see what's there and confirm the tables loaded (there should be 4)
use the query window to play!
Sample questions for data exploration included. Answers not included because I have a hard time not cheating when answers are available. Contact me if you want them.
states: 51, incl district of columbia, note that race percents may or may not add to 100
|pct_non_hisp_white||pct white (non-hispanic)||decimal(4,2)|
|pct_na||pct native american/alaskan||decimal(4,2)|
|pct_hpi||pct hawaiian pacific islander||decimal(4,2)|
|pct_mixed||pct mixed race||decimal(4,2)|
|region||north, south, midwest, west*||varchar(1)|
*as defined by wikipedia, IT IS NOT MY FAULT THAT THEY THINK DC IS IN THE SOUTH
cities: largest 50 cities in the US as defined by wikipedia
|2013pop||population in 2013||bigint(20)|
|area_sq_miles||city's land area in mi^2||decimal(8,2)|
|state_id||foreign key to state table||int(11)|
sections: sections of the voting rights act that can apply to various states. note that in some cases a section applies to the whole state, while in others it applies to parts of the state. for the purpose of this exercise, I assumed that the state was covered if any part of it was
|section||name of the VRA section||varchar(5)|
|description||text explaining what it does||varchar(140)|
|status||pithy remarks about supreme court||varchar(140)|
sections_states: join table between sections and states
|section_id||foreign key into sections||varchar(11)|
|state_id||foreign key into states||varchar(11)|