Moon Phase or Temperature

Influence on Daily Calls for Police Service

Moon Phase or Temperature
There is a widely held belief that police are busier during a full moon. Why do people believe this? Perhaps the gravitational forces of the full moon cause cyclic fluid shifts between body compartments and thereby trigger emotional disturbances leading to more aggressive and erratic behaviors.1 Or perhaps there is a scintilla of truth to the mythology of the ancient Greeks and Romans and humans actually turn into wolves during the full moon…. [Read More]
Police 

Motorist Assists

January 2021 - July 2023

Motorist Assists
Since 2017 the Covington Police Department has responded to an average of 54,241 service calls each year (as of July, 2023). A small part of the service that the Covington Police provide is to respond when a person is in need of assistance in a motor vehicle–for example, if they are out of gas, stranded on the interstate, have a flat tire, or need a wrecker, etc. From January 2021 to July 2023, the Covington Police responded to 2,887 calls for assistance by a motorist within the City of Covington. [Read More]
Police 

Where Do Covington Workers Live?

Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Data

Where Do Covington Workers Live?
In a previous post we briefly looked at where Covington residents work within the Cincinnati-Wilmington-Maysville Combined Statistical Area (CSA) using the most recent LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES) dataset for the year 2020. The dataset links home and work locations at the census block-level, making it easy to answer questions about where people work and where workers live. In this post, we look briefly at where people working in Covington live within the Cincinnati-Wilmington-Maysville CSA. [Read More]

Where Do Covington Residents Work?

Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Data

Where Do Covington Residents Work?
The Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program is part of the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau. The LEHD program produces cost effective, public-use information combining federal, state and Census Bureau data on employers and employees under the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership. State and local authorities increasingly need detailed local information about their economies to make informed decisions. The LED Partnership works to fill critical data gaps and provide indicators needed by state and local authorities. [Read More]

CovConnect Data Trends

Dec. 2020 - March 2023

CovConnect Data Trends
Covington Connect is an aggressive effort to smash the digital divide in Covington by expanding access to free public Wi-Fi throughout much of the City. In a previous post, we outlined the purpose, partners, and phases of the Covington Connect project. This post briefly looks at the data trends of Wi-Fi users, specifically how much data has been downloaded and uploaded by student and non-student users since December 2020. [Read More]

U.S. Recessions and Covington

Covington Unemployment Rate: 1990-2022

U.S. Recessions and Covington
There have been four economic recessions in the United States since the early 1990s. A recession is a significant, widespread, and prolonged downturn in economic activity, and is typically identified by two consecutive quarters of negative gross domestic product (GDP) growth.1 One of the most noticeable effects of a recession is a rise in unemployment, which usually peaks long after the recession has begun and can last well into recovery. [Read More]

Special Event Permits

Approved Events, 2022

Special Event Permits
Any event (i.e. festival, concert, run/walk, art show, etc.) that uses, or will likely have a large impact on public or City-owned property, such as streets or parks, requires a Special Event Permit Application. This is information that the City of Covington requires to ensure that everything goes smoothly and safely with the event. Some events, naturally, last longer than others. What kind of world would this be if we only have one day to enjoy the Rockin Taco Fest? [Read More]

Current Revenues and Expenses

Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, 2004-2021

Current Revenues and Expenses
Each year, the City of Covington is required by State law to publish an Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) in cooperation with an independent firm of licensed certified public accounts. The ACFR is intended to provide informative and relevant financial data to the residents of the City, the City Commission, investors, creditors and any other interested reader. It includes all statements and disclosures necessary for the reader to obtain a thorough understanding of the City’s financial activities. [Read More]

Solar Panel Installations

As of October, 2022

Solar Panel Installations
The Planning and Development Services of Kenton County (PDS) provides the City of Covington with data containing details on every building permit issued in Covington, including the type of work planned for a property and how much the work is expected to cost. Figure 1 shows that the installation of solar panels is a particular property enhancement that has become increasingly popular in recent years. In the last two years alone, interest in solar panels has jumped considerably, with owners of 74 properties in Covington completing the necessary paperwork to have solar panels installed—work valued at an estimated $1. [Read More]

City Website Traffic

Returning Visits on Mobile Device

City Website Traffic
The website for the City of Covington is visited by people from all over the United States, and world. With the help of Google Analytics, the City is able to monitor all of the website pages and gain insights into visitor activity, such as the number of visitors, most viewed pages, device types, and much more. In Figure 1, for example, we can see where returning visits to the City of Covington website on a mobile device originated by state and city in the last 100 days. [Read More]