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Data Day 2012_Bakis_Intro to US Census

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Data Day 2012_Bakis_Intro to US Census

  1. 1. Your Community by the Numbers Accessing the most current and relevant Census data Arthur Bakis, Information Services Specialist U.S Census Bureau Boston Regional Office 617-424-4510 [email_address] [email_address]
  2. 2. www.census.gov
  3. 3. American FactFinder
  4. 4. Nation Zip Code Tabulation Area Metropolitan Areas States Congressional Districts Places Counties County Subdivision Census Tracts Block Groups Blocks Cities and Towns
  5. 5. Census Tract 102.03, Suffolk Cty, MA <ul><li>Census Tracts generally have a population of 1,500 to 8,000 </li></ul><ul><li>(optimum 4,000 ) and follow physical boundaries. </li></ul>
  6. 6. BG 4, Tract 102.03, Suffolk Cty, MA <ul><li>Block Groups generally have a population of 300 to 4,000 </li></ul><ul><li>(optimum 1,500) and follow physical boundaries. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Block 4001, BG 4, Tract 102.03, Suffolk Cty, MA <ul><li>Blocks: the smallest geographic level for which census data is available. No population threshold. Size varies. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Programs <ul><li>Decennial Census </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every 10 years, Counts Residents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>American Community Survey (ACS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual Social, Economic and Housing data </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other Surveys and Censuses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Population Estimates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic Census </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Program (cont.) Decennial Census <ul><li>In 2000, 1 in 6 households received the 53 question, 40 page long form </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Detailed social, economic & housing info </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2010 Census was Short Form Only ! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10 Questions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2010 Questionnaire </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Name - Race - Housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Sex - Ethnicity Tenure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Age - Household </li></ul></ul><ul><li> Relationship </li></ul>
  10. 10. Program (cont.) Decennial Census <ul><li>2000 Census (and prior censuses back to 1940) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two Main Data Files </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Summary File 1 – 100% Data (short form) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total Population, Age, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, HH Relationship, Tenure, Vacancy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Summary File 3 – Sample Data (long form) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education, Language, Foreign Born, Labor Force, Income, Poverty, Industry/Occupation, Disability, Veterans, Housing Value, Year Structure Built, Rooms in Structure, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Program (cont.) Decennial Census <ul><li>2010 Census (and prior censuses back to 1940) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One Main Data File </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Summary File 1 – 100% Data (short form) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total Population, Age, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, HH Relationship, Tenure, Vacancy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>What happened to the data released in Summary File 3?...
  12. 12. Program (cont.) American Community Survey (ACS) - Social and Economic information every year rather than just once a decade - Took the place of the census long form (2005) - At the start of each month, the questionnaire is mailed to a scientifically selected random sample of households in counties throughout the Nation - The Census will continue to conduct a short-form-only Census every 10 years - NOT A COUNT! VIEW TRENDS!
  13. 13. Program (cont.) American Community Survey (ACS) CURRENT DATA AVAILABLE FOR 2010 ! - Data is currently available for most geographic areas - Areas with a population 65,000+ : 1 Year Estimates (data avail. for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) - Areas with a population 20,000+ : 3-Year Estimates (data avail. for 2005-07, 2006-08, 2007-09, 2008-2010) - Areas below 20,000 (incl. census tracts & block groups): 5-year estimates (data avail. for 2005-2009, 2006-2010)
  14. 14. Program (cont.) American Community Survey (ACS) !
  15. 15. Program (cont.) American Community Survey (ACS) ! Since all ACS data are estimates based on a sample, all data items have a Margin of Error

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