B8 utilize data to advocate tim parker- usda ers

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One’s position is only as strong as the information one uses to support it, no matter how worthwhile the endeavor. Making the case for housing assistance in rural America is no different. Understanding and presenting housing data effectively is a key element of advocating for families, seniors, and veterans in need. The ability to access and use data, such as the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, is a powerful tool. This workshop will help familiarize participants with accessing data and will present ways data can be used to most effectively advocate for rural housing needs.

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B8 utilize data to advocate tim parker- usda ers

  1. 1. ERS County Classifications and the Atlas of Rural and Small Town America Timothy S. Parker USDA, Economic Research Service 2012 National Rural Housing Conference December 6-7, 2012
  2. 2. Economic Research Service, USDAThe Economic Research Service (ERS) is the main source of economicinformation and research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The missionof ERS is to inform and enhance public and private decision-making on economicand policy issues related to agriculture, food, farming, natural resources, andrural development. To accomplish this mission, highly trained economists andsocial scientists develop and distribute a broad range of economic and othersocial science information and analysis.Three Research Divisions:• Food Economics• Market and Trade Economics• Resource and Rural Economics
  3. 3. ERS County-level Classifications • Rural-urban Continuum Codes • Urban Influence Codes • Typology Codes • Economic Types • Policy Types • Natural Amenities Scale
  4. 4. 2003 Rural-Urban Continuum CodesMetro Number of Descriptioncounties: Counties 1 413 Counties in metro areas of 1 million population or more 2 325 Counties in metro areas of 250,000 to 1 million population 3 351 Counties in metro areas of fewer than 250,000 populationNonmetro counties: 4 218 Urban population of 20,000 or more, adjacent to a metro area 5 105 Urban population of 20,000 or more, not adjacent to a metro area 6 609 Urban population of 2,500 to 19,999, adjacent to a metro area 7 450 Urban population of 2,500 to 19,999, not adjacent to a metro area Completely rural or less than 2,500 urban population, adjacent to a 8 235 metro area Completely rural or less than 2,500 urban population, not adjacent 9 435 to a metro area
  5. 5. Rural-urban Continuum Codes, 2003
  6. 6. 2003 Urban Influence CodesCode DescriptionMetropolitan counties: 1 In large metro area of 1+ million residents 2 In small metro area of less than 1 million residentsNonmetropolitan counties: 3 Micropolitan area adjacent to large metro area 4 Noncore adjacent to large metro area 5 Micropolitan area adjacent to small metro area 6 Noncore adjacent to small metro area and contains a town of at least 2,500 residents 7 Noncore adjacent to small metro area and does not contain a town of at least 2,500 residents 8 Micropolitan area not adjacent to a metro area 9 Noncore adjacent to micro area and contains a town of at least 2,500 residents 10 Noncore adjacent to micro area and does not contain a town of at least 2,500 residents 11 Noncore not adjacent to metro or micro area and contains a town of at least 2,500 residents Noncore not adjacent to metro or micro area and does not contain a town of at least 2,500 12 residents
  7. 7. Urban Influence Codes, 2003
  8. 8. ERS County Typology Codes Economic Types, 2004
  9. 9. Policy TypesPersistent Poverty Counties, 1970-2000
  10. 10. Persistent Child Poverty Counties, 1970-2000
  11. 11. Low Employment Counties, 2000
  12. 12. Low Education Counties, 2000
  13. 13. Housing Stress Counties, 2000
  14. 14. Population Loss Counties, 1980-1990 and 1990-2000
  15. 15. Retirement Destination Counties, 2000
  16. 16. Natural amenities Scale
  17. 17. Atlas of Rural and Small-Town AmericaThe Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America assembles statistics on fourbroad categories of socioeconomic factors:• People• Jobs• Agriculture• County classificationsWhat can users do with the Atlas?• View county-level maps for over 60 socioeconomic indicators• View the entire country or zoom into specific regions, States, or county areas• View a selected socioeconomic indicator just for counties of a certain type• Print a version of the map or save the image in a graphics-file format that may be added to documents or presentations• Download a spreadsheet containing all the data for a selected county or for all U.S. counties
  18. 18. Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America
  19. 19. For more InformationAtlas of Rural and Small-Town America:http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/atlas-of-rural-and-small-town-america.aspxERS County-level Classifications:http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/rural-economy-population.aspxCensus Bureau’s American Fact Finder:http://factfinder2.census.govTim Parkertparker@ers.usda.gov

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