Using census data


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My training on the basics of using Census data. Enjoy!

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Using census data

  1. 1.  Introductions Goals of the training Warm-up exercise The census universe What to know before you start Introduction to the American Fact Finder Hands-on Exercises Wrap upUsing Census Data
  2. 2.  The name of your organization Past experience with Census data What do you want to use Census data for?Using Census Data
  3. 3.  At the end of the training you should be able to: › Understand what ‘Census’ data includes › What you can do (what you can’t) with Census data › Understand where to find the data you need › Do some quick and easy analyses using Census dataUsing Census Data
  4. 4.  Questions to answer: › Has Brooklyn seen an influx or outflow of residents as compared to NYS? › Is NYS more or less likely than Brooklyn to need ESL services? Based on what data? › What is the poverty level of Brooklyn? Is it higher or lower than of NYS? › What other interesting patterns do you see?Using Census Data
  5. 5.  The Census: Not just the Census Includes many surveys and datasets Each survey covers different topics The dataset you use is dependent on the topic you want to studyUsing Census Data
  6. 6.  The Decennial Census › The ‘Original’ census › Administered once every ten years › Surveys mailed Plus household visits from Census staff › 2010 census only included the short form › The data is used for:  Apportionment and Redistricting  Distribution of Federal funds  Emergency managementUsing Census Data
  7. 7.  The American Community Survey (ACS) › Large continuous survey › Samples 3.54 million residents per year › Covers social and economic characteristics › Provides estimates based on statistically significant samples › Estimates done for very small geographic areasUsing Census Data
  8. 8.  The Current Population Survey (CPS) › Monthly survey of 50,000 households › Done through interviews and supplemental surveys › Focus on economic and employment- related information › Provides the official statistics on unemploymentUsing Census Data
  9. 9.  Survey of Income and Program Participation › Longitudinal survey of households lasting 2.5 to 4 years, 3 interviews a year › Sample of 37,000 households › Covers work, income, assets, programs and health insuranceUsing Census Data
  10. 10.  Statistics about governments › Provides information about state and local governments › Covers finance, employment, retirement and organization data › Statistics on federal spendingUsing Census Data
  11. 11.  Economic Census and surveys › Economic Census every 5 years › Supplemented by annual, quarterly and monthly surveys › Covers the private sector › Data available for each localities and industry codes (NAICS)Using Census Data
  12. 12.  Legal/Administrative › States › Counties › Minor civil divisions › Congressional districts › School districts › Incorporated places Statistical › Census Tracts › Metropolitan/Micropolitan statistical areas › Census county subdivisions › Urban areas › Census designated placesUsing Census Data
  13. 13. Using Census Data
  14. 14.  Not ‘who’ but ‘how many’ Not all data is available for every locality The smaller your locality the more likely data will be blank (surpressed) The newer your data the more likely data will be blank (not available yet) Try to work across larger data sets (across more years) as much as you canUsing Census Data
  15. 15.  Quick Status ( American Fact Finder ( /jsf/pages/index.xhtml Data Reports Interactive data tools Data downloads through PUMSUsing Census Data
  16. 16.  Do a fact sheet for the five NYC countiesUsing Census Data
  17. 17.  One Stop shopping for all census data (with few exceptions) Interactive tool for generating reports and downloading data Unless you are doing extensive research, all you will need is hereUsing Census Data
  18. 18.  Using the American Fact finder to do a comparative analysis of the foreign born population in the five NYC countiesUsing Census Data
  19. 19.  Using the American Fact finder to determine where in Brooklyn would an ESL program make the most sense? › Note: use the Name tab, select Zip and then search for Kings county, NYUsing Census Data