Exploring the U.S. Census: Your Guide to America’s Data
By Frank Donnelly
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My researcher’s guide to exploring U.S. census data covers all the main principles, fundamental datasets, and primary tasks for understanding and accessing this vast array of demographic and socio-economic data with examples using publicly available sources (the new data.census.gov, Missouri Census Data Center, Census Reporter, NHGIS) and free and open source software (LibreOffice Calc, the DB Browser for SQLite, QGIS).
The book covers the: decennial census, American Community Survey, Population Estimates Program, County and ZIP Code Business Patterns, Economic Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and the Current Population Survey. Learn about: census geography, subject terms, ACS formulas, NAICS codes, cross walking, normalization, methods for creating derived estimates, and writing about census data.
If you’re interested in seeing examples of what it’s about or exploring the journey I took in creating it, take a look at the posts that I’ve categorized as series – census book.