On the Road to the 2010 Census by 9Jb4QZHN

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									Accessing Census Data
 through the American
      FactFinder
             Arthur Bakis
    Information Services Specialist
    Boston Regional Census Center
          US Census Bureau
            617-223-3610
      arthur.j.bakis@census.gov
     Importance of the Census
• Congressionally mandated by Article 1,
  Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution
  – First Census was in 1790

• Why do we conduct the Census?
  – Congressional Apportionment
  – Redistricting
  – Data is used to allocate billions of dollars
    in federal funds
           Short Form Only!
• In 2000, 1 in 6 households received the 53
question, 40 page long form
  • Detailed social, economic & housing info

• 2010 Census is Short Form Only!
  • 7 Questions

• 2010 Questionnaire
  - Name          - Race            - Housing
  - Sex           - Ethnicity         Tenure
  - Age           - Household
                    Relationship
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Massachusetts Early Local Census
   Offices Opening Fall 2008!
   Boston, New Bedford and Worcester




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Five Important Factors Funders
      Consider Important

1. Project Purpose
2. Applicant Accountability
3. Competence
4. Feasibility
5. Community Need for Project



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    Foundation of a Good Grant
           Proposal…

  GOOD CENSUS DATA
• Prove your need!
• Show Comparisons
  • Over time
  • To other geographic areas



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   % of Families with Income below
           Poverty Level
                2007 American Community Survey

                   Massachusetts   Middlesex
United States                       County       Lowell



  9.5                 7.3           4.6
                    (+/- 0.4)
                                               16.0
(+/- 0.1)                          (+/- 0.6)   (+/- 5.0)

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 % of Population that Speak Language
      other than English at Home
            2007 American Community Survey


                Massachusetts   Middlesex
United States                    County      Lowell



  8.7              8.6           8.3 20.5
                  (+/- 0.3)
(+/- 0.1)                       (+/- 0.5)   (+/- 2.9)

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   CENSUS 101

KNOW YOUR
GEOGRAPHY!
KNOW THE DATA YOU
WANT!

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                             Nation

The                                       Metropolitan Areas
Geography                   Regions


                           Divisions


                             States
Congressional Districts
                                          Places
                            Counties


 County Subdivision
                          Census Tracts



                          Block Groups



                             Blocks
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Census Tract 3110, Middlesex Cty, MA




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Block Group 3, Census Tract 3110,
       Middlesex Cty, MA




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Block 3003, BG 3, Census Tract 3110,
         Middlesex Cty, MA




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           The Data

Summary File 1
    Summary File 2


Summary File 3
    Summary File 4




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         SF 1 (100% Data)

 Household Relationship
 Sex
 Age
 Hispanic or Latino Origin
 Race
 Tenure (own/rent)
 Vacancy characteristics


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                 SF 3 (Sample Data)
 Population                              Housing
         - Marital Status                        -Value of home or monthly rent
         -Place of birth, citizenship,           paid
         entry year                              -Units in structure
         -School Enrollment/Ed.
                                                 -Year structure built
         Attainment
         -Ancestry
                                                 -Number of rooms and number
         -Migration                              of bedrooms
         -Language spoken                        -Year moved into residence
         -Veteran status                         -Plumbing and kitchen facilities
         -Disability                             -Telephone service
         -Grandparents as caregivers             -Vehicles available
         -Labor force status                     -Heating fuel
         -Place of work, journey to
                                                 -Farm residence
         work
         -Occupation, industry,
                                                 -Utilities, mortgage, taxes,
         class of worker                         Insurance and fuel costs
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         -Work status in 1999
         -Income in 1999
         -Poverty status
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  American Community Survey
 Social and Economic information every year rather
  than just once a decade

 Will take the place of the census long form

 At the start of each month, the questionnaire is
 mailed to a scientifically selected sample of
 households in counties throughout the Nation.

 The Census will continue to conduct a short form –
 only Census every ten years

 NOT A COUNT! VIEW TRENDS!
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    American Community Survey
    CURRENT DATA AVAILABLE FOR 2007!!

 Data is currently available for areas with a population of
20,000 or more.
       - 2006 – areas with a population 65,000+
                    - One Year Estimates

       - 2008 – areas with a population 20,000+
                    - 3 Year Estimates

      - 2010 – all other areas (incl. census tracts and BG)
                    - 5 Year Estimates



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AMERICAN FACTFINDER




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   American FactFinder (cont.)
  Consistency! Consistency! Consistency!

• No matter what survey, census, year or
data you want – the process remains the
same.
   • Choose your survey
   • Choose your data file/year
   • Choose type of table you want
   • Choose your geography
   • Choose your table



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       American FactFinder (cont.)
                       Types of Tables
• Quick Tables (Data Profiles) - Predefined tables for one
  geographic area. Simplest to access, least detailed.
• Geographic Comparison Tables – Tables containing small
  amount of information for a group of related areas
• Detailed Tables – Tables that provide the most detailed data on
  all topics and geo areas. Allows for choosing of multiple tables
  and multiple geos. All other tables are sourced from these
  tables.
• Selected Population Profiles – Predefined tables that allow
  detailed race groups and Ancestries to be cross referenced.
• Ranking Tables – Tables that are ranked by state only.
• Reference Maps – Allows viewing of geographic boundaries
• Thematic Maps - Provides visual data for geographic on color
  coded maps
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                        Exercises
1.   Access basic profiles for Lowell.
2.   Poverty stats for United States, Massachusetts, Middlesex
     Cty and Lowell.
                a) Add Framingham and Cambridge
3.   Language spoken at home stats for United States,
     Massachusetts, Middlesex and Arlington.
4.    Find the Median Income tables for all available cities and
     towns in Massachusetts.
                a) Download Table
                c) Rank Table

5.    Find Tenure stats for the White, Black or African American
     and Asian populations.
                a) Add Hispanic Median Income table
6.   Find Foreign Born stats for the Census Tract we are in (Tract
     3110, Middlesex Cty)
7.    Find Detailed Race/Ethnic group stats.
8.    Find the Census tract an address is located in.

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