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The Oregonian has collected some high-level data points for census tracts in the Portland metro area and used them to create an interactive searchable map of Portland. Census tracts boundaries are drawn to create areas with a population generally between 1,200 and 8,000, with a target of 4,000.
- Who lives in your Portland neighborhood? New census data show some answers (searchable map). Interactive by Mark Friesen/The Oregonian, Article By Elliot Njus. OREGONLIVE (December 04, 2014). Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-13 American Community Survey.
The U.S. Census Bureau today released a beta version of its new census.gov website. With a new look and topic-based navigation, the redesigned site is intended to provide easier access to statistics on America’s people, places and economy.
Here’s a reminder that we all have to be constantly diligent to make sure govt information continues to be freely available for the long term!
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the latest census data for free under a Creative Commons license but appears to be steering people towards a $250 mailed out DVD rather than making it easy to download the information directly over the internet.
Census Bureau to Offer American Community Survey Internet Response, press release (MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2012)
The American Community Survey, the most detailed portrait of America’s towns and neighborhoods, is now more convenient for most participants with the added availability of responding online. That will make it the 61st U.S. Census Bureau survey with Internet response…
Households selected to participate in the American Community Survey will receive a letter in the mail with instructions about how to log in to the secure website and complete the survey online… If households selected to participate in the survey do not use the online response option, the Census Bureau will send them a paper questionnaire, or contact them by phone or in person to obtain answers.
- Developing an Internet Response Mode for the American Community Survey, by Mary C. Davis, Jennifer Guarino Tancreto, and Mary Frances Zelenak, Decennial Statistical Studies Division U.S. Census Bureau, FedCASIC (March 23, 2011).
- Design of the American Community Survey Internet?Instrument: Final Report, by Jennifer Guarino Tancreto, Mary Davis, Mary Frances Zelenak. American Community Survey Research and Evaluation Program (April 18, 2012)
The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) has a report on the House bill that would cut NSF funding for political science and eliminate the American Community Survey:
- House Passes CJS Spending Bill: Amendments Eliminate NSF Political Science Program and American Community Survey, Washington Update Volume 31, Issue 9, COSSA (May 14, 2012).