- Getting Started
The Census is a big subject and there's a lot to learn, but you don't have to learn it all at once. Here's some help knowing the lay of the land.
- About the Census
A brief overview of the many data products produced by the Census Bureau, most of which are not available through Census Reporter.
- Age and Sex
How the Census approaches the topics of age and sex.
Tables concerning Children. Helpful to consider in relation to Families.
Commute data from the American Community Survey.
While the ACS is not always the best source for employment data, it provides interesting information for small geographies that other sources don’t cover.
Families are an important topic in the ACS and a key framework for considering many kinds of data.
Geography is fundamental to the Census Bureau's process of tabulating data. Here are the key concepts you need to understand.
- Health Insurance
The ACS has a number of questions that deal with health insurance and many corresponding tables.
In addition to questions about people, Census collects extensive data about housing, including costs and physical characteristics of homes.
How the Census approaches the topic of income.
How the Census deals with migration data.
Poverty data and how it is used within the ACS.
- Public Assistance
Public assistance data from the ACS.
- Race and Hispanic Origin
Race is a complex issue, and no less so with Census data. A large proportion of Census tables are broken down by race.
- Same-Sex Couples
Although Census does not ask about them directly, there are a number of ways to get at data about same-sex couples using ACS data.
In addition to basic Census data about age, there are a small number of Census tables which focus directly on data about older Americans, and on grandparents as caregivers.
- Table Codes
While Census Reporter hopes to save you from the details, you may be interested to understand some of the rationale behind American Community Survey table identifiers.
- Veterans and Military
Data collected about past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces.