Anyone who uses U.S. Census data needs to be aware that big changes have occurred in the way the Census distributes information. This is timely: the new platform is up and running prior to the input of the decennial U.S. Census.
American Fact Finder, the primary statistics and information search engine for the US Census, is being retired after 20 years. It will remain as an archive until March 31, 2020, when data.census.gov takes over that function. This site centralizes data access to allow for a more rapid response to customers.
In addition, Census has created quick tutorials and webinars, called Data Gems, to not only introduce this new platform, but show how to use it for a variety of applications:
- How to Visualize Data for Your Area
- How to Customize and Download Tables
- How to Navigate data.census.gov
- Making Sense of Census Terminology
- How to Access Data for My Congressional District
….and so much more!
This site is still a work in progress and seeking customer feedback. They are developing new functionalities in searching and printing options based on this information.
Data.census.gov offers a wealth of information that can be used for supporting grant proposals, municipal development planning, planning for library services, or any presentation which needs demographic or economic data. Check it out soon!