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Your Community By the Numbers: Accessing Census Data About Your Community

Friday, February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Register for this 90-minute webinar.

The Census Bureau can help you learn how to research free public data, ask the right questions, and get up-to-date numbers. The California State Library is partnering with them to offer a workshop to help literacy programs learn their local demographics (helpful for ESL applications, in particular!) and find out more about new data tools. Although this is a general workshop, the instructor will use examples and queries that are directly relevant for adult literacy programs.

The workshop will provide an overview of Census Data products, American Community Survey, and census geography. Participants will be guided through the resources of Census.gov, and navigation of the Census Bureau’s newest data extraction tool data.census.gov.

  1. Introduction to the Census Bureau, programs, and services
  2. Decennial Census Data
  3. Understanding the American Community Survey
  4. Review of Census Geography
  5. Census Data Tools: Quick Facts, Narrative profiles
  6. Online Demo

The presenter will:

  • Demonstrate Simple Search for a single geography and topical search.
  • Demonstrate Advanced Search and demo data.census.gov mapping tool
  • Pull up Data Profiles (DP02,DP03,DP05) from the American Community Survey to determine demographic, social, economic characteristics of the community
  • How to filter for specific Topics; Education Attainment (Table B15002)
  • Finding Subject tables for Poverty and Income (S1701 and S1901)
  • Pull the latest American Community Survey data about languages spoken at home and LEP households by County and Place (Cities and towns) Tables S1601,S1602, B16001
  • How to pull selected data by ZCTA’s (zipcode equivalent) and map a service area

Limited to 75 registrants. (Please don’t register if you can’t attend “live,” as the recording will be available to everyone later).



Friday, February 25
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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U.S. Census Bureau
Your Community By the Numbers: Accessing Census Data About Your Community