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      1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Yes, this is an interesting idea, and one we've talked about to some extent. We'd love to hear more from other members of our community about how this might be fleshed out.

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        1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        We like this idea, although note that the American Community Survey doesn't go down to the block level -- only block group.

        We've experimented with aggregation--there are open questions about how to aggregate medians, the GINI index, and a few other non-count estimates--but mostly, this is a user interface challenge. Our requests for more funding are focused on adding historic ACS data and representing change over time on profile pages and in data downloads, but arbitrary geographies are a close second.

        For future conversation, there are also precision challenges with using GIS files to select Census geographies: for example, as implemented now, our query for "Census Tracts in Chicago" includes some from Indiana as well, because it's done with GIS instead of against the Census explicit delineation.

        Another question: how to handle split geographies? Block groups are kind of small, so maybe it's based on a percentage of land inside the selection region? But the land in the region may not be the land where people live...

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          1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks for taking the time to make a suggestion. For the time being, Census Reporter is focused on the American Community Survey. Issues of comparison across Census products are pretty complicated -- even if you find columns in common, it's not always clear that responses in two different releases are comparable.

          In general, we suggest that people check out IPUMS.org for support with cross-comparing data over longer terms and over different Census data products.

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            2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            William:

            Thanks for the feedback. We've seen this ourselves.

            One of our ideas this summer is to offer something at the top of the suggestions which is "don't see what you need? do a full search", which would route people to a full-text search results interface.

            We could include near the top of those results something like: "search for [your search string] as an address" which, when clicked, would drop them on the search-by-address interface with their query already entered.

            We could add a separate "fake" result in the suggestions, "search for [...] as an address" which, if selected, would do something like the above

            We could try to merge two different kinds of suggestions in one place. The suggestion library is very abstract, so it (a) should be possible and (b) may be hard!

            We'll consider these, but welcome opinions for anyone who is watching.

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              1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              This is something we're looking into now. We'll probably keep a place specific search, but we are considering adding places to the "explore" results.

              Any more input from our audience would help us consider all the options.

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                2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                This is a good idea, and something we've thought about, generally. The problem is that the Census bureau does not provide those tables as bulk data. We could reverse engineer the computations, but then we need to develop a system for having "pseudo-tables" mixed in with official Census Bureau tables.

                I think this is something which could be done, but it may have to wait until we secure more funding. It's probably just a little more involved than we can pull off in volunteer mode.

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                  1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thanks for the suggestion! The large number of columns for that table (with the relative sparseness) makes it hard to do systematically for each place.

                  There's also the problem that showing the most common places can actually be kind of boring (see http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2014/05/immigration_map_what_are_the_biggest_immigrant_groups_in_your_state.html) but if we are careful, we should be able to work around that.

                  In general, I think the direction for this is to add some new pages for places, instead of jamming more on the current profile page. We've talked about having "detailed profile pages" for each of the major categories (demographics/economics/etc) but we could organize them around other principles as well.

                  For now, if you didnt know, you can click on "show the data" under the "Place of birth for foreign-born population" chart, and then click on "view table" and see what you're asking for, although not in a chart.

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                    1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Yes, we need this. No doubt.

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                        1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        There are a lot of votes for this, but it isn't described at all. Can people who like this idea describe more what they'd like to see?

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                          1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          This already sort of exists on profile pages. We've talked about making a more tailored map-navigation UI. We welcome your input about what you'd like to see on it / how you think it should work.

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                            1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Good idea. In short, we have only the "B" and "C" tables for the 2012 ACS release.

                            We don't have any DP, QT, S, R, or GCT tables. Some of those we could synthesize (in fact, our profile pages are heavily modeled off of what's included in DP01) but the Census Bureau doesn't produce those as downloadable data.

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                              under review  ·  1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Comparison across diverse products is a complicated issue. The folks at https://usa.ipums.org/usa/ have been at it for quite some time.

                              Given that something like 60% of US counties are not big enough to appear in the 1-year or 3-year datasets, and that there won't be a 5-year dataset fit for comparing to historic data published until 2015... it's a little hard to know how we should navigate that.

                              We've talked about using data from the oldest available 1-year and 3-year releases where it's applicable, but it's a tricky design question.

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                                under review  ·  2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                This is a reasonable idea, although some more information about why its useful is welcome. Are you looking for block-level data? or just for the specific decennial figures for certain cases?

                                Would you want it just in table form? Or would you somehow want to see the profile pages also integrate decennial data?

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                                  under review  ·  2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Oh, note that the "collapsed" (C...) tables are only available for ACS 1- and 3-year releases, so you won't be able to get those specific columns for smaller areas.

                                  Sorry for the slow response. We're still getting our head around the UserVoice system.

                                  There are a number of tables which count vehicles available, by household as well as by workers and by housing units. Here's a summary. Maybe we can call this out specifically on the "commute" topic help page.

                                  B08014/C08014: Sex of Workers by Vehicles Available
                                  http://censusreporter.org/tables/B08014
                                  http://censusreporter.org/tables/C08014

                                  B08141/C08141: Means of Transportation to Work by Vehicles Available
                                  http://censusreporter.org/tables/B08141
                                  http://censusreporter.org/tables/C08141

                                  B08201/C08201: Household Size by Vehicles Available
                                  http://censusreporter.org/tables/B08201
                                  http://censusreporter.org/tables/C08201

                                  B08203/C08203: Number of Workers in Household by Vehicles Available
                                  http://censusreporter.org/tables/B08203
                                  http://censusreporter.org/tables/C08203

                                  B08541/C08541: Means of Transportation to Work by Vehicles Available for Workplace Geography
                                  http://censusreporter.org/tables/B08541
                                  http://censusreporter.org/tables/C08541

                                  B25044: Tenure by Vehicles Available
                                  http://censusreporter.org/tables/B25044

                                  B25045/C25045: Tenure by Vehicles Available by Age of Householder
                                  http://censusreporter.org/tables/B25045
                                  http://censusreporter.org/tables/C25045

                                  B25046: Aggregate Number of Vehicles Available by Tenure
                                  http://censusreporter.org/tables/B25046

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