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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    This one flew under our radar when it was originally posted. Unfortunately, data in Census Reporter is provided nearly exactly as it is published by the US Census Bureau in the American Community Survey. (The only exception is our profile pages, where in some cases we "roll up" ACS detailed tables into forms that we think are a bit more what people often want, such as the age brackets or racial categories.

    That is, this isn't something we can really do anything about.

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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    Not sure what you're asking. If I, for example, go to a data table for "Maui County HI" and choose "divide into County Subdivisions", "West Molokai CCD, Maui County, HI" is included, at the far right (because the subdivisions are sorted alphabetically). Is it possible that you just didn't scroll to see it? This may be better taken up via our support/feedback process

    https://censusreporter.org/data/table/?table=B01001&geo_ids=05000US15009,04000US15,01000US,060|05000US15009&primary_geo_id=05000US15009

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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    Questions like this are better suited to the "Contact support" option, but no worries, we'll answer as best we can here.

    Census Reporter provides access to the most recent releases of the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey, specifically the "detailed tables". A good general way to learn more about the ACS is the handbooks for data users, some of which are tailored to specific kinds of data users -- see https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/guidance/handbooks.html for the complete list.

    We provide topical help which includes some lists of subsets of the available tables -- see https://censusreporter.org/topics/ So many tables include 'age' as part of the tabulation that we don't provide a list of those, as such, so you'd have to pick through the different pages.

    Given that the ACS has well over 1000 detailed tables, there isn't a very convenient list of all of them, but Census Bureau has two Excel files (one for the 2019 1-year release and one for the 2015-2019 5-year release) which list them all, available here: https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/summary_file/2019/documentation/tech_docs/

    Besides the detailed tables, Census releases ACS data in other formats which are sometimes more convenient, but does not release them in a format suitable for import into Census Reporter. We've tried to make a complete list of these other products here: https://censusreporter.org/topics/table-codes/#topic-elsewhere

    Note that Census' rules about releasing personally identifiable information prevent any one table from combining all the factors you list, so you'll have to go to multiple tables. It is possible, in principle, to create "custom" tabulations using the public use microdata series (aka PUMS). One of the handbooks at the link above goes more into PUMS data, as does this article we sponsored on Open News's Source website: https://source.opennews.org/articles/when-and-how-use-census-microdata/

    If you identify a specific "detailed table" for which you want figures, you should be able to directly search by table code in Census Reporter: that is, enter something like "B01001" in the "Explore" search on the front page, or in the search at the top of every page. You can also just edit the table details URLs (like https://censusreporter.org/tables/B01001/) to change the table code to another. Watch the videos on our home page for more about using the detailed data tables.

    Hope this helps. Feel free to ask more questions using "contact support".

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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    Unfortunately, the US Census Bureau does not generally include people experiencing homelessness in the American Community Survey.

    For the decennial census, there are some efforts, described on this page https://www.census.gov/library/fact-sheets/2020/dec/2020-census-counts-homeless.html

    The American Community Survey bases its estimate primarily upon people who receive a survey at their home mailing address. There are also efforts to count the "group quarters population" (see https://censusreporter.org/topics/group-quarters/ for some more) but that data is only released at the national level, and even there, the homeless population is not clearly separated from "other non-institutional".

    I also found this 2012 book, "Small Populations, Large Effects: Improving the Measurement of the Group Quarters Population in the American Community Survey", which no doubt does much deeper (contents free online at https://www.nap.edu/read/13387/chapter/1 )

    For the foreseeable future, Census Reporter is limited to data in the American Community Survey, but even were we to expand, it would likely only be to other official US Census sources.

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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    We've been doing some low-level work in this area which may help people with some comfort with coding -- see https://github.com/censusreporter/acs-aggregate There is example code with lots of documentation that might help you get what you need, but you have to be comfortable at least copying and editing python code for now.

    For Census Reporter itself, to support importing files and such adds not only its own complexity but also user authentication, secure user resource-storage, and such... so that's a lot of friction. But we're thinking about this.

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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    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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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    For what it's worth, a precursor to Census Reporter makes 2010 (and 2000) Decennial Census data easier to use for limited geographies -- see http://census.ire.org

    We would need to secure new funding to add Decennial Census data.

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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    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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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    Can you be more clear about what you're looking at/for? For example, here's a link to the Race & Ethnicity chart for Cook County, IL: https://censusreporter.org/profiles/05000US17031-cook-county-il/#race

    That kind of chart is on every Census Reporter profile page, including all county pages.

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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    Census Reporter does, in fact, include 5-year estimates; however, to simplify things for less technical users, the system only presents 5-year estimates when 1-year estimates are not available or not appropriate. Therefore, on profile pages for places of population 65,000 or more, most data comes from 1-year estimates, although in some cases, the Census Bureau suppresses 1-year data (mostly for tables with very fine-grained distinctions), in which case you'll see a note on the page indicating that a certain chart or figure comes from the 5-year data instead.

    when getting data for a specific table, again, Census Reporter tries to make the smart choice. If all of your geographies are 65,000 or larger, then Census Reporter uses 1-year data, but if any of the geographies are too small to be included in the 1-year release, then 5-year data is used for all geographies -- that is, if you have a city such as Chicago and a census tract in the same query, then data for both will come from the 5-year release.

    At this time, there is no interface for forcing Census Reporter to give 5-year data in these cases. The API does support getting data for a specific release -- see api.censusreporter.org for more details.

    Specifically, this the default URL call to get data for table B13016 for the state of Wisconsin:

    https://api.censusreporter.org/1.0/data/show/latest?table_ids=B13016&geo_ids=04000US55

    Using "latest" in the URL leaves the choice of release up to Census reporter, and in the above case, gets ACS 1 year data. However, one can specify the release, like this:

    https://api.censusreporter.org/1.0/data/show/acs2017_5yr?table_ids=B13016&geo_ids=04000US55

    However, note that we are unable to support access to all past ACS releases. We only support the current release. URLs using "latest" will always work, but each fall, as the new ACS data is loaded into Census Reporter, the part of URLs specifying the release would need to be updated.

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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    Thanks for the input. Unfortunately, Census Reporter is an independent project, unaffiliated with the US Census Bureau. We are only able to work with the data as it is published.

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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    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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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    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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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    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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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    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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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    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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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    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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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    Yes, we need this. No doubt.

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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    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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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    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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    AdminCensus Reporter (CEO / Founder, Census Reporter) commented  · 

    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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