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Census = building blocks. Data - every 10 years from everyone Long form (sample) or short form (100% data) Population gender, race, age, education Money income, occupation, commute time Housing own/rent; electricity, bathrooms, # living there

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census building blocks
Census = building blocks
  • Data - every 10 years from everyone
    • Long form (sample) or short form (100% data)
      • Population
        • gender, race, age, education
      • Money
        • income, occupation, commute time
      • Housing
        • own/rent; electricity, bathrooms, # living there

Hint: Look at available tables to know what info available now, historically

census geography definitions
Census geography(definitions)
  • Block
  • Block group (Michigan)
  • Tracts (Michigan)
  • Minor Civil Divisions
  • Incorporated places
  • County
  • ZIP codes
  • Metropolitan areas
  • Voting places
  • Congressional Districts (Michigan)
  • Divisions (9) (East North Central)
  • Regions (4) (Midwest)


Census Bureau reference map – you choose geography

Learn about your community – features, roads, tracts, etc.

let s make one
Let’s make one
  • http://mapapps.esri.com/create-map/index.html
  • Choose place, layer
build a census map
Build a census map
  • Visit census page, click on Population Finder
  • Choose place
  • What is the population trend? What can I learn?
tell me more
Tell me more
  • American Community Survey - an ongoing survey that provides data about your community every yearlearn more  |  get data
  • Puerto Rico Community Survey - the equivalent of the American Community Survey for Puerto Ricolearn more  |  get data  |  en español
  • Population Estimates Program - population numbers between censuseslearn more  |  get data
  • Economic Census - profiles the U.S. economy every 5 yearslearn more  |  get data
  • Annual Economic Surveys - data from the Annual Survey of Manufactures, County Business Patterns and Nonemployer Statisticslearn more  |  get data
census bureau help
Census Bureau help
  • What Maps Can I Create in FactFinder?
  • Using the Map Navigation Features
  • Using the Map Display Options
  • Creating a Reference Map
  • Creating a Thematic Map
  • Printing and Downloading Maps
  • Center for Shared Solutions and Technology Partnerships
michigan data
Michigan data
  • Collection of Michigan census
    • Michigan Sub-County Population Estimates: 2000-2008
    • Estimated Population of Michigan by Age, Race and Sex: 2000-2008
    • Estimated Population of Michigan Counties and Regions: 2000-2008
    • Estimated Population for States, 2000-2008
michigan resources
Michigan resources

General Geographic InformationUnits of Government, Land Area and Population Density

Boundary MapsUnits of Government, Census Areas, Political Geography and more

Thematic MapsPopulation Change, Population Density, Population Characteristics, Housing

Other Mapping ResourcesTiger/Line Mapping, On-Line Mapping

General ProfilesGeneral Social-Demographic Characteristics at the State, County and MCD Level

Economic DataEconomic Activity, Spending, etc.

Education StatusEducational Attainment, Enrollment Status, Michigan's Educational System

EmploymentCommuting, Employment Status

Income and Poverty



investigative reporters editors
Investigative Reporters & Editors

Mapping Boot Camp - $1,500 software *

Census stories from IRE members:

  • Emergency services: "When a heart attack dropped Jim Wagner on the floor of a Memphis pool hall, it took an ambulance half an hour to arrive." The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., investigated why it took so long for an ambulance to arrive despite more than a half-dozen people calling 911 to report the heart attack
  • Minorities on the move: The New York Times used mapping software and census data to show new patterns in the movement of minority groups. A county by county analysis shows what motivates certain groups to move to certain