Census

Maps make boring statistics come alive!

I created the following maps using ArcMap (a commercial GIS program) and freely available downloaded Census data. It's not the sort of thing that anyone can do - ArcMap is a relatively involved program and combing through the Summary File data requires moderately advanced Microsoft Access skills.

With a little bit of invested time in learning the system, however, the American Fact Finder website can help the lay person create custom maps from the same data using only a web browser!

The following maps are available for download in pdf form at the bottom of this article.

Note that the map above is total population not population density. The large census tracts have a high total population spread out over a much larger area.

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Data hounds have been salivating for months over the timed release of the Census 2010 data files. Yesterday, the Census Bureau released the 2010 redistricting data for Iowa!

The redistricting data includes basic population and housing information - the full data sets of all long-form data, much of it down to the block unit level, will not be released for some time.

Look for some interesting maps and analysis from DMPerspective in the coming weeks as I crunch through the data!

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