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Improving API documentation

Example of easier to follow API documentation: http://developer.usatoday.com/docs/read/Census Versus no coded variable definitions on the page: https://www.census.gov/developers/data/ All the needed content is in this presentation, but it was not intuitive to click on it since it refers to a specific event: https://www.census.gov/developers/NDoCH_Support_Slides.pdf Maybe rename it "ACS API Handbook"? Great great ...more »

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error on 2008-2012 data profile query

I ran the following query (key omitted): http://api.census.gov/data/2012/acs5/profile?get=NAME,DP02_0076E,DP02_0076M,DP02_0077E,DP02_0077M&for=place:*&in=state:27 and received the following error: There was an error while running your query. We've logged the error and we'll correct it ASAP. Sorry for the inconvenience. When I query for only the DP02_0076 variables the query succeeds. The query fails when adding ...more »

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invalid json

For this particular api query to acs5 I receive invalid json. I confirmed this with jslint. I suspect one of the fields aren't escaping properly or something. http://api.census.gov/data/2012/acs5/profile?get=DP04_0088E,DP02_0100E,DP02_0104E,DP02_0105E,DP02_0106E,DP02_0107E,DP02_0108E,DP02_0109E,DP02_0111E,DP02_0112E,DP02_0113E,DP03_0019E,DP03_0020E,DP03_0021E,DP03_0022E,DP03_0023E,DP03_0024E,DP03_0025E,DP02_0090E,DP03_0004E,DP03_0005E,DP03_0006E&for=place:*&in=state:*&key={key} ...more »

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API Technical Discussions

API extension for query across hierarchy

Hi All, The API has incredible functionality for query/results within the nested US Census Bureau Geography (e.g. getting data for all the tracts in a county or all the block groups within a track). However, it does not appear to support queries that run across the same geography very well. For instance It does not appear to allow me to query the same parameter (e.g. race) in Tract A within County B and Tract C ...more »

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Duplicate Keys in JSON

In accessing the variables for report "2012 American Community Survey: 1-Year Profile Tables" located here: http://api.census.gov/data.json When I pull back the c_variablesLink: http://api.census.gov/data/2012/acs1/profile/variables.json There are two json objects that are duplicated one of them is (at lines 39-41 and 54-56): "CSA": { "label": "Geography" } and the other is (60-62 and 63-65): "CBSA": { ...more »

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Bugs / Problems

State Legislative Districts in ACS 2008-2012

When querying the ACS 2008-2012, the State Legislative Districts (at least for Utah) are labeled "2010" when using the API and "2012" when using the FactFinder. It looks like the raw summary file data also says 2010. Using the mapping function on FactFinder for estimates from the most recent 5 year ACS shows current State Legislative districts (effective Jan 1, 2013). This is congruent with what is listed on the first ...more »

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Obtaining census tract numbers

Can I use this API to create an easy way for users on my website to get their census tract number without using a map? I simply want the users to input their residential address into text fields. Hopefully this API will spit out their 10 digit census tract number after input. I would prefer NOT to redirect applicants to a 3rd party site. I ultimately want to use the census tract number from the API to reconcile it with ...more »

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API Technical Discussions

ZCTA in ACS 2012

Hi,

I am having trouble accessing ZCTA-level in ACS 5-year released on December 17, 2013.

Here is an example query that works for 2011 but not for 2012.

Thanks!

http://api.census.gov/data/2011/acs5?get=B06010_001E&for=zip+code+tabulation+area:*&key=

http://api.census.gov/data/2012/acs5?get=B06010_001E&for=zip+code+tabulation+area:*&key=

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Feature Requests

idiosyncratic geographies

My specific request would be for api access to the statewide non-metropolitan geographic level (need the medians so I can't back into a value). However, I realize this has to be a pretty low priority for most api users. Do the developers have a goal of adding more of these types of geos or should I expect that I'll be going to factfinder for this type of request for years to come? (Extremely happy with the current ...more »

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Not accessing Census 2010 SF1 block data correctly

Need help resolving access issue -- Having a problem accessing some housing items in Census 2010 SF1 at block level: this works: http://api.census.gov/data/2010/sf1?key=XXX&get=H0050001&for=block:1001&in=state:11+county:001+tract:004100 this does not work: http://api.census.gov/data/2010/sf1?key=XXX&get=H0010001&for=block:1001&in=state:11+county:001+tract:004100 (says item not known) So far as known all P table items ...more »

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API supporting multiple geography query

Hi All,

I have been working on my application and one of the things I would like to do is query the same variable on multiple geographies. For instance, get the total population at the Block Group, Tract, County, State, and Nation.

Right now, it is my understanding that this would represent five different calls to the API.

Can this be done in one call to the API ?

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Application Ideas

Social Trending App

I'd like to use census data to generate a US Population trending App that tracks birth and deaths by city, county, state and nationally by age, race, gender and community or neighborhood. This would be an app that can provide an overview of past trends, policies and their results from census data.

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Charles E. Campbell, Founder & CEO

Whouter.com

http://www.Whouter.com

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No 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' header is present on the reques

Hi, I had a little app working until just two days ago, when I started receiving a CORS error: "No 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' header is present on the requested resource". I tried adding the jsonp callback to no avail. I am able to access the generated url via the browser. What I am doing is generating state options for a select list. The offending function, getStateList(), can be seen at: https://github.com/Code-for-Miami/iam1of.us/blob/master/js/script.js#L97 ...more »

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Tell Me About this Area

This app uses the American Community Survey data to provide users with a quick overview of the demographics, social, economic, and housing statistics of the geographic area that a user is passing through. The application uses a mobile phone’s GPS to determine the user’s geographic location and displays data based on the location. The application would display facts about the community from the Community Facts pages ...more »

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Export Market Finder

This app uses Census Foreign Trade data to provide users with a quick and easy tool to perform export market research. The application uses official U.S. export statistics to calculate the current unit price of selected U.S. exported commodities to foreign markets. The application gives exporters a valuable tool to help determine price points for entering their goods into new markets and to see global pricing trends. ...more »

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Startup

This app provides entrepreneurs granular data to help them choose the location for a new business based on local population characteristics and existing businesses. In its first iteration, Startup will provide results based on a limited set of location-based criteria: • Number of related businesses per capita • Population • Median income Startup asks the user to enter a zip code, and to choose a business from a list ...more »

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