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General design and specific API questions

Hello everyone, This is a question requiring some general direction and also some technical help: I would like to automatically (daily, weekly?) upload ACS reports by county (all 3200+) into a database hosted locally. My boss wants it in MS Access (this is not up for debate, I have tried). From MS Access, we'd like to be able to extract the fields we need to populate a .xls file or any other format. Eventually, even ...more »

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Latitude/Longitude in PDI

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I am trying to call the API for the the geocoder census geographical locations for few addresses I have in my database. I want the longitude/latitude values for each address.I want to call the API through a javascript in an ETL tool. Can anyone suggest method or any useful link for that? It would be a great help.

 

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Latitude/Longitude in PDI

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I am trying to call the API for the the geocoder census geographical locations for few addresses I have in my database. I want the longitude/latitude values for each address.I want to call the API through a javascript in an ETL tool. Can anyone suggest method or any useful link for that? It would be a great help.

 

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Query help

Hi, I've been working with the following query: http://api.census.gov/data/2012/popproj/pop?get=TOTAL_POP,POP_4,POP_3,POP_2,POP_1,POP_0&ORIGIN=0&RACE=0&SEX=0&YEAR=2012&key= I think it is returning total usa population of age 5 and under for the year 2012. Is there a way to get the same information for each state? In other words is per state information available from popproj/pop? Or do I need to query another data ...more »

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Duplicate (and incorrect) "Female 85 years and older" variable

I'm examining a tract in NYC. I found two different codes (P0120026 and P0120049) whose label and concept match exactly: "label": "Female: !! 85 years and over", "concept": "P12. Sex By Age [49]" Furthermore, they return VASTLY different values. See queries below: http://api.census.gov/data/2010/sf1?key=[key]&get=P0120049,NAME&for=block:*&in=state:36+county:061+tract:004200 http://api.census.gov/data/2010/sf1?key=[key]&get=P0120026,NAME&for=block:*&in=state:36+county:061+tract:004200 ...more »

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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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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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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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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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API supporting multiple geography query

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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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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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Invalid API Key

I just signed up and received a key from the Census API. I created a query, copied the key into the query and submitted it. The response said: A valid key must be included with each data API request. You included a key with this request, however, it is not valid. Please check your key and try again. If you do not have a key you my sign up for one here. I am not sure how I could have screwed this up here... Any ...more »

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