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Submitted by (@karl.nicholas)

Add GET parameter for tables

There is a limit of 50 variables in a GET. So, I can understand, sort of, the need to limit, but many of your tables have more than 50 cells. For example: [ACSSF, B04001, 0006, , 7, 109 CELLS, , FIRST ANCESTRY REPORTED, Ancestry], has 109 cells, and if I want to get Estimates plus Margin of Errors I need to get 218 variables. So, why not accept a table number parameter instead? It would make the calls much easier and ...more »

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Can't get an API Key

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I've tried for several days to request an API key from the census developers site with no success. I have filled out the form trying a couple different email addresses and have not received any additional information. I've checked my spam folder in each of the email accounts and no results there either. What is my next step to get an api key?

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List of all Legislature District "names"

I need a list of all the states' legislature's district names. I will use this list as the definitive list of district names that data is mapped to. I tried to use the " Census Name Lookup Tables" found here: https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/nlt.html but there are many district names that don't map properly to the district names returned by the 2012-5yr-ACS API. So, for example, if I submit the query: http://api.census.gov/data/2012/acs5?get=B19301_001E&for=state+legislative+district+(lower+chamber):*&in=state:50 ...more »

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Age and Income Data by Household

Hi, I am attempting to examine households within a given geography, and would like to count the number of households which fill certain income and age constraints. For example: Household contains person age 12 Household income between $50k and $60k Is this possible using the ACS 3-year tables? When I load a generic tabulation, I know the fields exist (age, income, location) but I cannot get the conditional results (% ...more »

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Definitions

Hello All, Is there a way to return the label and or concept instead of just the call variable code e.g. Return both DP02_0001E and "HOUSEHOLDS BY TYPE!!Total households" so that the data is easily presented without further manipulation in the application. For example this would be useful in presenting the data in a table, where the table heading would be "HOUSEHOLDS BY TYPE!!Total households" instead of the more ...more »

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Finding Geographies

I'm still a newbie and am trying to find a way to pull geographies via the API.

 

For example, is there a way for our application to only store state names or FIPS codes, then pull all other possible geographies via the API? Or, do we need to store all the needed geographies on our end?

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Getting Started Area

Complete Newbie here. Trying to systematically get started. Have looked through the documentation but not exactly sure where to start when it comes to ACS data. Is there a place with all the possible URI's , URL parameters and explanations , so that if I was making a call I could look through a list and easily select the parameters and corresponding values .

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How to get geocoordinates of a certain block?

I'm having trouble getting the geo-boundaries of a specific block.

 

For example, let's say I have the following info:

state: 53

county: 033

tract: 000100

block: 1006

 

How can I know where this specific block is? In other words, how do I get the geo-boundaries of this specific block so that I can map this block with latitude,longitude coordinates?

 

Thanks!

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Problem in B05006_161 for 2012?

I think there may be small glitch in the API for table B05006 for the 5-year ACS for 2012 -- something about the terminal, 161th variable: The following call works fine for 2011: http://api.census.gov/data/2011/acs5?get=B05006_161E,NAME&for=county:*&in=state:22 but when I try the same for 2012, there's trouble: http://api.census.gov/data/2012/acs5?get=B05006_161E,NAME&for=county:*&in=state:22 The other variables ...more »

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