To help local governments better plan for disaster recovery for their residents, it would helpful to know which areas contained high risk/vulnerable individuals. These individuals might include the elderly, small children, disabled individuals, those who are language isolated, and those who do not have access to a vehicle. Creation of heat maps, or other visualizations of these populations can help emergency management ...more »
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 »
I am trying to make something for all block groups in a county and noticed that I have to make separate requests for each tract. A block group looks like: ?get=P0010001&for=block+group:*&in=state:2+county:170+tract:000101 but it would be nice if we could request: ?get=P0010001,GEOID&for=block+group:*&in=state:2+county:170 so without specifying the tract. The added GEOID (just like NAME) would make make each record unique. ...more »
As a developer, I think an API to describe and search for SF1 variables will be very useful. Sample API: http://thedataweb.rm.census.gov/data/2010/sf1/desc/(parameters) Usages: 1. http://thedataweb.rm.census.gov/data/2010/sf1/desc/all returns a JSON array of all SF1 variables and their descriptions. 2. http://thedataweb.rm.census.gov/data/2010/sf1/desc/P0010001 returns information about P0010001 (its name, concept, ...more »
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 »
Working with the Puget Sound Regional Council, I've modified my acs package for R to allow users to download data directly from the Census ACS API. See http://eglenn.scripts.mit.edu/citystate/2013/02/major-improvements-to-acs-r-sneak-peak-at-version-1-0/ for more info and user guide. Features and improvements include: * The package is now capable of downloading data directly from the new Census American Community ...more »
The XML format for the data dictionary is a great start, but it could be a lot better. In particular, the hierarchical structure of the variables is not mapped. Let's take P012B049: African American female 85 years and over. It's extremely tedious to tease apart that this is the combination of three variables: race, sex, and age group. One of the great features of XML is its hierarchical structure, which makes it easy ...more »
We have published a very successful mobile application of economic indicators. Now help us take this app to the next level. What other indicators or mashups are possible to deliver timely information or services? How can we build upon this app to be a foundation for deriving valuable insights through big data and analytics?
just wanted show off my usage of the Census API.. I am using the census data to show off surrounding block census data around each address on real estate listings. Pretty cool. Thanks for Census Developer API for doing such a great job to make this possible. Check it out:
Greetings, Though we have provided this infomation in a reply to an existing thread, we also wanted to create a "fresh" post to let everyone know that the maximum number of variables per request has been increased from 4 to 50. The documentation on www.census.gov/developers/ will be updated to reflect this information as well. Thank you to everyone who has provided feekback so far. We do take the feedback into account ...more »
This is just something I wanted to be able to visualize for my own entertainment/enlightenment... but I think it turned out pretty well. Still working on showing the time series of contributions in a given ZIP.
http://acsmapper.appspot.com/D3 Given the dearth of other live examples, I felt like I should post something, though I haven't been able to do a lot of necessary cleanup and polish. It was nice to be able to pull something like this together with just a few hours of work via the Census API, though. For a given ACS sub-table (anything with an _002E or higher suffix), I'm calling the data for all US counties and dividing ...more »
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 »
http://www.energyzip.org EnergyZip allows you to explore electricity usage across the five boroughs of New York City and compare your usage against predicted future use, to your neighbors and to the city. We invite you to enter your recent electricity usage and, from this data and the average seasonal modulation for US households, we predict what your electricity consumption will be for the rest of the year and how ...more »
ACS data produces estimates on traffic, car ownership and mass transit use. Create an App that can be used my city officials to determine how many vehicles would be needed to evacuate those with out cars.
Filter local meetups by various variables within the ACS 5-year data down to the block-group (enabled by zooming into the geographic area). By mashing these two APIs (http://www.meetup.com/meetup_api/, http://www.census.gov/developers/data/) together, community builders can identify groups and leadership/influencers that exist within areas of interest. Hopefully enabling a sort of distributed knowledge management system. ...more »
I had already created a thematic map application that gave information about the uncertainty surrounding ACS estimates (move your mouse over the counties). This website generates the map using API data requests. A future expansion will include parsing the variables XML file.
The Census Fact Finder Widget would be a code copy and paste sortable HTML table / choropleth map that would pull data from the Census via a query similar to that found inside the AFF web application. This application would allow sites like the SBA.gov add map / table projections to their pages based on various industries and help local entrepreneurs find out about the existing industry landscape and demographics in very ...more »
The application that we made in Boston for the national day of civic hacking http://calvinmetcalf.github.io/CodeForBoston-Census/
I through together a version hosted on Openshift that allows deep linking to specific views.
I am working on analyzing CFPB Consumer Complaint database with help from census data to better understand what type of financial products consumers are having trouble with. Census data helps break down what type of consumers are having what type of issues.
Here's an example of how to use DataFerret (a Census table-building tool) to lookup variable names and their descriptions on http://dataferrett.census.gov/run.html
Earlier I mentioned the idea for a library that would take care of filling DOM elements with data. Yesterday I created a github repository for this and committed the beginnings of such a library. To see this library in action I created a couple of examples: http://pad.human.cornell.edu/Unlisted/ACS5API/Example.html This is a table with on the left an explanation of how the right cell is defined. http://pad.human.cornell.edu/Unlisted/ACS5API/Example1.html ...more »
First, let me applaud the Census Bureau for doing this, it's an awesome project. I'm glad to see JSON as the response format for the API, but structure makes it really hard to use. I also haven't seen this list-of-lists format for individual records before. What would work much better would be one of the following: a) an array of objects. Within each object, each field name is a key, each value is the value associated ...more »
AffordableHousingOnline.com provides affordable rental housing market data on every city and county in the U.S. For example, here is the affordable rental housing market page for Washington, DC: http://affordablehousingonline.com/housing-search/District-of-Columbia/Washington/ AHO's own proprietary database of Federally assisted housing is mashed up with Census place data to provide an innovative look into rental ...more »