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High Risk/Vulnerable Individuals

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 »

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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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Feature Requests

Skip a level in the geographic hierarchy and add GEOID

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 »

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Variable Description APIs would be useful

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 »

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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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Application Showcase

acs package in R

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 »

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API Technical Discussions

Data dictionary should be hierarchical

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 »

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America's Economy App as an Innovation Platform

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?

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API Technical Discussions

Maximum number of variables per request

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 »

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ACS Choropleth Maps

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 »

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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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EnergyZip.org

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 »

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