Guide to using census data to create a community profile for Psych 317/Amcult 306 taught by Lorraine Gutierrez
Last Updated: Sep 30, 2011
The 2010 Decennial Census had only 10 questions. They covered these topics:
- Household Relationship
- Housing Tenure (own or rent)
- The Questionnaire
The 2010 Census form
- 2010 Census Data Products Release Schedule
Information from the Census Bureau pertaining to the dates for releasing data from the newest 2010 Census.
- 2010 Census Demographic Profiles
These profiles provide more subject detail than the recently released 2010 Census redistricting data files. These profiles provide details about race and Hispanic groups, age, sex and housing status. The profiles will be released on a state-by-state basis for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Use this map to explore 2010 Census Demographic Profile data.
American Factfiner is the Census Bureau's main portal for accessing Census data. A new version of American Factfinder was released in January 2011. Data sets will be migrated from Legacy Factfinder to the new Factfinder over Spring and Summer 2011.
The ACS is a sample survey. It goes to about 3% of households in a given year, as compared to the decennial census long form which went to 1 in 6 households once every 10 years. It covers more topics than the decennial census. Questions asked cover:
•family and relationships
•income and benefits
•where you work and how you get there
•where you live and how much you pay for some essentials
•and other topics related to people, households, families and housing
- Social Explorer
This program is the easiest-to-use method for accessing and mapping decennial Census and American Community Survey (ACS) data. Unlike American Factfinder, it contains both historical and current data in one place. Currently Social Explorer has less 2010 data than American Factfinder (AFF has the 2010SF1) .
For ACS data, to access Margins of Error (MOE) in Social Explorer, make sure you are using the Census Bureau's tables. Social Explorer defaults to using their tables, which are cleaned up, easier to use versions of census data. These are appropriate for some uses, but researchers needing more authoritative data and especially those needing Margins of Error will have to switch to the ACS tables, in the tables portion of the process of selecting data in "Reports".