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SI 547: Engaging with Communities

Research guide for School of Information 547 Engaging with Communities taught by Prof. David Wallace Fall 2021

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Catherine Morse
Government Information, Law and Political Science Librarian

Clark Library

Hatcher Graduate Library 2 South 734-936-2333

2020 Decennial Census

The 2020 Census is part of the decennial census program mandated by the US Constitution. The decennial census is used for apportioning Congressional seats, as well as many other purposes, such as demographic research, allocating funding, and informing public policy. The 2020  questionnaire is short, covering these topics:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Household Relationship
  • Housing Tenure (own or rent)

American Community Survey

The ACS is an ongoing sample survey which began in 2005. Questions asked cover:

•family and relationships
•income and benefits
•health insurance
•veteran status
•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

Finding Census Data

Learn more about census data from the U.S. Census and Demographic Information Research Guide

To search by address and identify tract numbers use the Census Geocoder

Look up Census terminology in the Census Glossary

Data Planet Statistical Datasets

Simply Analytics

Policy Map