Story Recipe: Using the Census API

By on 6.6.22 in Story Recipe

This piece was originally published on ObservableHQ. Evan Galloway is a research associate with the program on Health Workforce Research and Policy at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. The Census Data API is an incredible resource that makes a huge universe of data available programmatically. However, it can be hard to find the exact variables you need for your query. Also, commonly reported statistics are usually aggregates of several variables in,…

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Story Recipe: How to access commuting data

We often receive requests around commuting patterns and answer questions like: How many people live in one location but work in another? How far do people travel to commute to work? What models of transportation do people take to work? Commuting data is  particularly useful for thinking about economic development, infrastructure planning, home values, climate change, and other topics. This post will serve as our “How to Guide” on obtaining commuting data from the US…

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Story Recipe: How to obtain census data using R & TidyCensus

By on 5.16.22 in Story Recipe

This piece was originally published on Thomas Gomes' Medium. Do you often get tired of grabbing data directly off of Or has the Census API been throwing errors in your code? Maybe you are just like the rest of us, wanting to streamline your workflows as much as possible. Well, Dr. Kyle Walker had all of us Census Data users in mind when developing TidyCensus, an R package that makes obtaining Census data so…

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Story Recipe: Finding specific microdata about your county

We recently received a request from a resident in Lincoln County, asking for assistance in locating data related to digital inclusion, in order to help enroll residents who qualify for the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit. Specifically, the reader asked us to determine the following: How much the acquisition of 200 hot spots in Lincoln County helped close the digital divide How many households in Lincoln County would be eligible for enrollment in the EBB program,…

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Census 2020 Story Recipe: How to find and explore Census data

We recently received a question from a reporter in North Carolina asking how to compare 2010 Census redistricting data to 2020 Census redistricting data when it is released on Thursday, August 12.    This is a great question, and it can be localized. Here’s our guide on how to find the data, analyze the data, and what questions you can ask. For more great information, check out Tyler Duke’s GitHub containing a collection of data, methodology and…

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