Question: When will Census 2020 Geographies be available to use in GIS work?
Answer: February-March 2021, according to the PSAP website (as of 1/1/2021)
The PSAP is the Census Bureau’s Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP).
I’m not sure if that’s the current word from the Census Bureau on release. The state-level counts, which were due 12/31/2020, have yet to be delivered.
From the Census Bureau’s 12/30/2020 news release:
“The schedule for reporting this data is not static. Projected dates are fluid. We continue to process the data collected and plan to deliver a complete and accurate state population count for apportionment in early 2021, as close to the statutory deadline as possible.”
And there’s still the April 1, 2021 deadline for releasing the reapportionment file (the PL 94-171 file). No word if that date will slip as well.
Hopefully the GIS files will be available before April 1st to allow your GIS staff to hit the ground running with the new data.
The proposed 2020 census tracts, block groups, Census Designated Places, etc., are available on the Bureau’s TIGERweb site, here:
“The "Current" vintage reflects planned 2020 geographies for census tracts, census block groups, census designated places (CDPs), census county divisions (CCDs), tribal census tracts, tribal block groups, Alaska Native village statistical areas (ANVSAs), Oklahoma tribal statistical areas (OTSAs) and their tribal subdivisions, state American Indian Reservations (SAIRs), state designated tribal statistical areas (SDTSAs), and tribal designated statistical areas (TDSAs) as collected through the 2020 Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP). PSAP participants are reviewing and verifying these areas, and identifying corrections where needed, before they are used in the tabulation and publication of data.”
When I think of “vintage” I think of table wine… I guess if you’re a geographer “vintage” takes on a whole different meaning!
# # #
What is kind of cool on the PSAP page is the list of new proposed census designated places (CDPs) for the 2020 Census.
Some of my favorites:
Big Rock, Iowa (as well as Big Rocks in Tennessee and Virginia. Alas, no Big Rock Candy Mountain!)
Bug Tussle, Oklahoma
Candy Rock Kitchen, New Mexico
Centerville, Arkansas (not to be confused with Centervilles in Kansas, Louisiana and Montana!)
Dime Box, Texas
Dumb Hundred, Pennsylvania
Four Square Mile, Colorado
Knob Lick, Missouri
Pumpkin Center, California (and Pumpkin Hollow, Oklahoma!)
Volcano Golf Course, Hawaii
Alas, I still can’t find East Cupcake.
Happy New Years, and Stay Safe!
The Census Bureau released the newest 5-year set of American Community Survey data (2015-2019) just last month. This is important! We now have 3-sets of non-overlapping 5-year databases: 2005-2009, 2010-2014, and 2015-2019. I’ve been focusing on the 1-year databases up until now (2005-2019), but there are times when only the 5-year datasets will work (e.g., examining all counties within a particular state, region, or nation.)
My first attempt was to try a simple analysis of total population, household population, etc., for all places in California. The r-package “tidycensus” works great in extracting the 5-year ACS databases.
(By the way, the 2005-09 ACS does indeed have estimates for “total population” even though “group quarters” data was not collected in the year 2005. Somehow the Census Bureau used the 2006-09 data on GQ to make it up for 2005?)
I ran this for 2005-2009, 2010-2014, and 2015-2019. Then stitched them together creating a database of California places with lots of variables. Perfect!
Well, geographies change.
I then had an “ah ha!” moment: the 2005-2009 geographies are based on the 2000 Census; and the 2010-2014 and 2015-2019 geographies are based on the 2010 Census. There are new and re-named places (at least in the Bay Area and California) in the 2010 Census relative to the 2000 Census.
But this is not entirely accurate.
The geographies in each of the 5-year ACS databases may be different. They reflect the “last year” vintage of each database. I had to look this up on the Census Bureau’s website to clear things up!
So, for California:
2005-2009 ACS: 1,066 places in California
2010-2014 ACS: 1,543 places in California
2015-2019 ACS: 1,549 places in California
2010 Decennial Census SF1: 1,527 places in California.
My merged database of the three sets of ACS data plus the decennial yields 1,558 records. So, I still have some work to do to clean this up. (The decennial census is used to append a county code to place records. I still haven’t figure out how I want to handle multi-county places, but I’ll leave that for another time.)
Question: What is the vintage of the geography used in the 2015-2019 American Community Survey? 2015? 2019?
“For ACS 5-year estimates, use the last year of the estimate period to determine the vintage. For example, the following datasets use the same vintages of geographic boundaries:
2019 ACS 1-year estimates
2015-2019 ACS 5-year estimates”
I thought there was a list of “new places” in the 2019 ACS products. I can’t seem to find it now. Just another buried treasure on the Census Bureau website.
Happy New Years to All, and Stay Safe!
Please join the Census Data for Transportation Planning Subcommittee (AED30(1)) for an exciting lineup of Census topics:
* Modernization of Privacy in Census Surveys
* Commuting in America
* Census Transportation Planning Product Updates
* Census Updates
The meeting will take place January 8, 2021 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST.
Even if you are not attending the full TRB Annual Meeting, you can attend the Census Data for Transportation Planning Subcommittee Meeting. To do so, you must register<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.trb.or…> at no-charge using the "Exhibits and Committee Meetings Only" option. For more details, please look up How to Attend Committee Meetings at the following link: http://www.trb.org/AnnualMeeting/AMAttendees.aspx<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.trb.or…>.
Please feel free to contact Clara Reschovsky at clara.reschovsky(a)dot.gov<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or Kathleen Yu at kyu(a)nctcog.org<mailto:email@example.com> if you have any additional questions.
The new set of five-year American Community Survey data, 2015-2019, was released today.
This is significant in that we now have three sets of non-overlapping data.
Here’s from today’s Census Bureau release:
"Today, the release of the 2015-2019 ACS 5-year estimates marks an important milestone. We now have three sets of 5-year estimates (2005-2009, 2010-2014, and 2015-2019) that do not overlap, which provide even more data for examining trends at the local level.”
I’ve checked out some of the data using the R-package “tidycensus” and I was able to get the 5-year ACS data for all geographies, down to the census block group level. (Tracts and block groups are downloadable on a state-by-state basis with tidycensus, not for the entire USA in one fell swoop.)
(Be careful, though. Census tracts, and block groups are probably not the same (geography-wise) for all three periods.) But this is a boon if you’re tracking data for very small (<65,000 population) counties and places!!!!!
Stay safe everyone!
We have been trying to use the CTPP data tool at:
to look for TAZ data for Middlesex County, Massachusetts from the 2000 CTPP. However, the tool seems to only include data for Berkshire County. When we look at TAZs on the map tab we can see TAZ geography for some other Massachusetts counties but we do not seem the boundaries for any of the counties in the Boston region, or much of central or western Massachusetts either for that matter. Does anyone have a suggestion for how we might gain access to data from tables covering these missing TAZs?
Senior Planning Information Manager
Cambridge Community Development Department
344 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
From: American Community Survey Data Users Group <noreply(a)prb.org>
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2020 9:08 AM
To: Weinberger, Penelope <pweinberger(a)aashto.org>
Subject: Inviting Applications for ACS Data Users Group Steering Committee
Update from American Community Survey Data Users Group
Inviting Applications for ACS Data Users Group Steering Committee
In partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, PRB is soliciting applications for membership in an ACS Data Users Group (DUG) Steering Committee. The DUG Steering Committee’s main responsibility will be to improve data users' understanding of the value and utility of ACS data. In addition, the DUG Steering Committee will inform PRB and Census Bureau staff about the concerns of ACS data users and will provide feedback on ACS-related activities, data products, dissemination channels, and/or methodology.
To learn more and to apply, visit the ACS Online Community website:
The deadline for applications is Friday, December 11 at 12:00 PM (EST).
You were sent this email because an administrator sent it to all users in the Everyone role on American Community Survey Data Users Group.
Forwarding this for C2ER.
Their next annual conference (June) will be virtual.
C2ER 61st Annual Conference
& LMI Institute Annual Forum
2021 Call for Sessions
The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute are currently soliciting proposals for the next annual conference and forum, which will be held virtually June 7 - 11, 2021. The theme this year is The Great Pivot: Reinvention for Recovery and Resilience.
We are interested to learn how your organization and community have and continue to respond to the impacts and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, what that means for your local businesses, and how we can ready ourselves to better weather future events.
Content and presentations from practitioners are a key component to the success of our conference. This enables our attendees to share, learn, converse, and interact with one another on topics of mutual interest and compare research methods, data collection practices, visualization tools, and lessons learned in the field. We invite members and non-members alike to submit session proposals.
View full call for sessions details<https://crecstorage.blob.core.windows.net/c2er/2020/10/2021-Conference-Call…>
Click here to start your proposal<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021CallforProposals>
Session proposals are due by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, November 6, 2020
Who is Our Audience?
The C2ER Annual Conference/LMI Institute Annual Forum attracts researchers from state labor market information, economic development, and workforce development offices; community colleges; workforce boards; and other organizations in the economic and workforce development fields. The conference includes a variety of keynote and plenary speakers, and roundtables to offer world class networking and the opportunity to see community and economic development in action.
What is the Structure and Format of the Conference?
Sessions will be a combination of pre-recorded and live-streaming content. We are seeking to create unique learning opportunities for our attendees and encourage you to submit new and innovative ways to use this time to share new knowledge and approaches, facilitate panel discussions, and/or engage attendees in active conversation. A virtual environment allows us to offer a variety of session formats, including traditional sessions (individual presentations; traditional panels of three 15-20-minute presentations; facilitated roundtable discussions), but we also welcome proposals that utilize the unique advantages of virtual meetings (such as on-site visits to activities or developments of interest in your community that you bring to us virtually).
This year we will continue to include skill building workshops. If you host a FREE data tool, website, or have a skillset that you would like to share with business and community researchers, we want to hear from you! Please note that the session is expected to offer an introduction to your data tool or website and a "hands-on" experience to allow participants to gain practical experience with the data, walk away with new skills, and possibly access a new tool for their work going forward. Workshops should be a minimum of 60 minutes long and a maximum of two hours long.
We are interested in a variety of viewpoints, we encourage researchers and analysts from different racial and ethnic backgrounds to share their experiences. If you are recruiting participants for a panel or developing a topic to share, please keep our mutual commitment in mind. We also want to hear from our younger researchers. This could be your chance to make a mark on the community and economic research profession for years to come! We're always looking for new leaders and a fresh set of contributors.
Become a sponsor city! Typically, we use the annual convening as an opportunity to learn more about our host city through local research keynotes, sponsors, off-site tours. With a virtual meeting, however, we have a chance to hear and see different communities across the U.S. and have various cities serve as "sponsors" by submitting speaker ideas, remote tours to showcase an area in development, or anything that provides local flavor. A key underlying theme is diversity, equity, and inclusion so we'd love to have different viewpoints and see how research is helping communities of color prosper.
Proposals may address one or more of the following ideas as they relate to the theme of The Great Pivot: Reinvention for Recovery and Resilience. See the sub-topics below and related research questions and ideas.
Please do not feel limited to the session focus areas listed below
* Diversity, Inclusion, Equity
* Response, Recovery, Resilience, Readiness, Reinvention
* Future of Work
* The Virtual Economy - Power of Remote Work
* High Frequency Data - innovative real time data, unemployment insurance data, etc.
* Technical Skills Workshops
* Sponsor City (see details in Structure & Format here<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcrecstora…>)
For more information on content, please contact Jennie Allison<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Instructions and Guidelines
Click here for the full list of proposal instructions and guidelines<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcrecstora…>
C2ER/LMI Institute will provide a response to all submitted proposals no later than January 15, 2021.
JOIN US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
The Council for Community and Economic Research<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.c2er.…> (C2ER) is a membership organization working to improve data availability, enhance data quality, and foster learning about regional economic analytic methods.
The Labor Market Information Institute<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lmiont…> (LMI Institute) is the pre-eminent resource for supporting the development, interpretation, and use of labor market information.
C2ER and the LMI Institute are managed by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcrec.net%2…> (CREC).
This may be of interest to some.
-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Webinar: Proposed Format Change to Simplify the ACS Summary File
Date: 7 Oct 2020 20:23:40 +0000
From: American Community Survey Data Users Group <noreply(a)prb.org>
[Population Reference Bureau] Update from American Community Survey
Data Users Group
*Webinar: Proposed Format Change to Simplify the ACS Summary File*
**Join us for a webinar on October 28, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 PM EDT.
The Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) Office is currently
testing a new format for the ACS Summary File. The ACS Summary File is a
comma-delimited text file that contains all the Detailed Tables for the
ACS. We are inviting current ACS Summary File data users to review this
new format and send in their feedback. Join this webinar to learn what
is changing, see a live demonstration of the new format, and receive the
necessary resources to review this format. This webinar will be recorded
for those who are unable to participate in the live event.
*Caleb Hopler*, Survey Statistician, American Community Survey Office
*Matthew Key*, IT Specialist, American Community Survey Office
*Bonan Ren*, IT Specialist, American Community Survey Office
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the webinar.
View System Requirements
You were sent this email because an administrator sent it to all users
in the Everyone role on American Community Survey Data Users Group.