I have used the AS Alchemist and I too like the interface. I was not able to successfully
create census tract or blockgroup results.
I was wondering if someone else has experienced this and was able to work around it.
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Subject: [CTPP] An Alternative to Access ACS 5-year Block Group Data
If you are frustrated by getting the ACS 5-year block group level data via Census Bureau
ftpsite or DataFerrett, ACS Alchemist may be a good alternative.
I just tested ACS Achemist that was developed by Azavea & Temple University and I
think it's easy to use. But keep in mind that only ACS 2005-2009 and ACS 2006-2010
data are available in the ACS Alchemist. If you are looking for 1-year or 3-year data,
you still need Census Bureau data access tools including American Fact finder and
ACS Achemist is an open source tool that enables the extraction of ACS 2005-2009 and ACS
2006-2010 data on different level of geographic aggregation, i.e., counties, county
sub-division, tracts, blockgroups, etc. . The user interface is very straightforward and
is a simple step-by-step process. The thing I like most is that output is saved as the
shapefile and you can process your data in the GIS. The think I like least is that uses
will have to create a variable file to define which data they want to get. The sample of
a variable file can be find in the readme document which is included in the software
installation package, but I attached one here for your convenience.
Here is the link to the ACS Alchemist home page:
Here is the link to download the software package:
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
4800 Hampden Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
tel 301 347 9141
fax 301 347 0101