Tag: American Community Survey

New to the Living Atlas – Firefly Demographics

Firefly Maps

The ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World has a new set of maps that make US Census data really shine (pun intended). Using the new Firefly Cartography style, these maps highlight distinct patterns about how the population and households are … Continue reading

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Community Analyst is Now Available

By Donna Buhr

It’s official – Community Analyst is available for the public! I am so excited that everyone now has access to the wealth of data and analysis features available in Community Analyst. I know all you lucky beta users have been enjoying the product for several months and you have been feeling quite smug that you discovered this treasure first. But now it’s time you let others in on your wonderful little secret so they too can reap the benefits of using the product. Beta users can still have bragging rights that you tried it first. Continue reading

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ArcGIS.com Maps in Community Analyst

 by Sooria Jeyaraman

Hello Community Analyst users, I am the user experience architect for Community Analyst. This is an exciting product and we’re very excited to have you on board. You will be hearing from me a lot on user interface (UI) specifics, general usability and user experience of the application. 

As you all know in our latest beta release of Community Analyst we have added more basemaps to the product, this was covered in a previous blogpost. Another exciting addition to the basemaps is the integration of maps from ArcGIS.com. I would like to take a moment and explain in detail how to use this feature in Community Analyst. Continue reading

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What's New in Community Analyst?

By Donna Buhr

Hi Community Analyst followers,

Community Analyst beta has only been out for a short time and we have already released an update with some great new features that you will really like.

American Community Survey Reports and Maps
American Community Survey (ACS) data is available for mapping Smart Map Search and color-coded maps. You can explore and evaluate the new ACS data and see how the U.S. has changed. Continue reading

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Get American Community Survey (ACS) Data in Desktop Today!

 By Lucy Guerra

The American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, provides data on a yearly basis on a variety of statistics about people, households, and where they live.

If you are an ArcGIS Desktop user, you can access and use this data in your analysis with very little effort. You can find out what languages residents in your area are speaking, how they are commuting to work, how many households are living above and below poverty level, income levels, home values, how many homes carry 1st and 2nd mortgages and equity loans, and more.

All you need is the Business Analyst Online Reports Add-in (BAO Add-in). The Add-in is like a widget for your ArcView, ArcEditor, or ArcInfo. Just three easy steps to get started:

1) Download the Add-In  >>>  2) Install it  >>>  3) Activate your subscription*

*Try it out for free with a 7 day trial!

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ACS Data is Now Available from Esri

By Catherine Spisszak

The American Community Survey (ACS) Data is now available on Business Analyst Online.  However, Esri is not just offering you the ACS Data in reports and color-coded maps.  We have added value to the ACS data and enhanced its usability in two key ways: Continue reading

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Where in the U.S. are Irish Eyes Smiling?

By Catherine Spisszak

The phrase “going green” means something a little different on St. Patrick’s Day.  On March 17th, “going green” means wearing green clothing, drinking green beverages, and celebrating everything Irish, regardless of your descent.

This color-coded map of the 2005-2009 American Community Survey (ACS) data illustrates Continue reading

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with ACS Data

By Catherine Spisszak

Valentine’s Day…it’s a holiday that some Americans love and some love to hate. 

In the spirit of the holiday, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the newly released 2005-2009 American Community Survey (ACS) data to find out where in America people are more likely to be married or single.

First, let’s take a look at a color-coded map of the percentage of the population age 15 years or older that is single – which includes those that are not married, are widowed, or are divorced.  The county with the highest percentage of singles, according to the 2005-2009 ACS estimate is Kalawao County, Hawaii where 75.6% of the population age 15 years and older are classified as single.  In Rosebud County, Montana, the percentage is much lower with 40.4% of the population classified as single.

Here is a color-coded map of the 2005-2009 ACS data on the percentage of the population age 15 years or older that is married.  Ironically, Loving County, Texas has one of the cutest county names in the U.S. and the highest percentage of population that is married, at a whopping 93.6%.

We can also use the 2005-2009 ACS data to compute a male to female ratio.  Baker County, Georgia is a promising place for single men.  There are 74.3 males for every 100 females there.  Conversely, in Lassen County, California there are 187.8 males for every 100 females.  In Love County, Oklahoma there are 95.1 males for every 100 females.

ACS Data, shown in the maps above, is released annually by the Census Bureau.  It is based on a rolling survey and has replaced the long form of Census 2000.  Now data about income, education, employment, language, migration, citizenship, marital status, and housing characteristics, such as value and rent, will be obtained from the ACS instead of the census sample.  To use data from the ACS, it will be necessary to incorporate estimates of sampling error or margin of error (MOE) which is included with all ACS estimates. 

For more information on ACS Data, please visit our Resource Center on Census 2010 and ACS Data where you can ask questions and provide feedback directly to our Data Development team.  We also encourage you to read three ArcUser Online articles written by Lynn Wombold, Esri Chief Demographer, on the topic ACS.  These articles are entitled:

Note: These maps do not include the Margin of Error (MOE) for each estimate.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Do you need help with ACS Data? Look no further.

By Catherine Spisszak

The American Community Survey (ACS) replaces the traditional sample data collected during the decennial census.  This change from a census sample to the ACS creates both challenges and opportunities for all data users.  An understanding of the change in variable definitions, methods of collecting and reporting the data, sample weights, and standard errors (Margin of Error or MOE) will be necessary in order to use the ACS data.

Do you have any questions about ACS or Census 2010 data?  Do you need more information about ACS data and the exact changes that will occur?  Do you want to better understand the Margin of Error and how it will affect your ability to use the ACS data?  Do you have any ideas on how you want to use ACS data or specific data requests?

You’ve come to the right place. Esri can help you.  We have created a Census 2010 and ACS page on our Resource Center.  This page includes a link to provide feedback or ask any questions of our Data Development team.


Please visit http://resources.arcgis.com/Census-2010 and click on the Provide Feedback button (circled in red). 

We look forward to hearing from you.

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