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The Increasing Diversity of the U.S. Population

By Kyle Reese-Cassal and Catherine Spisszak

One of the biggest trends, as revealed by the Census 2010 data, is the increasing diversity of the U.S. population.

The 2010 Census allowed the reporting of six race categories and any combination of the six, as well as Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.  As these many groups change over time, it is important to be able to track the change as a whole.  To accomplish this, Esri created a proprietary Diversity Index. The Diversity Index is measured on a scale of 0 to 100 and defined as the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area’s entire population belongs to one race group and one ethnic group, then an area has zero diversity. An area’s diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups. It is important to note 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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Crazed by Coupons?

By Catherine Spisszak and Brent Roderick

Have you seen people on television spending hours a day clipping coupons in order to come home with thousands of dollars of groceries for mere cents?  Do you subscribe to online sites that offer daily deals for goods and services in your area at 50% off or more?  Do you read any blogs on how to save money or visit websites to find online coupon codes? 

Couponing is all the rage. Rising gas prices and the struggling economy are forcing people to find new ways to save money.  But television, social media sites, mobile couponing, and blogs are attracting younger and more affluent shoppers to take advantage of these savings. Couponing is not only cost effective, it’s also in style!

How can businesses cash in Continue reading

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Business Search in Community Analyst

 by Sooria Jeyaraman
Community Analyst provides a variety of capabilities to search for businesses, establishments or institutions. You can search for any business type within the application, apply it on the map and use it for further analysis. The two different types of business search mechanisms within Community Analyst are Infogroup and Bing business search. Both search types are available and allow you to choose whichever meets your needs best.
Click on the Explore Community tab and, once the tab opens, you’ll see a search box to the far right in the sub menu. Clicking on the arrow will reveal the the search options. Continue reading

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Esri serves Landsat data

Working in close collaboration with DOI, Esri is pleased to announce the release of the Landsat imagery services. These image services enable fast and easy access to 30 years of Landsat imagery as part of ArcGIS Online. Esri is providing this data (more than 8 TB) on ArcGIS Online and serving it as over 20 different dynamic, multispectral, multitemporal image services that provide access to the full image information content, along with change detection capabilities. In addition, Esri has created web maps and an interactive web application that leverage these image services, providing even greater access.
Check it out at http://www.esri.com/landsat.

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Community Analyst Pricing Now Available

 by Brenda Wolfe

The pricing schedule for Community Analyst is now available.  Three product tiers are available (Basic, Standard, and Standard Plus), as well as deep discounts for multi-user subscription packs.  If you would like to pre-order Community Analyst or get a quote, you can call 800-447-9778.

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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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Hooked on College Hoops with Esri Market Potential Data

By Brent Roderick and Catherine Spisszak

Swish…nothin’ but net! It’s college basketball tournament time in the U.S.!

Joyous yells and anguished howls are heard from basketball fans everywhere as favorites fall, “Cinderellas” emerge, and brackets are destroyed or vindicated.

So where in the U.S. are people watching college basketball on television? 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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