Census.gov and Online Mapping Platforms
The Census Bureau offers rich, longitudinal, geocoded data on health and its social determinants. In this workshop we’ll navigate Census.gov to find public-use data releases, technical documentation, and questionnaires for any Census Bureau survey. We’ll discuss key concepts for working with census data, including census geographies and the sampling implications of ACS 1-, 3-, and 5-year estimates. You’ll try out American Fact Finder to work with tables and maps, and you’ll compare it to licensed online mapping tools like SimplyMap, PolicyMap, or SocialExplorer. When you leave this workshop, you’ll be able to leverage this rich public-use data, and you can make an informed decision about which mapping platform is right for you.