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#182 Using data from the American Community Survey



The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing statistical survey run by the U.S. Census Bureau. It contains data about U.S. residents on ancestry, educational attainment, income, language proficiency, migration, disability, employment, and housing characteristics, just to name a few.

The ACS holds so much data, in fact, that it can be intimidating to use. To help out with that Chicago data experts Rob Paral, Joe Germuska and Nina Sandlin will give us an intro, as well as practical tips on accessing and using this data.

  • Nina will introduce us to the ACS and show off a few examples of its use.

  • Rob will share tips on extracting data from the American Fact Finder for his work in describing Chicago community areas.

  • And Joe will give an overview of what kind of data is (and isn’t) in the ACS and how to use the Census Reporter tool.


No event on Nov 24th We’ll be taking Thanksgiving week off, but we’ll see you on Dec 1st!

Bring snacks! If you’re looking for a new way to contribute to our group, feel free to bring snacks to share! Snack providers will receive hugs and stickers!


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