The library has licensed a new resource which provides provides quick and easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information.
From the description:
The easy-to-use web interface lets users create maps and reports to better illustrate, analyze and understand demography and social change. In addition to being a comprehensive data resource, Social Explorer also offers features and tools to meet the needs of both demography experts and novices. From research libraries to classrooms to the front page of the New York Times, Social Explorer is helping people engage with society and science.
- Provides easy access to current and historical demographic data:
- Including over 40 billion data elements, 200,000 variables and more than 18,000 interactive maps from 1790 to 2010.
- The entire US Census from 1790 to 2000, plus the first 2010 census data release.
- All annual updates from the American Community Survey.
- InfoGroup data on religious congregations for the United States for 2009, including maps for counties, and special census areas, as well as point maps of the actual congregation locations (to be updated yearly).
- The Religious Congregations and Membership Study (RCMS) from 1980 to 2000. (To be updated in 2012.)
- Carbon Emissions Data for 2002 from the Vulcan Project.
- Creates thematic and interactive maps that make it easy to visually explore all historical and modern US census data across the centuries and even down to street level detail where available.
- Creates reports at all geographic levels including the state, county, census tract, block group, zip code and census place (where the data exist).