Data Research Handout

Data Research Handout - Mapping a Community Statistical...

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1 Mapping a Community: Statistical Sources Resources for locating demographic and socioeconomic information for a city or neighborhood Why use data? Data could… Be the basis of your research Provide context for the topic, time period, or location of your research Provide additional details related to your research findings Getting Started: New York Times’ Mapping America Mapping America is an interactive database created by the New York Times using the estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005-09 American Community Survey. Distribution of racial and ethnic groups in the USC neighborhood. USC campus outlined in red. 1. Use the search box to navigate to your city or neighborhood. 2. In the sample map (above), the Map Key provides that one dot represents 25 people. For example, there is a noticeable concentration of White and Asian people clustered on-campus and just north of campus (the green and red dots, respectively). The area to the northeast of campus is the least dense (i.e., has the fewest people living there).
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2 3. Click to view additional maps covering race/ethnicity, income, housing, families, and education measures. Additional interactive maps available through New York Times Mapping America. TIP: The New York Times has created an application similar to Mapping America using the 2010 Census data at: While this application includes more recent data (from the 2010 Census of Population), it only provides data on race/ethnicity and occupancy.
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