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PAM 3250/SOC 3250: Neighborhoods, Housing and Urban Policy (Fall 2017): Step 5: Choose your variables

Introduction to using and understanding the US Census and American Community Survey. It includes a Social Explorer tutorial to help you generate data tables and create maps.

Choose variables

How do I know which table to choose?

For this assignment, you have been asked to choose five statistics about your census tract and county.  While the tables in the drop-down have titles that indicate the topics covered in the table, it is sometimes unclear on which tables certain statistics will be found.  Below are some clues for where to look:

  • Percent female-headed households with children under 18:  Choose "Households by presences of people under 18 years by household type" from the ACS tables.
  • Race/ethnic composition:  Try the table titled "Race" from the Census 2010 or ACS tables.
  • Percent owner-occupied housing units: Choose the 'Tenure' table (T94) from the ACS tables.
  • Percent unemployed:  Try "Employment status for total population 16 years and over" or one of the unemployment tables from the ACS.
  • Percent in professional and related occupations:  Try the ACS table called "Occupation For Employed Civilian Population 16 Years And Over"
  • Median household income:  Look for the "Median household income" tables in ACS.
  • Percent families below the poverty level: Try the table called "Poverty Status In 2015 Of Families By Family Type By Presence Of Children Under 18 Years" from ACS.

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