Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Introduction to US Census Data Workshop

How many people live in my neighborhood? How many Americans have a  college degree? Which counties have the highest percentage of public transit users? What is the composition of the population or labor force by age and sex for my city or town? These questions and many more can be answered by the census. More than just a ten-year population count, the US Census is a vast ecosystem of datasets that can be used for describing places and groups of people. Understanding how the census is organized and knowing which sources to use are the keys for unlocking these valuable datasets.

This remote Zoom session includes a presentation that provides a conceptual overview of the census, so you can learn to choose the best data and sources for answering your specific research questions, and live demonstrations of several publicly available tools for accessing data. Basic sources for looking up stats and getting a broad profile for an area, as well as more advanced tools like for generating detailed comparison tables will be demonstrated. Participants will have the opportunity to ask specific questions related to their research.

Frank Donnelly is the instructor for this session. He is the author of Exploring the US Census: Your Guide to America's Data.

Eligibility and Prerequisites

You are eligible to register for the workshop if you are a:

  • Current Baruch undergraduate student (including Macaulay Honors affiliates)
  • Current CUNY graduate student
  • Current CUNY faculty or staff member

All participants must:

  • Be completely comfortable and configured to use Zoom. Tech support cannot be provided by the instructor.

Registration and Dates

Registration is capped at 20 participants, to insure that everyone has the opportunity to fully participate and ask questions. Participants are not required to show their images on video, but are required to identify themselves by name. The sessions will not be recorded.

  • Friday Oct 2: 10am-11:30am (Registration for this session is CLOSED)
  • Friday Nov 20: 10am-11:30am

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Course Materials

** Workshop Slides **

The instructor will demonstrate the following census data sources during this session:

Supplementary materials:

Geospatial Data Librarian

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Frank Donnelly
Newman Library
151 E 25th Street
Box H-0520
New York, NY 10010