Category Archives: U.S. Census Update

Data Gems – Census Data

The U.S. Census Bureau page states these new video features best:

Our team of experts is excited to share with you their favorite tips and tricks about how to access and use Census Bureau Data.

So we created the Data Gems:  a series of “how-to” videos available for data users who are looking for an easy and quick way to enhance their knowledge of Census data.

They will introduce you to various concepts and techniques to improve your ability to navigate our website and use our data-access tools.

We hope you find these Gems valuable! Drop us a line at and let us know what you think!

The image below lists all but one video on the site. To access them click on Data Gems.

Images of 20 videos available on Data Gems - U.S. Census

Twenty of twenty-one videos available to learn how to access data specific to your region.

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Virginia 2016 & 2017 Census Estimates

The links and images on this post pertain to the state of Virginia, U.S. Click on Virginia American Community Survey 2016 estimate for the 126 page pdf document for Virginia and all Virginia counties and major cities. Counties are listed in alphabetical order.

Image of Virginia demographics in the 2017 one-year estimates of population, median household income, persons in poverty, high school graduates, persons without insurance, median housing values, total housing units, number of companies, male median income, female median income, and veterans.

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Statistics about women in the labor force

From the U.S. Census Bureau (March, 2015)

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Census Bureau released some fascinating statistics about women in the United States. But, fascinating doesn’t necessarily translate into positive.

The stats include the persistent wage gap that shows women still make just 78 cents to every dollar earned by men as well as the significant disparity of the representation of women in STEM (science technology education, and math), such as in careers like computer programmers, physicians and surgeons, lawyers and judges, police officers, and civil engineers.

These harsh inequality facts are among the reasons why many agencies and the White House [in 2015] have committed to creating more opportunities in STEM (ScienceTechnologyEngineeringMath) for women and girls.


Click on this link to the U.S. Census Bureau to the article,  FFF Women’s History Month, March 2015.

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U.S. Census Update for Virginia: 2006 – 2007

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Finding American Community Survey Data in American FactFinder:

  • Click on this link (
  • For the New User: Type in your city/town or county to access a fact sheet with the newest data from ACS. Fact sheets have selected general, social, economic, and housing characteristics. The fact sheet defaults to the latest data available for the geographic area. There are 2006 data available for population areas over 65,000. Additional tables and maps are available in the people and housing sections.
  • For the experienced User: Experienced users will want to go straight to the detailed results of the ACS by accessing Data Sets then American Community Survey.
    • Data Profiles – Highlights demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics along with a narrative summary for all geographies.
    • Selected Population Profiles – View highlighted characteristics for race, ethnic, and ancestry groups that meet a population threshold a the national and state levels.
    • Ranking Tables – compare key indicators across available states.
    • Subject Tables – See more detail on frequently requested information for a single geographic area.
    • Detailed Tables – Access hundreds of data tables indexed by topic and available geography.
    • Geographic Comparison Tables – Compare data across available geographies in the same table (i.e., all the available counties in a state by topic).
    • Thematic Maps – Develop customized maps that reveal geographic data patterns for dozens of themes
    • Reference Maps – View boundaries and identifiers of a selected geographic area.
    • Download Center – Download up to 50 selected tables or whole data sets where available.

Regional Office Contact: Charlotte – 1-800 – 331 -7360

Wayne Hatcher, 704-424-6400

or contact the Census Bureau’s Customer Services Center at 301-763-INFO or 1-800-923-8282