Using Census Data to Understand Things​

The US Census Bureau collects a bounty of data about people in the United States. Come to the next Open Gov Chicago meet up to learn more about how you can use this data.

Joe Germuska will provide a 20,000 feet overview of key Census Bureau products, and then give a tour of Census Reporter. Census Reporter is a Knight News Challenge-funded project to make Census data easy for journalists, but there’s nothing about it that keeps non-journalists from using it. See what it can do and hear about the features which will be implemented in the next few months.

Peter Kamps, a research analyst for the City of Chicago, will talk about some specific cases where Census data helped guide decision making. He’ll explain how the Current Population Survey (CPS) can provide timely estimates of key statistics about Chicago, and he will give a demonstration of a method for adjusting American Community Survey data to the Chicago Community Area level, which can be very useful for understanding our city.

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  • Peter K.

    Hello everyone, as I mentioned in my presentation back in March I am doing a seminar at the University of Chicago on June 16th and June 17th which will provide instruction on how to access Current Population Survey data and ACS data to build effective grant applications and advocacy efforts. The deadline for registration is June 9th.. Here's the link and hope to see you there!

    June 4

  • Cameron

    I likey

    March 28, 2014

  • Tara

    Thanks so much for hosting this! Great seminar. Where can I find the Google Docs that were mentioned with Peter's slides and the chart of community areas by census tract?

    March 26, 2014

  • John H

    Good presentation, but I think with programs like this were it is essentially a demonstration of a tool it would be very helpful to pull somone from the audience and walk them through a hands on demonstration. This would help immeasurably in instilling the skills.

    March 27, 2014

  • Randall B.

    Mike feedback needs to be solved.

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • Laura L.

    Great presentation today. Check out the Chicagoland Broadband Communities Meetup at Our next Meetup is April 1st 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. at the Microsoft Center, 200 East Randolph, suite 200.

    The state of Illinois will discuss their broadband strategy and the Center for Digital Inclusion will present on economic and social impact data tools for broadband networks.

    March 26, 2014

  • Alice F.

    sorry - have to release my seat due to illness

    March 26, 2014

  • Tracy O.

    Same here. It is going to be a long night

    March 26, 2014

  • Sean W.

    I will not be able to make it.

    March 26, 2014

  • Audrey H.

    On deadline so will try live streaming. Will thee be paper handouts? If so , how could I get copies?

    March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll use the live stream option

    March 26, 2014

  • Christopher S. R.

    Plans changed, so giving my place to someone else; wishing you all a fruitful and stimulating time!

    March 26, 2014

  • V E.

    Will this event be streamed?

    March 25, 2014

    • Christopher W.

      It will, I'll post a link to the live steam the day of.

      2 · March 25, 2014

  • Pierre D.

    I'm in DC, but can follow and retweet if this will be streamed online.

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Adam R.

    Best Chicago Meetup.

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Karl F.

    Bummer -- if I didn't have choir rehearsal Wednesday nights, I'd be there.

    March 12, 2014

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