July 31, 2021

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Interactive Data Hub in Response to COVID-19

From the U.S. Census:

Today the U.S. Census Bureau released a new resource page on census.gov to help federal agencies, businesses and communities make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to the Census Bureau’s resource pages created during natural disasters, this resource page includes information on population demographics, economic indicators and businesses.

It features a new interactive data hub that centralizes data previously released from the American Community Survey and the County Business Patterns program to facilitate users’ access to data useful in pandemic-related decision-making. The data hub, released as a beta version, will be updated periodically as the situation changes and as feedback is received from users.

The data hub provides four interactive features:

  • The COVID-19 Impact Report allows users to browse dashboards with demographic and business data for the nation, states and counties. Information is presented in an interactive visualization that allows for further exploration and downloading.
  • The Demographic and Economic Analysis feature provides selected statistics in an interactive map that can be incorporated into users’ own maps.
  • The Highlighted Datasets allow users to access even more of these key data in an interactive map that includes further details down to the census tract level.
  • The Categorical Datasets search allows users to select a data theme and to find and download (in map service and Excel formats) the census data that interests them.

The data hub also includes direct links to other Census Bureau data tools that provide additional information to guide decision-making, and links to Centers for Disease Control data on COVID-19 cases. The hub was built in collaboration with the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).

Direct to New Interactive Data Hub (via U.S. Census)

Also New From U.S. Census: New Census Surveys Provide Near Real-Time Info on Households, Businesses During COVID-19

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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