Thursday, June 30, 2011

Census Summary File 1 for NC released

Exciting news for data nerds!

The US Census Bureau has released the 2010 Census Summary File 1 (SF1) data for North Carolina. This is the full release of data collected on the 2010 Census to the block level. The 2010 Census Summary File 1 data for North Carolina is available through the new American Factfinder.

And look! It's the UNCG block. And look at all of those gals! Could you tell UNCG is historically a women's college?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Which do I use? Try the HUD data set reference guide

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has created a helpful reference guide on HUD USER. It shows which datasets would have most to least relevance in a particular topic area (such as disabilities or demographics).

As reported by APDU: "The Data Set Reference Guide provides convenient, one-stop access to the original data sets generated by the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), including data from the American Housing Survey, HUD median family income limits, microdata on housing discrimination, the HUD-insured multifamily housing stock, HUD’s assisted housing population, and other housing-related topics. Access the PD&R guide here and a guide to other HUD data sources here."

Here is a screenshot of the PD&R guide:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Updates to IPUMS-International

News for you from the Minnesota Population Center:

The Minnesota Population Center is pleased to announce the latest expansion of the IPUMS-International data series. We recently added 26 new samples. The data release includes 7 new countries -- Germany, Iran, Ireland, Jamaica, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Sudan -- as well as additional samples for 5 countries already in the database: Cambodia, Egypt, France, Palestine and Vietnam. The data series now contains 397 million person records from 185 censuses in 62 countries.

You can get more detail about the latest data release at or go directly to the variable list to see the content of the new samples at The data series can be accessed at

We recently changed the way that users browse variables and make data extracts on our site. We welcome your feedback on this and any other aspect of IPUMS-International.