Best Resources for US Demographics

December 22, 2011 General, Research

Best Resources for US Demographics

By Julia Salem

Updated: January 16, 2012

Anyone who has attempted to search for information about specific demographics in the US can appreciate how difficult it can be to find the exact stats needed. The following is a list of some of the best resources Oxford Tech + UX has used for various types of demographics research.

Source: map of median age in the NYC Area.

  • Social Explorer This award-winning web application, from Oxford University Press, lets you interact with demographics data visually through maps and reports. The data provided includes over 18,000 maps, hundreds of profile reports, 40 billion data elements, 335,000 variables and 220 years of data. The data comes from the Census data (from 1790 to 2010), American Community Survey (all), Religion data (InfoGroup 2009 and RCMS 1980 to 2000) and Carbon emissions (Vulcan Project). Social Explorer is an essential tool for any organization in need of good demographics data. The application is currently offering a free 30-day trial for any institution or organization.
  • City-Data This website has been featured in over 100 books, on CNN and numerous other news organizations. Information included on the site includes city photos, real estate graphs and trends, geographical data and numerous types of demographics data. This data can be found on the site for both bigger and smaller cities.
  • CensusScope Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN), a university-based organization, designed, developed and programmed CensusScope to make data accessible to educators, policymakers and citizens. The site provides charts & trends, maps, rankings and various types of segregated data.
  • United States Census Bureau Most of the demographics data in the sites listed above was originally found here. The US Census Bureau provides all types of demographics, population & housing, economic, government and community data. At times, some of this information can be difficult to interpret, which explains why there are so many sources, like the ones above, attempting to analyze the data in a more visually appealing way. This is the best source to use if your company is looking for some raw data to crunch directly from the original source.

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