Census Data Workshop: Monday, October 2

Navigating U.S. Census Data Workshop with Eileen Patten 

Eileen Patten presenting at the Census event
Eileen Patten presenting at the Census event

Monday, October 2, join us for a workshop on accessing and using U.S. Census Bureau population and business data to assess your community, explore a topic of interest to you, or just learn more about the United States. U.S. Census data is a treasure trove of information about our country that spans many decades and many topic areas. Did you know you can use the American Community Survey to figure out how many homes in the U.S. have flush toilets? Or the American Time use Survey to find out how many hours Americans spend mowing their lawns?


This workshop will be led by the SUDS Speaker Series Chair, Eileen Patten. She is a second year Master of Science in Public Policy and Management student, specializing in Data Analytics. Before coming to Heinz, Eileen used census data to perform analysis on topics like gender and racial wage gaps, Latino and Asian populations in the U.S., and teen birth rates while working for the “fact tank” Pew Research Center.

Eileen will introduce several tools and surveys, including:

  • Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS-USA): IPUMS-USA collects, preserves, and harmonizes U.S. census microdata and provides easy access to this data with enhanced documentation. Data includes decennial censuses from 1790 to 2010 and American Community Surveys (ACS) from 2000 to the present. Eileen will be working through the IPUMS online tabulator and dataset downloading. You can sign up for an IPUMS account if you want to follow along!
  • American FactFinder: This is the Census Bureau’s main tool for distributing information collected by their programs. Data from the Decennial Census, the Economic Census, the American Community Survey, the American Housing Survey, and many more.
  • QuickFacts: This “is an easy to use application that provides tables, maps, and charts of frequently requested statistics from many Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs”. (QuickFacts)

If you’re interested, make sure you’re registered on EventBrite! The event will be on Monday, October 2 from 4:30-6:00pm in Hamburg Hall, Room 2008.

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