New data visualization tools are always fun to explore and the newest release from the Census Bureau doesn’t disappoint. In early December, the Census Bureau released a State and County Dashboard – a tool that helps communities view ACS indicators in an interactive mapping environment.
Using the recently released 2016, five-year estimates, the tool allows you to choose a single state or county and click through the following set of 2012-2015 ACS indicators:
- Total population
- Average Household Size
- Percent of Population Below Poverty
- Percent of Foreign Born Population
- Percent of Population with a High School Diploma or Higher
- Mean Travel Time to Work (in minutes)
- Median Age
- Median Home Value
- Median Household Income
- Unemployment Rate
- Veterans (percent of total population)
The tool also shows the data as a comparison across county, state, and national geographies and allows for margin of error displays.
The Community Commons team is working to get the 2012-2016 ACS indicators into our Map Room and Community Health Needs Assessment report and plan to have that available in early February. In the meantime, the State and County Dashboard is a great place to access these data.