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Praise for Guide to the Census

"Frank Bass is a Census expert without equal. From his telling of the first Census in 1790 (no, he didn't cover it!), Frank provides a masterful account of America's once-a-decade nose-counting. Frank has taught the secrets of Census reporting to literally hundreds of reporters. Now he gives everyone the special Bass primer on how to read between the lines and decipher the dense demographic language of the country's most important statistical ...

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Overview

Praise for Guide to the Census

"Frank Bass is a Census expert without equal. From his telling of the first Census in 1790 (no, he didn't cover it!), Frank provides a masterful account of America's once-a-decade nose-counting. Frank has taught the secrets of Census reporting to literally hundreds of reporters. Now he gives everyone the special Bass primer on how to read between the lines and decipher the dense demographic language of the country's most important statistical abstract."
—Sandy Johnson, former Associated Press bureau chief in Washington

"Guide to the Census provides an essential road map through the riches offered by the Census. Bass is the perfect guide and pulls off the near-impossible: he digs deeply into the data and explores complicated concepts while making the whole experience entertaining."
—Mark Horvit, executive director, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)

"The U.S. Census Bureau gathers a trove of newsworthy data year-round, yet still too few journalists know how to mine it for stories. Veteran data reporter Frank Bass has gathered just about everything that anyone who needs to use demographics should understand into this very readable, well-organized, clearly illustrated, and highly informative guide. I've worked with Census data for decades, and I confess I learned a lot while reading it."
—Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism, Arizona State University

"Frank Bass has been my go-to expert in Census, computer-assisted reporting, and journalism in general for years. He excels in clarity and precision, whether he's explaining a complex story to the reader or guiding journalists to work with dense databases. Frank continues that role in Guide to the Census, leading you through the significance of Census information and the best practices of using the no-longer-overwhelming data. If you're going to use Census data, read this book and keep it close at hand!"
—Jeff Porter, special projects director, Association of Health Care Journalists

"Uncovering golden nuggets of information using Census data can be a daunting task. You can select reported data and just touch the surface of what it implies or try to dive deeper for more meaningful results. But help has arrived from Frank Bass, who provides a fresh approach and shares the latest techniques to help you gain greater insights from Census data. And with his deep historical research of this decennial event, Guide to the Census is also a must-read for students of American history and political science."
—Paul Kent, Vice President, Big Data, SAS

"The Annual Community Survey now joins the U.S. decennial Census as an essential resource for tracking population and housing shifts in America. This comprehensive guide draws on Frank Bass's extensive experience to highlight how to mine each to their greatest advantage. It is well designed for analysts in the business and policy worlds as well as the general public."
—William H. Frey, Demographer and Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

"Guide to the Census is a clear, concise, easy-to-understand primer for policymakers and business leaders who want a comprehensive source about the intersection of population and socioeconomic trends in the United States."
—Susan Goldberg, executive editor, Bloomberg News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118328019
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Series: Bloomberg Financial Series , #581
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Bass is an award-winning journalist who has used Census data for more than three decades. He is the author of The Associated Press Guide to Internet Research and Reporting, and he has lectured extensively about demographic research throughout the United States. Bass was the lead news manager for the AP's coverage of the 2000 Census. He joined Bloomberg in 2010 and is a data editor for Bloomberg News in New York. He was also the data editor for coverage of the 2010 Census for the State and Municipality team as well as a consultant for the Projects and Investigations team. Bass has worked at the Wall Street Journal, the Houston Post (where he was the 1994 Texas Headliners Foundation Reporter of the Year) and the Alabama Journal, where he shared the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for General News Reporting.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

PART I: GUIDE TO THE DECENNIAL CENSUS

CHAPTER 1 The Evolution of the Census 3

Who Relies on the Census? 5

Understanding the Current Census 11

Following Census Results 13

Conclusion 14

Notes 15

CHAPTER 2 Understanding Census Geography 17

Narrowing Geographical Scope 18

Working with Standard Geographies 20

Avoiding Geographic Confusion 22

Working with Very Small Geographies 25

Conclusion 28

Notes 28

CHAPTER 3 Understanding Basic Census Counts 29

Determining Political Representation 30

Creating Political Boundaries 31

Understanding the Fundamentals of Redistricting Files 33

Analyzing Age, Gender, and Detailed Race Data 35

Conclusion 37

Notes 38

CHAPTER 4 Analyzing Critical Relationships 41

Understanding Household Relationships 42

Digging Deeper into Household Relationships 45

Making Sense of Summary File 2 46

Notes 48

CHAPTER 5 Working with Housing Data 49

Grasping the Basics of Housing 50

Understanding Populations within Households 52

Conclusion 54

Notes 55

CHAPTER 6 Analyzing Race and Ethnicity 57

Understanding Emerging Groups 58

Analyzing Tribal Affiliations 62

Conclusion 63

Notes 68

PART II: THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY

CHAPTER 7 Using the American Community Survey 71

Resolving Expensive Data Collection 72

Understanding Potential Weaknesses 74

Modifying Future Surveys 74

Conclusion 76

Notes 77

CHAPTER 8 Making Sense of Housing 79

Comparing ACS Housing Data with Decennial Census 80

Assessing Populations with Housing Data 81

Using Ancillary Figures for Insight 84

Conclusion 85

Notes 87

CHAPTER 9 Learning about Education 89

Correlating Education and Economic Achievement 90

Discovering Geographic Patterns in Educational Attainment 92

Assessing Strengths and Shortcomings of ACS Education Data 97

Conclusion 99

Notes 102

CHAPTER 10 Speaking the Languages 103

Speaking the Language 104

Conclusion 110

Notes 110

CHAPTER 11 Working with Occupations 111

Understanding Types of Jobs 112

Analyzing Specific Occupations 113

Analyzing Military Service 117

Conclusion 120

Notes 120

CHAPTER 12 Analyzing Transportation Trends 123

Establishing Vehicle Use 124

Determining Commuting Patterns 124

Gauging the Importance of Commuting Patterns 128

Conclusion 131

Notes 131

CHAPTER 13 Assessing Income 133

Understanding Income Variability 134

Measuring Poverty 135

Assessing Income Distribution 139

Conclusion 143

Notes 144

CHAPTER 14 Analyzing Health Data 145

Understanding Types of Health Insurance 146

Parsing Disability Data 146

Understanding Nutrition Data 148

Overlooking an Obvious Health Data Point 150

Conclusion 152

Notes 152

PART III: RESOURCES

APPENDIX A Using American FactFinder 157

APPENDIX B Using Raw Data Files 171

APPENDIX C Glossary of Census Terms 197

APPENDIX D Online Resources 221

APPENDIX E Mapping Census Data 225

APPENDIX F Comparing Census and American Community Survey Characteristics 231

About the Website 235

About the Author 237

Index 239

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