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Census Bureau API Lets Developers Create Custom Apps
The U.S. Census Bureau launched a new online service that makes key demographic, socioeconomic, and housing statistics more accessible than ever before. The Census Bureau’s first-ever public Application Programming Interface (API) allows developers to design web and mobile apps to explore or learn more about America’s changing population and economy.
The new API lets developers customize Census Bureau statistics into web or mobile apps that provide users quick and easy access from two popular sets of statistics:
- 2010 Census (Summary File 1), which includes detailed statistics on population, age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, household relationship, and owner/renter status, for a variety of geographic areas down to the level of census tracts and blocks.
- 2006-2010 American Community Survey (5-year estimates), which includes detailed statistics on a rich assortment of topics (education, income, employment, commuting, occupation, housing characteristics and more) down to the level of census tracts and block groups.
The 2010 Census and the American Community Survey statistics provide key information on the nation, neighborhoods, and areas in between. By providing annual updates on population changes, the survey helps communities plan for schools, social and emergency services, highway improvements, and economic developments.
The Census Bureau also launched a website for developers to provide feedback and ideas on the API. The website includes an “app gallery” where the public can view and download Web apps that have already been created:
- Age Finder—Users have the flexibility to get a count of the population for a single year of age or for a customized age range by sex, race, and Hispanic origin for states, counties, and places.
- Poverty Status in the Past 12 Months by Sex by Age—Users can get the poverty rate for counties in New York by sex and multiple age groups in an app developed by the Program on Applied Demographics at Cornell University.
Developers can access the API online and share ideas through the Census Bureau’s Developers Forum.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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