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IDSC 235: Perspectives in Public Health

Prof. Debby Walser-Kuntz -- Fall 2016

Finding Population Data

Population, or demographic data, is often included in other statistical sites.  Political, health, and environmental datasets often include data about the population.

About Census Geographic Data

What's the difference between a Census block and tract? When should you use City boundaries and when should you use Metropolitan Statistical Area (and what's a Micropolitan Statistical Area)?

Population and Demographics data

TIGER/line Shapefiles

TIGER = Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing

TIGER/line shapefiles are the outlines of all the different legal boundaries and names used by the Census Bureau when they collect data.  This includes States, Counties, Cities, Metropolitan Areas, Blocks, Tracts, and more.  They also include roads, rivers, and railroads.