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New Interactive Tools Make Finding Data Faster, Easier

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, is it also worth a thousand data points and the stories those data tell?   

The U.S. Census Bureau is betting it is. Charts and maps are nothing new for the nation’s leading source of data about our people and economy. For more than a decade, the Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics has given users the ability to zoom in on local jobs data.

We’re expanding that capability.  

Interactive charts and maps allow you to drill down to the data that matters to you — data about your town, your age group, your data interests.   

“We release about 11 billion new estimates from the American Community Survey every year, covering more than half a million separate geographies,” said Jennifer Ortman, an assistant division chief with the American Community Survey Office. “It can be overwhelming. Visualizations make it easier to find patterns in the data and get what you need.”

Interactive upgrades:

To see more, visit our interactive maps and data visualizations pages.

Shelly Hedrick is special assistant in the U.S. Census Bureau's Communications Directorate.


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