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Geography Awareness Week: November 14-18, 2022

Press Release Number CB22-SFS.154

GIS Day: November 16, 2022

From National Geographic, creator of Geography Awareness Week: “Each year more than 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week. Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Each third week of November, students, families and community members focus on the importance of geography by hosting events; using lessons, games, and challenges in the classroom; and often meeting with policymakers and business leaders. Geography Awareness Week is supported by access to materials and resources for teachers, parents, community activists, and all geographically minded global citizens.”

From Esri, the company behind GIS Day: “Participate in the international celebration of GIS technology. GIS is a scientific framework for gathering, analyzing, and visualizing geographic data to help us make better decisions. On GIS Day, help others learn about geography and the real-world applications of GIS that are making a difference in our society. It's a chance for you to share your accomplishments and inspire others to discover and use GIS.”

Photo: Woman with a geography map

Key Stats

From Our Surveys & Programs > Geography Program:

Geography is central to the work of the U.S. Census Bureau, providing the framework for survey design, sample selection, data collection, tabulation, and dissemination. Geography provides meaning and context to statistical data.

Note: Click on the image above for the full interactive 2020 Census Demographic Data Map Viewer website.

More Stats

From Our Surveys & Programs > Geography Program > Data > Interactive Maps:

Work with interactive mapping tools from across the U.S. Census Bureau. Tools listed in alphabetical order.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | International Programs Center | International Database.

Note: Click on the image above to go to the interactive IDB map. The “Map” tab offers selections for Measure (Population, Fertility, Life Expectancy, etc.), Country/Area, and Year.

Source: 2021 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates. 

Note: The table above is modified to focus on occupations related to geography and GIS. Click on the image for the full table with more than 550 occupations.

From Our Surveys & Programs > Economic Census:

The economic census typically produces data for the following levels of geography: National, States, Metro Areas, Counties, Places, and some regional data. Other economic programs produce those data plus additional geographies such as Zip Code, Divisions, and Commodity Flow Survey Metro Areas.

The role of GIS in the 2020 Census:

GIS was crucial to a successful 2020 Census at all stages: establishing where to count, inviting all households to participate, engaging local organizations and the public as partners, motivating people to respond, and following up with those who did not respond. Here are two videos about the 2020 Census created by Esri:

From the Census Library:

From Census.gov / Data / Census Academy:

From Statistics in Schools > Activities:

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