Easy Stats: Your Source for Easy-to-Use Data, At Your Fingertips
Written By: Nancy Potok
Yesterday we released Easy Stats, one of the latest web technology tools developed by the U.S. Census Bureau to make our data quicker and easier to access. As its name suggests, Easy Stats provides a user-friendly way to retrieve timely statistics about our nation’s people, places and economy.
The Census Bureau is adding exciting new ways to deliver our data to you, making data more accessible in order to help you make informed decisions in your everyday life. Along with Easy Stats, our website transformation, our newly released mobile application, America’s Economy, and our API, we are transforming the way we deliver data to the public.
Through customer research and feedback, we realized that our visitors to census.gov shouldn’t have to work so hard to find the information and statistics they’re looking for to complete their research, personal projects or business needs. Since then, we’ve been working hard to revamp access to the nation’s crucial statistics.
This easy-to-use portal provides quick access to the wealth of statistics collected by the Census Bureau through the American Community Survey or ACS. Through the innovation of the ACS, every community, every year, receives detailed statistics about its social, economic and housing characteristics. The Census Bureau is the only source of statistics at the local level every year that are consistent across the entire nation, giving even the smallest communities timely information essential for decision-making.
Because this information is so important, I’m delighted that Easy Stats now provides access in three simple steps. All you have to do is choose a topic, select your geography and hit display data. You also will have options to show various breakdowns by race, age, gender, veteran status and various geographic localities. This new interactive tool allows you to view the latest American Community Survey tables; search by geography down to the local level (including incorporated places, like cities and towns, and census designated places); view detailed racial, age and gender breakdowns; and compare communities.
In addition to counting on the Census Bureau for data accuracy and data integrity, Easy Stats enables you to count on the Census Bureau for increasing access to our important statistics.
Whether you are a local business owner writing a loan proposal, a city planner looking ahead to the future or you’re just simply writing a report or exploring your community, Easy Stats will be able to assist.
The Census Bureau is bringing data directly to your fingertips, and we invite you to discover your community today with Easy Stats.
While we continue these innovative and user-focused improvements, we hope you’ll provide feedback and share with us how you use these products to help you find the data you need. We’ve made it even easier to share feedback online and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for an update on our next mobile app, “Dwellr,” which will provide another way of putting American Community Survey statistics at your fingertips.
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @uscensusbureau for the latest updates, news and statistics about our changing nation’s people, places and economy.