Category Archives: Geography

How Do We Measure Urban Areas?

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Tweet Written By: Michael Ratcliffe If you have looked out the window of a plane while flying over the United States, you no doubt have seen areas that are clearly built-up and densely settled and areas that are not. The … Continue reading

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U.S. Census Bureau Releases 2010 Guide to State and Local Census Geography

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Tweet Written by: Katy Rossiter, Geographer, Geography Division, US Census Bureau Have you ever wondered how many counties are in Michigan? (63!) Or, what the largest city in Wyoming is?¬† (Cheyenne!)¬† Did you know that Montpelier, Vermont has the smallest … Continue reading

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Why is geography important to the Census Bureau?

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Tweet Katy Rossiter, Geographer, US Census Bureau Geography is at the heart of taking a census. The U.S. Census Bureau is tasked with counting everyone in the United States once every ten years, but we do not just count people; … Continue reading

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What are census blocks?

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Tweet Written by: Katy Rossiter, Geographer, US Census Bureau Census blocks are: – Statistical areas bounded by visible features such as roads, streams, and railroad tracks, and by nonvisible boundaries such as property lines, city, township, school district, county limits … Continue reading

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Visualizing Data with OnTheMap for Emergency Management

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Tweet The Census Bureau released OnTheMap for Emergency Management¬†Version 2.0 today, the beginning of the 2011 hurricane season. Version 2.0 adds floods and wildfires to hurricanes which was released last year. OnTheMap for Emergency Management is a public data tool … Continue reading

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