Category Archives: Geography

Mapping at the U.S. Census Bureau

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Written by: Lisa Sikes and Katy Rossiter When you think of the Census Bureau, you might imagine filling out a census or survey form.  Maybe you think of the billions of statistics and counts that are available. What you may … Continue reading

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How Do We Measure Urban Areas?

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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 extent … Continue reading

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

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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 population … Continue reading

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Why is geography important to the Census Bureau?

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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; we … Continue reading

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What are census blocks?

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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 and … Continue reading

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