In this workshop, participants will learn how to access American Community Survey (ACS) data using two tools: the new data.census.gov platform and the Census Bureau's Application Programming Interface (API). In the first half of the workshop, experts from the Census Bureau will provide an overview of data.census.gov, which is replacing American FactFinder. Participants will learn how to use the system to query data for specific subjects or tables and how to use advanced query features to extract data for multiple geographies. The second half of the workshop will focus on how to access the API, how to identify ACS variables and geographies to build queries, and where to find additional resources.
In addition to the tutorials, participants will have time to work through hands-on exercises—both on data.census.gov and the API—with support from technical experts.
Participants should bring a laptop or tablet to participate in the hands-on portion of the workshop.