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Esri's package of Census 2010 data combines data from the PL94-171 Redistricting file and variables from Summary File 1 (SF-1). So that users can perform more accurate analyses, Esri offers the Census 2010 data in a variety of nonstandard geographies, such as ZIP Codes and user-defined polygons, including drive times, rings, and hand-drawn trade areas. These geographies are not available from the Census Bureau. Esri also provides the Census 2010 data for standard census geographies such as states, counties, census tracts, and block groups. Esri's Census 2010 data includes demographic categories, such as population, age, race/Hispanic origin, household type, tenure and mortgage status, group quarters, families, average household size, and much more.
Important demographic changes, such as increased population diversity, rising home vacancy rates, and differences in family/household size, occurred between 2000 and 2010. These and other changes can significantly impact a community's viability. Agencies, companies, and organizations can use Esri's Census 2010 data to learn about these types of changes in their areas.
Using Esri's Census 2010 data in nonstandard geographies enables analysts to obtain a more accurate demographic profile of their trade areas. For example, if more families with children have moved into an area, agencies can determine if the community has enough housing, schools, and services to support an increased number of large households. Maps of the area can quickly confirm that needed services are in the best locations to reach the most people.
Companies will find the Census 2010 information invaluable when deciding to expand or relocate. After analyzing the population demographically, mapping the trade area by drive times can determine if a current or proposed location will be convenient for most consumers. Organizations that provide services to seniors can determine if an area has a sizable senior population and if services are available and conveniently located. Further analysis can reveal racially and ethnically diverse populations that may require different types of services. Mapping the service area by hand-drawn shapes can show the relationship of public transportation routes to populations and service locations.
To learn more about Esri Census 2010 data, visit esri.com/census2010data or call 1-800-447-9778.
Urban Policy and the Census
Heather MacDonald and Alan Peters, authors of the Esri Press book Urban Policy and the Census, discuss the use of GIS in analyzing demographic trends in urban planning. Listen to the podcast. [11:00 | 10 MB]