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Mobile Apps

Our users are not only changing how they want our statistics, they’re changing how they access them. To increase and improve access to our statistics, the Census Bureau is providing mobile apps that deliver information when and where you need it.

dwellr

City or country? Bike or drive to work? Beach or mountains? Download the U.S. Census Bureau’s dwellr app today to discover the top 25 U.S. cities and towns that best fit your lifestyle. Whether you prefer the bright lights of the big city or wide open spaces, dwellr powers your phone with neighborhood-level statistics on topics such as home values, education, and how people get to work so that you can explore where you want to dwell. Once you’ve found your dream neighborhood, take dwellr with you wherever you go.

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See how Phil and friends use dwellr on Groundhog Day. [PDF 6.2 MB]

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Features on dwellr:

  • Uses your preferences to create a list of top 25 places and gives you information about each one.
  • Uses the GPS feature in your phone to provide you with statistics for your current location.
  • Uses statistics that are powered by the American Community Survey, which provides information on more than 40 topics for every neighborhood in the nation, ranging from education to commuting.
  • Share the app with your friends so that they can find their 25 ideal places.

The dwellr app is just one example of how the Census Bureau is following the Digital Government Strategy by making its statistics more available anywhere, anytime and in any place. The Census Bureau does not collect or retain any information using this application. All information is stored only on your phone.

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Source data tables. Full tables are available in the American FactFinder online tool and can also be accessed through the Census API.

The dwellr app uses the following tables from the American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates:

Total Population
B01001.  Sex by Age

Relationship status
B12001.  Sex by Marital Status for the Population 15 Years and over

Dream job
C24020.  Sex by Occupation for the Full-Time, Year-Round Civilian Employed Population 16 Years and Over
B24021.  Occupation by Median Earnings for the Full-Time, Year-Round Civilian Employed Pop 16+ Yrs

College grads ages 18 to 34
B15001.  Sex by Age by Educational Attainment for the Population 18 Years and Over

Families with children
B11003.  Family Type by Presence and Age of Own Children Under 18 Years

Older adults 65+
B01001.  Sex by Age

Friends’ age and education
B01001.  Sex by Age
B15001.  Sex by Age by Educational Attainment for the Population 18 Years and Over

Commute
B08006.  Sex of Workers by Means of Transportation to Work

Median housing value
B25077.  Median Value (Dollars) for Owner-Occupied Housing Units

Race and Ethnicity
B02001.  Race
B03002.  Hispanic or Latino by Race

Technical Information

Geographic Categories:
The app uses the following categories. These are used to help obtain selections within dwellr and are not official Census Bureau classifications.

Big City:  Any incorporated place or census designated place with a population of 500,000 or more. This category also includes places with a population of 350,000 or more that are within an urbanized area with a population of 1,000,000 or more.

Mid-Size City:  Any place with a population of at least 100,000 and less than 500,000 and also a principal city of a metro area. This category may also include places that are not principal cities of metro areas in cases where all places within an urban area would otherwise be classified as suburb.

Small City:  Any place with population of at least 40,000 and less than 100,000 and also a principal city of a metro area. This category includes Maricopa, AZ, and may also include places that are not principal cities of metro areas in cases where all places within an urban area would otherwise be classified as suburb.

Suburb:  any place partially or entirely within an urbanized area and not classified as a big city, mid-size city, or small city.

Small Town or Rural:  any remaining place not identified as any of the four categories above and having a population of at least 5,000 and less than 40,000.

Unrounded data are used to compute all derived values. However, for readability, percentages are rounded to the nearest whole percent. In some cases, zero percent may indicate a percentage less than .5 percent.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Center for New Media and Promotions | (301) 763-5716 | Last Revised: April 03, 2014