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Congressional Districts

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  1. Hello and welcome to this U.S. Census Bureau tutorial.
  2. In this video, we will demonstrate how to access median income information for congressional districts using statistics from the American Community Survey. State and local leaders use information from ACS statistics to determine the needs of their communities, such as where to build new roads, schools, hospitals, offices, and community centers.
  3. For this exercise, we will choose Pennsylvania and look for congressional district- level statistics containing median income information for households, families, including characteristics by race and Hispanic origin.
  4. To begin, go to census.gov.  The census.gov site may have been updated or modified since this tutorial was published. For online assistance please contact 1-800-923-8282.    place your mouse over the “Data” tab in the header line at the top of the page, then click on American FactFinder. This directs you to the American FactFinder home page.
  5. From the American FactFinder home page, there are various ways to start your search. For this example, we will start with by clicking the “Topics” tab located to the left of your screen under the “Your Selections” box.
  6. The “Select Topics” window will open.  In this window, click “People” to view the various topics available for that category.  Once this folder expands, select “Income & Earnings”, then select “Income/Earnings (Household).” The “Your Selections” box will then be updated to reflect your selections.
  7. Staying in the topics window, scroll down and select Dataset. When this topic expands, click on the 2010 ACS 1-year estimates to further refine your search results. Check “Your Selections” box for the new update. Then, close the “Select Topics” window.
  8. We chose the 1-year estimates since we are analyzing a large population area and it will provide the most current statistics. Also the 1-year estimates is the only way to view statistics collected during a specific Congress. For additional information on distinguishing when to use the ACS 1, 3, or 5 year estimates, visit the ACS web site at the URL on the screen.
  9. Next, click on the “Geographies” tab. The “Select Geographies” window will open.
  10. Under the “List” tab, click on the “select a geographic type” drop down box and select “Congressional District – 111th Congress”.
  11. Next, from the “Select a state” drop down box, click on Pennsylvania.
  12. Next, from the “Select one or more geographic areas” box, click and highlight “ All Congressional Districts for Pennsylvania.”
  13. Click  “ADD TO YOUR SELECTIONS.”  All Congressional Districts for Pennsylvania will update and display in the Your Selections box.
  14. Next, close the “Select Geographies” window.
  15. From the tables listed in the “Search Results,” check table title for S1903, “Median Income in the Past 12 Months (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars).”
  16. If you’re not sure this is the table you want to view, click on the “i” button in the “About” column on the right of the table. This displays the table shell minus the estimates, in a separate internet window. 
  17. Close the information window to continue your search on the Search Results page.
  18. On the Search Results page, either scroll up or down to select a different table or click “View.”  Your “Results” page displays your selection.
  19. Congratulations!   You have completed this U.S. Census Bureau tutorial in which we captured median income statistics by congressional districts using the American Community Survey.  To see what other income statistics are available, go to census.gov/hhes/income/ or from census.gov/people select Income.
  20. For additional assistance, contact our Customer Service Center at 1-800-923-8282.   You can go to ask.census.gov to see a list of frequently asked questions or chat with a live operator.   You can also email us a question to ask.census.gov.  
  21. The U.S. Census Bureau, Measuring America - People, Places and Our Economy.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Customer Liaison and Marketing Services Office | 301- 763-4308 or clmso.training@census.gov |  Last Revised: December 10, 2012