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Advancing Equity with Data
Advancing Equity with Data

Advancing Equity with Data

Data for Equity

The Census Bureau is committed to producing data that depict an accurate portrait of America, including its underserved communities. Some of our data equity services include:

  • Demographic Data: We provide a wealth of data by key demographic variables such as race, ethnicity, sex, disability, income, and veteran status to help measure equity. These data are often by geography, which provides meaning and context to the statistical data, and can identify rural and underserved communities. Explore demographic data with our data tools such as data.census.gov.

  • Data Tools: We supply a variety of data tools that help the public and policy makers understand the issues surrounding inequities and enable them to propose effective, data-based solutions.

  • Public Assistance Program Metrics: Among other uses, Census Bureau data can provide metrics to show public assistance programs’ progress and outcomes.

  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity Measurement: We use several approaches to measure the racial and ethnic diversity of the U.S. population, including the diversity index, prevalence rankings, the diffusion score, and a series of prevalence maps.

  • Data Education: A major part of our mission is to educate the public, policy makers, and stakeholders on what data we have available and how to use them. To empower data users with understandable, accurate, and timely information and the knowledge to use it, we invite you to:  

    • Explore our online Census Academy for upcoming webinars and on-demand data training.
    • Browse our Data Equity Library with its online collection of equity-related data visualizations, infographics, photos, audio, video, working papers and more.

Census Bureau data are valuable assets that can be used by policymakers and the public to advance equity.

Data Tools

The ACCESS BROADBAND Dashboard displays maps for users to assess economic conditions in areas with changes in broadband availability and adoption.
Data Tool
Census Business Builder (CBB)
Census Business Builder offers small business owners selected Census Bureau & other statistics to guide their research for opening or expanding their business.
Community Resilience Estimates (CRE) Tools
The CRE provide easily understood metrics for how socially vulnerable every neighborhood is to the impacts of disasters and other stressors.
Data Tool
Digital Equity Act Population Viewer
Interactive collection of maps that highlight various demographics and broadband internet availability and adoption by state.
Data Tool
EDA (Economic Development Administration)-Census Poverty Status Viewer
This interactive tool measures high poverty areas and persistent poverty counties using data from the American Community Survey, SAIPE, and decennial census.
Data Tool
Emergency Management Hub
This portal provides quick access to demographic, economic, and resilience information for areas impacted by the latest significant emergency events in the U.S.
Experimental Data Product
Household Pulse Survey
The Household Pulse Survey is designed to deploy quickly, and efficiently collect data on emergent social and economic matters facing U.S. households.
Data Tool
Income and Poverty Interactive Data Tool
An interactive application for exploring data from the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program.
Data Tool
Local Employment Dynamics
The LED Partnership leverages existing data in the development of new sources of economic and demographic information for policy makers and data users.
Data Tool
My Community Explorer
This tool combines select demographic, business, and resilience data to help users identify potentially underserved areas of their state, county, and community.
Data Tool
My Community Explorer for Puerto Rico
Interactive map-based tool with demographic & socioeconomic data showing capacity of individuals & households to absorb stresses of the impacts of a disaster.
Data Tool
Opportunity Atlas
Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty?
Data Tool
QuickFacts provides frequently requested Census Bureau information at the national, state, county, and city level.
Data Tool
Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM)
The ROAM application was developed to make it easier to identify hard-to-survey areas.

Recent News

America Counts: Data Equity Stories

Exploring Undercount of Young Children in 2020 Census by County
New experimental analysis and visualization shows a relationship between poverty and the undercount of young children.
Families and Living Arrangements
How Parents Coped with the Infant Formula Shortage
The Household Pulse Survey shows the number of parents reporting difficulty getting infant formula decreased significantly between fall 2022 and summer 2023.
Families and Living Arrangements
The Share of Coupled Households in Your County and the Nation
New data visualization shows types of coupled households at the county level.
Families and Living Arrangements
Grandparents Living With Grandchildren
A new report shows characteristics of grandparents who live with their grandchildren and where they are in the United States.
“Excess Mortality" During COVID-19 Varied by Race, Ethnicity, Geography
New Census Bureau research shows “excess mortality” — deaths that exceed recent trends — widened the Black-White mortality gap.
How Does Diversity in Social Networks Impact Survey Response?
Census Bureau research shows that areas where people have more diverse social connections also have higher data quality in the American Community Survey.
Business and Economy
How Many U.S. Businesses Offer Health Insurance to Employees?
Private-sector companies in seven states and District of Columbia offer health insurance to employees at a rate significantly above the national average.
Income and Poverty
Nearly 327,000 in U.S. Lived in Emergency and Transitional Shelters
The American Community Survey 5-year estimates provides a demographic profile of the population experiencing homelessness who lived in shelters.


Page Last Revised - April 8, 2024
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