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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.

  • 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.

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) for Heat

The CRE for Heat identifies the specific areas across the country most socially vulnerable to the effects of heat exposure.

Community Resilience Estimates Equity Supplement

The CRE for Equity has three data sources: the Community Resilience Estimates, the American Community Survey, and the Census Bureau’s Planning Database.

Digital Equity Act Population Viewer

Interactive collection of maps that highlight various demographics and broadband internet availability and adoption by state.

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.

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.

Household Pulse Survey

The new Household Pulse Survey is designed to deploy quickly, and efficiently collect data on how people’s lives have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Income and Poverty Interactive Data Tool

An interactive application for exploring data from the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program.

Local Employment Dynamics

This partnership offers a variety of data tools.

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.

Opportunity Atlas

Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty?


QuickFacts provides frequently requested Census Bureau information at the national, state, county, and city level.

Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM)

The ROAM application was developed to make it easier to identify hard-to-survey areas.

America Counts: Data Equity Stories

Families and Living Arrangements
Interracial Couples More Common Among Same-Sex Couples
Male same-sex couples had higher median household incomes than female same-sex couples even though the shares with both partners working did not differ.
The Nation’s First Veterans and How Military Service Has Changed
Since the 1840 Census first counted veterans, census data have documented the evolution of those who served. Women veterans were not counted until 1980.
New Population Counts for 22 Detailed Some Other Race Groups
2020 Census data for groups classified as Some Other Race, such as Brazilian, Guyanese, and Cabo Verdean are now available.
New Population Counts for 62 Detailed Black or African American Groups
For the first time, the 2020 Census provided a write-in area for the Black or African American race category to collect detailed racial identities.
English Most Common Race or Ethnicity in 2020 Census
Recently released 2020 Census data on race and ethnicity provide detailed characteristics of more than 100 White groups.
Detailed Data for Hundreds of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes
2020 Census detailed data available for close to 1,200 AIAN tribes and villages for the nation, states and tribal areas.
Business and Economy
Manufacturing Faces Potential Labor Shortage Due to Skills Gap
The Census Bureau celebrates Manufacturing Week with new data visualizations, stories and data products from the manufacturing sector.
Eight Hispanic Groups Each Had a Million or More Population in 2020
Newly released detailed 2020 Census data show growth in Hispanic groups. Mexican population remained nation’s largest Hispanic group.


Page Last Revised - November 13, 2023
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