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Now Available: 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) Results for the 50 states and District of Columbia.

Geography Awareness Week: November 15-19, 2021

Release Number CB21-SFS.149

GIS Day: November 17, 2021


From National Geographic, creator of Geography Awareness Week: “Each year more than 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week. Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Each third week of November, students, families and community members focus on the importance of geography by hosting events; using lessons, games, and challenges in the classroom; and often meeting with policymakers and business leaders. Geography Awareness Week is supported by access to materials and resources for teachers, parents, community activists, and all geographically minded global citizens.”

From Esri, the company behind GIS Day: “GIS is a scientific framework for gathering, analyzing, and visualizing geographic data to help us make better decisions. On GIS Day, help others learn about geography and the real-world applications of GIS that are making a difference in our society.”

Key Stats

From Our Surveys & Programs > Geography Program:

Geography is central to the work of the U.S. Census Bureau, providing the framework for survey design, sample selection, data collection, tabulation and dissemination. Geography provides meaning and context to statistical data. 

Note: Click on the image above to view the full, interactive 2020 Census Demographic Data Map Viewer website.

More Stats

From Our Surveys & Programs > Geography Program > Data > Interactive Maps:

Work with interactive mapping tools from across the Census Bureau. Tools listed in alphabetical order.


Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-Year Estimates.

Note: The table above is modified to focus on occupations related to geography and GIS. Click on the image to see the full table.

From Our Surveys & Programs > Economic Census:

The economic programs at the Census Bureau typically produce data for the following six levels of geography: National, States, Metro Areas, Counties, Places, and ZIP Codes.

The role of GIS in the 2020 Census:

GIS was crucial to a successful 2020 Census at all stages: establishing where to count, inviting all households to participate, engaging local organizations and the public as partners, motivating people to respond, and following up with those who did not respond. Here are two videos about the 2020 Census created by Esri:

From the Census Library:

From Statistics in Schools > Activities:

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