My 8 Takeaways from the ACS Data Users Conference

As a Census data nerd, I’ve been geeking out with the rest of my tribe during each American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Conference. Each one has been a fun and interesting experience, with insider experiences about the challenges and opportunities in using Census data. I use this inside information for the benefit of my clients, who […]

Updating Demographics Around 7-11 Stores in Manhattan

Note: This is part of an infrequent series of posts I’m doing on Census Bureau Demographic Data for Developers based on my experience creating a database of Census Data as part of my summer internship at Patch.com.   Tomorrow, I’ll be presenting my Demographics Around 7-11 Stores in Manhattan for LocationTech NYC in a 5 minute Ignite-style talk.  I’ve been […]

Spatial Demographic Data – Weighting Demographics with PostGIS

This is part of a series of posts I’m doing on Census Bureau Demographic Data for Developers based on my experience creating a database of Census Data as part of my summer internship at Patch.com. In a previous post, I discussed the idea behind what I’m calling “spatial weighting”, which is basically taking a percentage of the demographics […]

Census, sample, survey, tract, block, ZIP code – a primer

This is part of a series of posts I’m doing on Census Bureau Demographic Data for Developers based on my experience creating a database of Census Data as part of my summer internship at Patch.com.   It’s important to know what one means when they say the Census. There is the United States Census Bureau that conducts the […]

Demography and Subway Fares: Introduction

This past Fall, I attempted to use US Census demographic data to predict fare-type usage on the New York City Subway system using a number of different machine learning algorithms.  The intention was to see if it was possible to predict the fare-type used at a particular subway station based on demographic information for the […]