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November 30, 2005

GIS: Workshops on GIS for Demography and Census Data

Posted to by M.Williams:

Workshop Announcement

Demographic analysis and GIS mapping workshops are now available in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California.

Demographic Analysis Using the 2000 U.S. Census – Focus on California
1 Day Workshop
Bay Area: January 17
Los Angeles: January 24
Sacramento: January 31
Time: 9:00 until 4:15
Cost: $245

Using Census Data in GIS Mapping
2 Day GIS Workshop using ArcView 9
Bay Area: January 18 & 19
Los Angeles: January 25 & 26
Sacramento: February 1 & 2
Time: 9:00 until 4:15
Cost: $490

Cost includes all materials and access to a PC on the Internet during class. Class size is limited ~ the majority of our workshops sell out ~ please register early.

All Workshop participants will receive:
* A workbook on creating a compelling, detailed demographic analysis of your community/target population
* Sample data and maps for several California Counties showing detailed demographic trends
* Sample GIS maps for California Counties and a free GIS map browser, ESRI ArcExplorer – GIS participants also receive a 60 day evaluation copy of ArcView

On-line registration is available at or you can register via e-mail sent to - please include your name, organization, telephone number and preferred class date. You can also register by phone at 800 707-2256.

Workshop Description - Demographic Analysis Using the 2000 Census
The one day Census Workshop will teach participants to perform in-depth demographic studies using the 2000 U.S. Census. Participants will learn what information is available on the 2000 Census and how to easily extract the specific data they need. Each student will learn how to present detailed demographic data in compelling new ways.

State and Federal grants increasingly require in-depth demographic study of the population you serve - this hands-on workshop will teach you how to succeed.

A highlight of the workshop is when each student learns to create custom thematic maps showing detailed variations of the demographics within their community. Thematic maps allow students to map their community and “shade” the map to show which neighborhoods have the highest concentrations of numerous demographic variables such as poverty, income, race, age, ancestry, educational attainment, disabilities, etc.

The teaching philosophy of the workshop is very much “hands-on” - during the workshop, each student has access to their own PC on the internet and will learn to create a compelling demographic profile of the California community of their choice.

Workshop Description - Using Census Data in GIS Mapping (Using ArcView 9.0)
The two day GIS workshop focuses on using Census Data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in concert. This workshop is specifically designed for those involved in community planning, program design, proposal writing, needs assessments and fundraising.

The class gives you the step by step instructions to map data from your internal databases (Access Database or Excel spreadsheet) and then “layer” or shade the map to show detailed Census data.

In other words, the workshop will teach you how to create compelling maps by bringing together:
Detailed Census Data - thus “shading” the map for race, poverty, income, education, housing, etc.
~ and ~
Internal Database Data - thus creating Points of Interest or “dots” on the map representing specific addresses or locations. Each “dot” can represent a client receiving specific services, a certain type of building, the addresses of donors, etc.

*GIS Class Prerequisites
To take the Using Census Data in GIS Mapping workshop we strongly suggest that you first take the Demographic Analysis Workshop. You also need intermediate computer skills and a basic understanding of databases or spreadsheets.

During the GIS workshop you will use a copy of ArcView owned by Calm River Demographics. If you do not currently have GIS software, a 60 day evaluation copy of ArcView can be provided to you at no cost after the workshop. Please note: The Demographic Analysis Workshop does NOT require any Software purchase.

Workshop Locations
Bay Area:
1301 Shoreway Road, 4th Floor - Belmont, CA 94002

Los Angeles:
300 North Continental Blvd. Suite 590 - El Segundo, CA 90245

2901 K Street Suite 450 - Sacramento, CA 95816

Payments are accepted via check, credit card or P.O. but must be received no later than one week prior to class. Payment via purchase order can be received after the workshop is taught with prior approval. To pay by credit card please call us at 800 707-2256.

Payments can be sent to:
Calm River Demographics
3110 Judson Street, Suite 233
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Calm River Demographics is a demographics, technology and research company located in Gig Harbor, Washington. Since 2002, Calm River Demographics has taught demographic analysis workshops to over 6,000 individuals in 37 states.

For more information on the services we offer please see our web page at If you have any questions concerning the workshop or the registration process, please call us at 800 707-2256 (800 707-Calm)

Posted by ronbo at 06:35 PM

November 29, 2005

NCES Newsflash: Education Statistics Quarterly

NCES has just released, 'Education Statistics Quarterly-Vol. 6 Issue 4.' The Quarterly offers a comprehensive overview of work done across all of NCES. Each issue includes short publications and summaries covering all NCES publications and data products released in a given time period as well as notices about training and funding opportunities. In addition, each issue includes a featured topic with invited commentary, and a note on the topic from NCES.

To browse the Quarterly online, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 12:57 PM

November 28, 2005

Recent ICPSR updates and additions - November 28, 2005

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:


1314 Evidence on Wage Inequality, Worker Education and Technology

1315 Monetary Policy and Commodity Futures

1317 Computer Use and Compactness in Congressional and Legislative Redistricting 1990-2000

1320 Discrete Monetary Policy Changes and Changing Inflation Targets in Estimated DSGE Models

1321 Analysis of Recent Studies of the Effect of Foreign Exchange Interventions

4234 Afrobarometer: Round 1.5 Survey of Namibia, 2002

4235 Afrobarometer: Round 1.5 Survey of Nigeria, 2001

4312 Current Population Survey: Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Survey, 2005

4351 Uniform Crime Reports [United States]: Supplementary Homicide Reports, 1976-2003

13616 Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN): Dysthymia, Wave 2, 1997-2000

13622 Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN): Family Legal Update, Wave 2, 1997-2000

13623 Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN): Family Suicide Interview, Wave 2, 1997-2000

13646 Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN): Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Lifetime (Primary Caregiver), Wave 2, 1997-2000


3163 Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study, 1997

3818 Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study, 1999

4290 Monitoring of Federal Criminal Sentences, 2003

8291 Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) XVIII: Institutional Characteristics of Colleges and Universities, 1983-1984

You can also view a list of all studies added and updated in the last
ninety days by visiting the ICPSR Web site at

Posted by ronbo at 05:27 PM

NCES Newsflash: Changes in Patterns of Prices and Financial Aid

This new NCES report uses data from the Integrated Postsecondary Educations Data System (IPEDS) to examine median prices of attendance, financial aid, and net prices for first-time, full-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates over the period 1999–2000 to 2001–02. To capture the interaction between price of attendance and financial aid patterns over time and to take into account inflation during this period, indices of changes in three different types of prices—tuition, price of attendance, and net price—were developed for this report. The major findings of the study are that during this period, both the median price of attendance and the median value of total aid increased as a faster rate than inflation at public 4-year institutions, private not-for-profit, 4-year institutions, and private for-profit, less-than-4-year institutions. However, as a result of financial aid, net prices did not rise as rapidly as price of attendance. At public 2-year institutions, net prices not only increased at a slower rate than did sticker prices, but they also increased at a slower rate than inflation. The analysis of the price indices confirmed that examining different types of prices and net prices may lead to different conclusions. In all institutional sectors, increases in median tuition and fee levels and in price of attendance tended to be greater than increases in net prices. In most sectors, median net prices increased at a slower rate than did price of attendance over the three-year period reviewed in this report. In the public 2-year sector, net prices increased at a slower rate than inflation or even decreased.

To download, view and print the report as a pdf file, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 05:26 PM

NCES Newsflash: Upcoming Release of 2005 Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) Results

Results from the 2005 NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) in reading and mathematics are scheduled for release by NCES on December 1 at 10:00 AM EST. This year, fourth- and eighth-graders in 11 large urban school districts (Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, and Washington, DC) took NAEP. The Nation’s Report Card for the districts will examine how their performance has changed over time (not all districts participated in all previous assessments); make comparisons between districts, to the nation and large central cities; and examine the performance of various student groups.

* View the results, on December 1, at the time of release at:

* Check back for more information on viewing a live webcast of the release from Boston.

* Join National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Associate Commissioner Peggy Carr at 12:00 PM EST on December 1 for a live chat about the results. For more information or to submit questions ahead of time, check

* Learn more about TUDA and how the district performed on the, 2003 reading assessment at:

2003 mathematics assessment at:

Posted by ronbo at 05:21 PM

NCES Newsflash: Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2005

A joint effort by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics this annual report examines crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school. It provides the most current detailed statistical information to inform the Nation on the nature of crime in schools. This report presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population from an array of sources--the National Crime Victimization Survey, the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the School Survey on Crime and Safety and the School and Staffing Survey. Data on crime away from school are also presented to place school crime in the context of crime in the larger society.

Major findings include: Improvements have occurred in student safety. The violent crime victimization rate at school declined from 48 violent victimizations per 1,000 students in 1992 to 28 such victimizations in 2003. Even so, violence, theft, bullying, drugs, and weapons are still widespread.

In 2003, students ages 12-18 were victims of about 740,000 violent crimes and 1.2 million crimes of theft at school. Seven percent of students ages 12-18 reported that they had been bullied, 29 percent of students in grades 9-12 reported that drugs were made available to them on school property, and 9 percent of students were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property.

In 2003, 5 percent of students ages 12-18 reported being victimized at school during the previous 6 months: 4 percent reported theft, and 1 percent reported violent victimization. Less than 1 percent of students reported serious violent victimization (such as rape, sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated assault).

To download, view and print the report as a pdf file, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 03:33 PM

November 18, 2005

U.S. Census Bureau: New Wave of Socioeconomic Data From 2004 American Community Survey

From Census Bureau Product Update Hot Tips

On Thursday, November 17, the Census Bureau released a second wave of data based on the 2004 American Community Survey, more data for areas of 250,000 or more people. In all, we released about 670 tables to supplement the 200-plus tables released in August. Users will especially appreciate the new Subject tables that look very much like the popular Quick Tables released for the Census 2000 Summary Files. To find the ACS data, go to the American FactFinder and click on "Data Sets" and then on "2000-2004 American Community Survey" tab. For a list of the new Subject tables, go to the American Community Survey page, click on "Guide to the ACS Data Products" and then on "Quick Guide to ACS Data in American FactFinder." Go to Appendix 2.

You can view the complete list of new ACS Base tables at
(; go to the American Community Survey page and click on the the "Guide to the ACS Data Products" and then on "Links to Table Shells." In the table finder box, click on "All Topics."

Posted by ronbo at 04:07 PM

NCES: Fourth-Grade Students Reading Aloud: NAEP 2002 Special Study of Oral Reading

This new report from NCES discusses findings about fourth-grade students' oral reading from a special study that was part of the 2002 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment. The results suggest that the three separate components of oral reading ability (accuracy, rate, and fluency) are very much related to each other and to reading comprehension, as measured by the main NAEP assessment. "Fluent" readers in this study were likely to read higher percentages of words accurately, to read the passage at a faster rate, and to have scored higher, on average, on the NAEP reading assessment than "nonfluent" readers. More than one-half of the students read the study passage fluently, with a fairly high degree of accuracy, and at a rate of at least 105 words per minute. However, a group of students whose average scale score and labored oral reading performance suggested they were struggling also demonstrated, on average, the lowest performance on measures of accuracy, rate, and fluency.

Learn more from the executive summary and major findings at:

Download or order the full report at:

Posted by ronbo at 02:07 PM

November 17, 2005

Roper Center Data Acquisitions Update, October 2005

Click here for a list of new additions to the Roper Center data archive that are now available to Center Members via Roper Express. Stanford University Libraries maintains a membership to the Roper Center and Stanford faculty, staff, and students can now download data directly accessible via Roper Express. For instructions on requesting data not available via Roper Express, click on the "Data Services - Roper" link on our SSDS web site.

This month the attached PDF contains:

* 5 new Cable News Network/USA Today Polls conducted by the Gallup Organization from September-October, 2005 including the Hurricane Katrina Survivors Poll.

* National Public Radio/Kaiser Family Foundation/Kennedy School of Government Immigration Poll conducted by ICR May 27-August 2, 2004.

* Religion and Public Life Survey and Life After High School--Young People Talk About Their Hopes and Prospects both conducted by the Public Agenda Foundation.

* 2 new ABC News/Washington Post Polls conducted June and July, 2005.

* 2 new NBC/Wall Street Journal Polls conducted by Hart and McIntruff in October, 2005 and December, 2004.

* 2 new Newsweek Polls conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International in September, 2005.

These notices have been archived on the Roper Center website at:

Posted by ronbo at 07:02 PM

NCES: Child Care and Early Education Arrangements of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: 2001

This new NCES report is the latest in a series of NCES reports on young children’s nonparental care and education arrangements. It presents the most recent data available for children under the age of 6, taken from the 2001 administration of the Early Childhood Program Participation Survey of the National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES). The data show that during the spring of 2001, 60 percent of children under the age of 6 who had yet to enter kindergarten were receiving some type of care or education, or both, on a weekly basis from persons other than their parents. Variations in participation rates by characteristics of children (age and race/ethnicity) and their families (household income and mother’s education and employment status), as well as by poverty status and geographic region, are examined. Additionally, the report looks at how the child, family, and community characteristics are related to the
time children spend in nonparental care each week and to the amount families pay for care.

Overall, children’s participation in nonparental care and education increases with child’s age and mother’s education. Among Black, White, and Hispanic children, Black children are most likely to be cared for by someone other than their parents on a weekly basis and Hispanic children are least likely. Children whose mothers work outside the home, either
part time or full time, are more likely than children whose mothers are not in the labor force to receive nonparental care. Also, children living below the poverty threshold and children living in the West are less likely than their counterparts to be cared for by someone other than their parents on a weekly basis.

To download, view and print the report as a pdf file, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 06:58 PM

November 16, 2005

Recent ICPSR updates and additions - November 16, 2005

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data
archive along with a list of released data collections that have been


4226 CBS News/NEW YORK TIMES Monthly Poll #3, October 2004

4256 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), 2004: [United States]

4302 Deterrent Effect of Curfew Enforcement: Operation Nightwatch in St. Louis, 2003-2005

4341 Eurobarometer 62.1: The Constitutional Treaty, Economic Challenges, Vocational Training, Information Technology at Work, Environmental Issues...Oct.-Nov. 2004

4353 Firearm Injury Surveillance Study, 1993-2003 [United States]

13614 Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN): Depression, Wave 2, 1997-2000


2139 Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) VII: Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred Between July 1, 1971 and June 30, 1972

6577 Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study, 1993

7647 Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) XII: Institutional Characteristics of Colleges and Universities, 1977-1978

You can also view a list of all studies added and updated in the last
ninety days by visiting the ICPSR Web site at

Posted by ronbo at 03:36 PM

November 10, 2005

NCES: Participation in Adult Education for Work-Related Reasons

This new NCES report, 'Participation in Adult Education for Work-Related Reasons: 2002-03,' summarizes data collected through the Adult Education for Work-Related Reasons survey fielded in 2003 as part of the National Household Education Surveys. The survey asked a random sample of adults about their work-related educational activities and experiences over the previous 12-months. The survey defined work-related activities in terms of formal and informal learning activities that are done for reasons related to work. Formal types of work-related adult education are defined by the presence of an instructor, whereas informal adult learning activities are defined by the absence of an instructor.

Findings from the survey reveal that 40 percent of adults in the nation participated in some type of formal adult education for work-related reasons during a 12-month period in 2002-03. Thirty-three percent participated in work-related courses, 9 percent were in a college degree program, 2 percent were in a vocational degree/diploma program, and 1 percent had an apprenticeship. Fifty-eight percent of adults participated in informal work-related learning activities.

To download, view and print the report as a pdf file, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 01:43 PM

November 08, 2005

Recent ICPSR updates and additions - November 08, 2005

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:


4037 Youth-Parent Socialization Panel Study, 1965-1997: Four Waves Combined

4225 CBS News/NEW YORK TIMES Monthly Poll #2, October 2004

4227 CBS News/NEW YORK TIMES Monthly Poll #4, October 2004

4232 Afrobarometer: Round II Survey of Cape Verde, 2002

4299 Evaluation of the Adolescent Portable Therapy (APT) Program [New York City], 2001-2004

4300 AsiaBarometer, 2003

4314 Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly, Wave IV, 2000-2001 [Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas]

4348 Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base, 2004


2084 Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) IV: Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred Between July 1, 1968, and June 30, 1969

2138 Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) VI: Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred Between July 1, 1970, and June 30, 1971

You can also view a list of all studies added and updated in the last
ninety days by visiting the ICPSR Web site at

Posted by ronbo at 02:33 PM

NCES: REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING! Advanced Studies Seminar on the Use of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) Database

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor a 3-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) database. The ECLS-B training seminar will be conducted from January 11-13, 2006 in Washington, DC. Support for travel
and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants. The application deadline for the seminar is November 18, 2005.

ECLS-B is designed to support research on a wide range of topics pertaining to young children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development across multiple contexts (e.g., home, nonparental care, and school entry). This seminar is open to advanced graduate students and faculty members from colleges and universities nationwide and to researchers, education practitioners, and policy analysts from federal, state, and local education and human services agencies and professional associations.

For more information, please visit the NCES website at:

Posted by ronbo at 02:01 PM

November 07, 2005

Census Product Update -- November 3, 2005

A Biweekly Bulletin from the U.S. Census Bureau

See the complete online version [for a complete web-enabled page or] if you have trouble viewing this message.

The Census Product Update is a biweekly listing of recently released and upcoming data products from the U.S. Census Bureau. Editors: Belva Kirk and Greg Pewett (contact information below).

Census Bureau data come in many media types. PDF files cited below can be ordered in print from the Customer Services Center for a cost. Call for prices. Some printed reports must be ordered from the U.S. Government Printing Office (202-512-1800). Before ordering other products listed for sale, be sure to consult the ordering information at the end of this newsletter.

Please use this link to subscribe or unsubscribe from the Census Product Update mailing list.

Headline News

Facts for Features: Veterans Day 2005 (November 11). (Released November 3, 2005)

New Orders for Manufactured Goods in September Decreased $6.8 Billion or 1.7 Percent to $390.0 Billion. (Released November 3, 2005)

Casino Hotels, Bed-and-Breakfast Inns, Full-Service Restaurants, Cookie Shops -- Product Lines of the Accommodation and Food Services Sector Profiled. (Released November 1, 2005) [File Size; 486 KB]

General Summary Report Released for Manufacturing Area. (Released November 1, 2005) [File Size; 1.4 MB]

Total Construction Activity for August 2005 ($1,108.5 Billion) Was 0.4 Percent Above the Revised July 2005 ($1,104.1 Billion) Figure. (Released November 1, 2005)

Books, Software, Movies, Music, Air Time -- Product Lines of the Information Sector Profiled. (Released October 31, 2005) [File Size; 654 KB]

Economic Census Profiles Establishment and Receipt Size.

Homeownership Rate Third Quarter 2005 (68.8 Percent) Not Significantly Different From Third Quarter 2004 Rate (69.0 Percent). (Released October 31, 2005)

Learn About Your State and Local Government Finances. (Released October 31, 2005) [File Size; 4.84 MB]

Census Bureau to Update Numbers on Employment. (Released October 27, 2005)

Commerce Secretary Announces Formation of 2010 Census Advisory Group. (Released October 27, 2005)

Facts for Features: The Holiday Season. (Released October 27, 2005)

Groceries, Cars, TVs, Clothes, Tools -- Product Lines of Retail Trade Industries Profiled. (Released October 27, 2005) [File Size; 2 MB]

New File Highlights Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2003. (Released October 27, 2005)

New Orders for Manufactured Durable Goods in September Decreased $4.4 Billion or 2.1 Percent to $207.0 Billion. (Released October 27, 2005) [File Size; 104 KB]

Sales of New One-Family Houses in September 2005 Were at a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate of 1,222,000. This Is 2.1 Percent Above the Revised August 2005 Figure of 1,197,000. (Released October 27, 2005)

Facts for Features: American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November 2005. (Released October 25, 2005)

American Housing Survey for the New Orleans Metropolitan Area. (Released October 24, 2005) [PDF; 4.33 MB]

Construction Summary Sums Up Building Trades. (Released October 24, 2005) [File Size; 516 KB]

Dog Racetrack Operation, Writing Fees, Museums, Historical Sites -- Product Lines of the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector Profiled. (Released October 24, 2005) [File Size; 858 KB]

Facts for Features: Halloween 2005. (Released October 24, 2005)

More Than 10 Million Floridians in Path of Hurricane Wilma, Census Bureau Estimates. (Released October 24, 2005)

Prescription Drugs, Optical Goods, Home Hospice Care, Community Housing Services -- Product Lines of the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector Profiled. (Released October 24, 2005) [File Size; 843 KB]

Residential Property Sales, Real Estate Appraisal Fees, Formal Wear and Costume Rental, Residential Furniture -- Product Lines of the Real Estate, Rental, and Leasing Sector. (Released October 24, 2005) [File Size; 529 KB]

Air Traffic Control Services, Truck Transportation, Towing Services, Public Warehousing and Storage -- Product Lines of the Transportation and Warehousing Sector Profiled. (Released October 21, 2005) [File Size; 623 KB]

Fact of the Day

2002 Economic Census Records 6,352 Companies Involved in Oil and Gas Extraction

Of the nation's 18,491 mining companies recorded in the 2002 Economic Census, one-third (6,532) are involved in oil and gas extraction. These companies operate 7,730 establishments - most in Texas, which has 2,990 establishments, more than double the total in number two Oklahoma. You can get data on the mining industry in one volume - the General Summary [File Size, 784 KB] report for the 2002 Economic Census. This report has the standard data (establishments, value added, value of shipments, etc) plus data on establishment-size, inventories, depreciation charges, rents, cost of supplies. To find the report, click on "Economic Census" on the Census Bureau home page and then on "Subject Series" and look for "Mining." The report is in PDF but downloadable data are coming soon.

Hot Tip

Disaster Areas Profiled

You are missing a great tool for navigating our site if you have not tried our online knowledge base - accessible through the "Questions" link at the top of the home page. One service the tool has rendered lately is to give you a short-cut to data profiles on areas affected by the recent hurricanes. The Census Bureau follows the National Weather Service and the FEMA web sites to determine areas that may be affected or have been affected by serious storms and then creates an FAQ to highlight data from Census Bureau programs on these areas. We often create an even more prominent link on the home page to a page with data on these areas.

But you don't need a hurricane to have an excuse to try our "Questions" link. If you don't find an answer, the tool lets you submit your question and one of our agents will try to find an answer. We even have FAQs on data you think we have - which may in fact come from other statistical agencies like the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Center for Health Statistics. Questions submitted today may become the FAQs of tomorrow. If you think we need an FAQ on a subject, tell us that - by giving feedback on an existing question or just submitting it as a question on its own. Also, see Answer 989 showing demographic and economic data for some of the metropolitan areas that have received many of the displaced residents.

Hot Links

* Current Census Product Update -- Full Issue
* Census Bureau Training
* Census Bureau Home Page
* Census Bureau Catalog
* Economic Briefing Room
* Census Bureau Regional Offices
* State Data Centers
* Recently Released
* Guide to Media Types
* Upcoming Releases From the Census Bureau
* How To Order Products

For general/technical questions regarding Census Bureau data products, go to

You also can call the Customer Services Center (Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM EDT and Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM EDT) at 301-763-INFO (4636) or fax us at 301-457-4714.

For information regarding the content of this publication, contact the editors at

Posted by ronbo at 04:38 PM

From IPUMS: IPUMS needs your help!

Dear IPUMS User,

Once again it's grant writing time, and once again IPUMS urgently needs your help! Next week we will apply to the National Institutes of Health for the renewal of our five-year Center Grant, the core source of funding for our day-to-day operations. Continued funding for the IPUMS data series is contingent on its continued use by the academic and professional research community.

It is crucial, therefore, to have a complete list of both published and forthcoming books, articles, dissertations (completed and in progress), conference papers, working papers, research reports, fact sheets, and newspaper stories that have used IPUMS data. We are also interested in news of any classroom or other pedagogical use of the IPUMS, so if you have used the data in a course please let us know.

If you have done any research using the IPUMS, please visit our bibliography at to see if we have it. If something is missing or if you find errors, you can enter the correct information online
( or just email the citation to We suspect that a substantial quantity of research published in books and collections of essays is missing from our bibliography, since there are no citation indexes available for those sources. We would appreciate if you can make any additions or corrections to our bibliography by the end of this week.

We would also appreciate it if you would forward this message to any IPUMS users who may not be registered for our data extraction system; this is especially important for people at research centers who may obtain the data indirectly.

If you received this message in error, please accept my apology; it is sent to everyone who has registered to use the IPUMS unless they have removed themselves from our user list. To remove yourself, click on the link at the bottom of the page or send a message to

Thanks for your prompt reply...we really appreciate your help!


Steve Ruggles
Principal Investigator

IPUMS-Users mailing list

Posted by ronbo at 10:39 AM

November 04, 2005

NCES Newsflash: The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for Public High Schools

NCES has just released 'The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for Public High Schools from the Common Core of Data: School Years 2001-02 and 2002-03.' This report presents the averaged freshman graduation rate for public high school students for school years 2001-02 and 2002-03, based on data reported by state education agencies to the National Center for Education Statistics. Rates are included for the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Department of Defense Dependents Schools (overseas) and four other jurisdictions.

To download, view and print the report as a pdf file, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 05:21 PM

November 02, 2005

Roper Center Newsletter, November 2005

Tip of the month!!

* Remember Roper Center Members RoperExpress is here! A data access tool for express download of data. Your membership will allow students and faculty at your institution unlimited access to those datasets in the Roper Center collection that are in ASCII or SPSS portable formats.
* Not a member yet? Become one today, Click on the link to find out the benefits of becoming a Roper Center member!

Public Opinion Matters!--"Energy";start=HS_special_topics?Topic=energy

Are you tired of high gas and oil prices, you're not the only one! Visit this month's POM on Energy. See who people think is to blame for the cost increase, and how prices are effecting others financially. Check out the affects of energy and the environment, see if people think we should develop new sources of energy, all in this month's POM!

Based on a new topic each month, POM offers a generous free sampling of related polling data and details of survey datasets held by the Roper Center, along with articles previously published in Public Perspective magazine.

Experience the depth of information housed in the Roper Center archives - The complete list of "Public Opinion Matters!" topics.;start=HS_pom_list

Newly spotlighted datasets;start=HS_surveyspot
Updated as of November 1, 2005

Special studies of interest recently added to iPOLL.
The database now contains nearly a half million questions!

Title: Drinking And Driving Survey [July, 2005]
Source: MADD, Nationwide Insurance.
Methodology: Conducted by Gallup Organization, July 26-August 14, 2005 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult sample of 1,004.
Search for: Keyword: 'alcohol'; Organization: 'Gallup'; Date: '07/26/2005 to 07/26/2005'

Title: Gallup International Voice of the People Survey [June,2005]
Methodology: Conducted by Gallup International, June 29-July 3, 2005 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult sample of 504. Fieldwork was conducted in the US by TNS Intersearch. Parallel surveys were done in 67 other countries.
Search for: Keyword: 'corruption'; Date: '06/29/2005 to 06/29/2005'

Title: Health Pulse of America Survey [September, 2005]
Methodology: Conducted by Stony Brook University Center for Survey Research, September 1-September 25, 2005 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult sample of 830.
Search for: Date: '09/01/2005 to 09/01/2005'

Additional resources - Web sites with special survey samples

Survey of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees by Kaiser/Washington Post/Harvard School of Public Health

Poverty & Hunger - a Gallup International Voice of the People 2005 Survey

Posted by ronbo at 06:39 PM

November 01, 2005

From ResourceShelf Blog: Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2003

Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2003
By gary

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full Text Documents
Internet Usage--United States--Statistics
Source: U.S. Census
Just Released, Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2003

"A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 40 percent of adults used the Internet to obtain news, weather or sports information in 2003, a sharp increase from only 7 percent six years earlier. In a measure of how interpersonal communications are changing, more than half of adults (55 percent) used e-mail or instant messaging in 2003, a dramatic increase from the 12 percent who did so in 1997. The report also shows the Internet has become an integral part of the economy. In 2003, nearly half (47 percent) ! of adults used the Internet to find information on products or services. About one-third (32 percent) actually purchased a product or service online, compared with only 2 percent of adults who shopped online in 1997."

See Also: Detailed Tables

Posted by ronbo at 02:35 PM

From SlashGISRS blog: Review of Online Mapping Sites

Review of Online Mapping Sites
By Satri on map-me

Very Spatial indicates that the Cartography blog just completed a 9 part series on the state of online mapping: intro, Google Local, Map24, Maporama, MapQuest, MSN Maps, McNally, Yahoo! Maps and summary. From the summary: "Some offer better directions than others but, for the most, there is little separating them but appearances and useability. Appearances are often a matter of taste - something that Maporama has recognized with its plethora of map style options. Useability is essential when the task is to offer quick maps and directions. In this area Google Maps / Local does well. The single search box is ideal - no clicking on dropdown boxes to select a country or tabbing to the next box to complete the field."

Posted by ronbo at 01:21 PM