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Census Bureau Releases Interactive Data Hub in Response to COVID-19

The online resource page from the U.S. Census Bureau will provide information and assistance to individuals and organizations regarding the recent spread of COVID-19

APRIL 23, 2020 — Today the U.S. Census Bureau released a new resource page on census.gov to help federal agencies, businesses, and communities make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to the Census Bureau’s resource pages created during natural disasters, this resource page includes information on population demographics, economic indicators, and businesses. The site provides users with demographic risk factor variables, economic data on 20 key industries impacted by the coronavirus, weekly experimental data on Business Formation Statistics (BFS), over 150 demographic and economic variables for all states and counties, and more: all designed to help your business thrive during the spread of COVID-19.

It also features a new interactive data hub that centralizes data previously released from the American Community Survey and the County Business Patterns program to facilitate users’ access to data useful in pandemic-related decision-making. The data hub, released as a beta version, will be updated periodically as the situation changes and as feedback is received from users.  

The data hub provides four interactive features:

  •  The COVID-19 Impact Report allows users to browse dashboards with demographic and business data for the nation, states, and counties. Information is presented in an interactive visualization that allows for further exploration and downloading.
  • The Demographic and Economic Analysis feature provides selected statistics in an interactive map that can be incorporated into users’ own maps.
  • The Highlighted Datasets allow users to access even more of these key data in an interactive map that includes further details down to the census tract level.
  • The Categorical Datasets search allows users to select a data theme and to find and download (in map service and Excel formats) the census data that interests them.

The data hub also includes direct links to other Census Bureau data tools that provide additional information to guide decision-making, and links to Centers for Disease Control data on COVID-19 cases. The hub was built in collaboration with the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri).

The Census Bureau provides access to this and all of its resources in support of the coronavirus response effort at www.census.gov/coronavirus.

In times of uncertainty, we want to ensure that there is a safer alternative by filling out your Census online. We ‘d like to stress how important it is to take the time to fill out your 2020 Mississippi Census to make sure that you and your loved ones are spoken for. The list of questions for the Census is even shorter than ever, with 10 questions taking only 10 minutes or less to complete, having a lasting impact for our state over the next 10 years.

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