Thursday, December 05, 2013

Rural Data Portal provides data on social, economic, and housing characteristics in U.S. counties

The Rural Data Portal is a handy website that provides national, state and county information on a wide range of topics, providing "essential information on the social, economic and housing characteristics of communities in the United States," according to the site. Indicators allow users to click one of five subject areas—demographics, social, economic, housing and housing finance—and view results by state and county. Each indicator has a series of subsets, allowing users to get more detailed information. Most of the information comes from the Housing Assistance Council.
Demographics include reports on geographic residence, population, gender, age, race/ethnicity, Hispanic or Latino origin, households and household relationships. The economic tool provides data on employment, occupation, class or worker, industry, household income, earnings and individual and family poverty status. The social indicator has data on education attainment, marital status, grandparents as caregivers and nativity and place of birth. There is also an interactive map that shows poverty rates in each state and county.

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