New Census Study

A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau, Emergency and Transitional Shelter Population, provides information on people counted at emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness.

In the 2010 Census, emergency and transitional shelters were defined as places where people experiencing homelessness stay overnight. Examples include missions; hotels and motels used to shelter people experiencing homelessness; shelters for children who are runaways, neglected or experiencing homelessness; and similar places known to shelter people experiencing homelessness.

Links will be maintained in several locations in the W&L library Web site, including this subject listing .

Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Participation in Government Programs, 2004 to 2007 and 2009 — Who Gets Assistance?

U.S. Census Bureau.
Available online.
July 2012 report that examines the participation and characteristics of people who received benefits from any of the major means-tested assistance programs including: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, General Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Food Stamp, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and Housing Assistance.
Links will be maintained in several locations in the W&L library Web site, including this Statistical Sources page.

Historical Topographic Map Collection

U.S. Geological Survey.
Available online.
This (somewhat awesome) addition to our site was prompted by the following e-mail from the U.S. Geological Survey:

Nearly 90,000 high resolution scans of the more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available on-line from the US Geological Survey. The Historical Topographic Map Collection includes published U.S. topographic maps of all scales and editions, and are offered as a georeferenced digital download or as a printed copy from the USGS Store.

“I applaud your continuing effort to digitize the entire set of USGS quadrangle maps and we anxiously await the completion of the project. This effort is of great consequence for the research community” said Dr. John R. Hébert Chief, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress. Not all of the historical collection resides in any one location or in any one catalog. In a partnership with the Library of Congress and other map depositories, the USGS will build a complete master catalog and provide access to maps that may be missing from any one collection.

Historical maps are an important national resource as they provide the long-term record and documentation of the natural, physical and cultural landscape. The history documented by this collection and the analysis of distribution and spatial patterns is invaluable throughout the sciences and non-science disciplines. Genealogists, historians, anthropologists, archeologists and others use this collection for research as well as for a framework on which a myriad of information can be presented in relation to the landscape. For more than 130 years, the USGS topographic mapping program has accurately portrayed the complex geography of our nation through maps using the lithographic printing process. The historical collection contains high resolution scanned images from the USGS legacy series and other sources.

Historical maps are available to the public at no cost in GeoPDF format or as a printed copy for $15 plus a $5 handling charge from the USGS Store .
The electronic maps are georeferenced and can be used in conjunction with the new USGS digital topographic map, the US Topo.

Links will be maintained in several locations in the W&L library Web site, including this subject listing.

New Census Data

One of the widely-held misconceptions about the U.S. Decennial Census is that the results are available within a few months of the counting. The truth is that the first batch of data — needed for redistricting of the U.S. House of Representatives, and generally available within one year — is pretty basic stuff. After that, the real deluge of data begins.

The next level of in-depth data dissemination really begins with Summary File 1, released over a period of months, with several states (in no apparent order) made public each week.
I mention all this because Virginia’s SF 1 data came online today (21 July 2011). Hallelujah.

All of the above is in the Census Bureau site and the customary entry point usually is the American FactFinder, now transitioning to the new American FactFinder2, which is needed for 2010-date data.
Once you are “in,” I suggest you try the “Geographies” options in the left-hand column.
(See also the Census page in our Web site.)

2010 Census Data

The first numbers from the 2010 Decennial Census of Population have been released — the Constitutionally-mandated data needed every ten years to apportion state representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Here is an outline of the data release from the Census Bureau, along with a guide to the redistricting data process.

Please note that the Washington and Lee University Library is a selective Federal Depository Library and we maintain an online collection of Census data.

New Census Data

On Tuesday 14 December the U.S. Census Bureau released the first data from the Five-Year (2005-2009) American Community Survey, effectively updating the 2000 Census data for every community in the U.S. (Note: These are not data from 2010 Decennial Census.)

This release is particularly important for smaller communities, such as Lexington and Rockbridge County, Virginia, since these are the first authoritative Census figures in almost ten years for those locations.

Data based on samples of about 3 million addresses for each of 670,000 locations are presented in social, economic, housing, and demographic catgories, along with a narrative summary.

For example, here is the coverage of Rockbridge County. Please note that this constitutes the “Social” category of data for this location, with the other options — Economic (including poverty data), Housing, Demographic, and Narrative — accessible from links at the top of the page.

The new data is available from the American Community Survey link on the Census Bureau’s site.

In the words of the Census Bureau, the American Community Survey “complements the decennial count and provides estimates of population characteristics that are far more detailed than the basic demographic information that will be released from the 2010 Census.” The first release of data from the 2010 Decennial Census is scheduled for 21 December 2010.

Links to these and other U.S. Census collections are maintained in the library Web site.

Immigration Policy in the United States: An Update

U.S. Congressional Budget Office.
Available online.
“Ppresents data through 2009 on permanent and temporary admissions of foreign nationals to the United States, the number and types of visas issued, the naturalization of residents, and enforcement of immigration laws…”
Links will be maintained in several locations in the W&L library Web site, including this subject listing.

Educating Teenagers About Sex in the United States

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Available online.
“Using data from the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), this report examines the percentage of male and female teenagers 15-19 years who received sex education. Teenagers were asked if they received formal instruction on four topics of sex education at school, church, a community center, or some other place before they were 18 years old and the grade they were in when this first occurred,” as well as other questions.
Links will be maintained in several locations in the W&L library Web site, including this subject listing.