American Community Survey 2016 - Data Access & Use
-- accessing 1-year estimates using API tools
-- develop national scale spreadsheet files with virtually no learning time
How to acquire a spreadsheet showing the population of all cities with population estimates based on the ACS 2016 1-year data? ... or, housing units, median household income, median housing value, etc.? Variations of this need frequently arise -- what is the list of largest California counties sorted on total population: What are the 25 metros having the highest median household income? Which 10 congressional districts have the highest poverty incidence? Which urban areas have the highest educational attainment?
This section is focused on showing how simple API calls can be used to get answers to these types of questions -- and more.
Urban Areas with 2016 Population 65,000+ Population
... results from using the API downloaded data ... the following graphic shows urban areas with 65,000 or more 2016 population; zoom-in to Texas. The full national scope GIS project is available as described below; examine U.S. or any region. The file used to develop this view was created using the results of the API call reviewed below (requires integration of those data into the urban areas shapefile). Click graphic for larger view; expand browser window. Larger view shows urban areas labeled with name and mini profile for Dallas UA showing all subject matter items downloaded (via API) as described below.
... View developed using CV XE GIS. Map your own locations with geography of interest.
... See more about Urban Population & Urban Areas.
Access ACS 2016 1-Year Data Using API Tools
Use these API calls to access/download selected items for selected geographies.
See more about using API tools. Click a link and receive a return page with CSV-like structured data. See usage notes below. As these are ACS 2016 1 year estimates; geographies are only available for areas 65,000+ population.
Click a link:
All U.S. cities/places
All U.S. counties
All U.S. CBSAs
All U.S. Urban Areas
All 115th Congressional Districts
All U.S. states
The following data retrieval operations are by state. These are examples using Arizona (FIPS state code 04).
All [within state] Elementary School Districts
All [within state] Secondary School Districts
All [within state] Unified School Districts
API Call Returned Data Usage Notes
Clicking the All U.S. cities/places link above generates a new page. The first few records are shown below (scroll section).
The above file looks very much like a CSV file. With the "returned data page" open, type CTRL-A then CTRL-C, open a text editor like notepad, and type CTRL-V, pasting the data into the text editor. Save that file with a name such as: c:\temp\acsdata.csv. Perform a global search and replace on the file removing all [ and ] characters. Finally save the file and import it into a new open spreadsheet page.
Items Retrieved in the API Calls
The sample header record above shows the subject matter item listed at the left in the following set of items. Modify API call and use other subject matter items. See full array of subject matter - xlsx file.
.. B01003_001E - Total population
.. B01001_011E -- Male: 25 to 29 years (illustrating age cohort access)
.. B01001_035E -- Female: 25 to 29 years (illustrating age cohort access)
.. B02001_002E - White alone
.. B02001_003E - Black or African American alone
.. B02001_004E - American Indian and Alaska Native alone
.. B02001_005E - Asian alone
.. B02001_006E - Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
.. B02001_007E - Some other race alone
.. B02001_008E - Two or more races
.. B03001_003E - Hispanic (of any race)
.. B19013_001E - Median household income ($)
.. B19113_001E - Median family income ($)
Housing & Households
.. B25001_001E - Total housing units
.. B25002_002E - Occupied housing units (households)
.. B19001_017E -- Households with household income $200,000 or more
.. B25003_002E -- Owner Occupied housing units
.. B25075_025E --- Housing units value $1,000,000 to $1,499,999 (owner occupied)
.. B25075_026E --- Housing units with value $1,500,000 to $1,999,999 (owner occupied)
.. B25075_027E --- Housing units with value $2,000,000 or more (owner occupied)
.. B25002_003E - Vacant housing units
.. B25077_001E - Median housing value ($) - owner occupied units
.. B25064_001E - Median gross rent ($) - renter occupied units
The rightmost fields/columns in the rows/records contain the area name and geographic codes.
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