Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 9/20/13… Census Bureau unleashes a ton of new congressional district data

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by David Nir

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• Census: The Census Bureau is rolling out 2012 American Community Survey data all week, their annual survey of all the topics—from income and poverty to commuting and home heat sources—that used to get covered by the census’s now-deprecated “long form.” Several days ago, the bureau issued a national overview of its income and poverty statistics, and on Thursday, they also rolled out the data for all geographies withpopulations over 65,000.

That’s particularly important because this is the first time that a full data set for the “new” (i.e., now a full cycle old) congressional districts has been available throughAmerican FactFinder. Until now, CD-level data that goes beyond mere population and race was only available in patchy form, and only through the Fast Facts app (which, granted, is much easier to browse than the labyrinthine AFF, but doesn’t let you bulk-download mountains of data into a spreadsheet).

While AFF takes some getting used to, we’ve already put it to work and transformed racial stats by CD for all 435 districts into handy Google Docs form. There, you can look up things like which district is the whitest in the nation (KY-05, in eastern Kentucky, represented by Republican Hal Rogers, at 96 percent white), or the most heavily Hispanic (East Los Angeles’s CA-40, served by Democrat Lucille Roybal-Allard, at 87 percent Latino). You might also spot interesting oddities like the outsize population of Pacific Islanders in northwest Arkansas’ AR-03, where, as it happens, a sizable number ofMarshallese have settled. (David Jarman & David Nir)…

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