A New Platform for Accessing Census Data

In June 2018, the U.S. Census Bureau will introduce a new platform for accessing census data that will ultimately replace the current data engine, American FactFinder.  Data users are encouraged to explore the new platform (data.census.gov) to evaluate the look, feel, and functionality of the site and provide the Bureau feedback for improving navigability.   Some of the advantages of the new data platform over American FactFinder include:  1) geographic profiles with interactive charts and graphs, 2) enhanced mapping and data visualization techniques, and 3) improved approaches for data sharing across technology mediums.

Image courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau (2018).

Image courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau (2018).

Important Dates

  • June 2018
    • Official release of data.census.gov
  • September 2018
    • Release of 2017 (1-year) ACS data on American FactFinder (primary) and data.census.gov (secondary)
  • December 2018
    • Release of 2014-2017 (5-year) ACS data on data.census.gov (primary)
  • Summer 2019
    • Retirement of American FactFinder

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