Headwater Economics

Headwater Economics Economic Profile System, automatically and efficiently produce socioeconomic profiles for any County in the United States (See also: Sonoran Institute below).

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Population and Housing Unit Estimates

The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) releases population and housing unit estimate reports. “The Demographic Services Center annually produces population estimates for Wisconsin counties and municipalities.  The estimates are based on the prior census and analysis of contemporary data including housing units, dormitory and institutional populations, automobile registrations, residential electric meters and other indicators of […]

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U.S. County Migration Patterns (Mapper)

The U.S. Census has a mapping tool available that shows county to county migration flows. It allows you to select a county and see the county of origin for people who moved in or the county of destination for those who moved out. It can also break down the populations by gender, age, and race.  

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Elder Economic Security Standard™ (Elder) Index

The Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index (Elder Index), was developed by the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston with Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), and is maintained in partnership with the National Council on Aging (NCOA). The Elder Index is a measure of the income that older adults need to meet their basic needs and age […]

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State/County Fact Sheets (USDA)

Looking for recent demographic data and current information on farming and the economics of farming?  Try these easy to use State Fact Sheets from the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS).  You don’t’ have to wait until the release of the 2012 Census of Agriculture for timely data. Much of the data is very current as […]

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STATS America

STATS America is an easy to use resource for a wide variety of data from many different sources (i.e. U.S. Census, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Bureau of Labor Statistics). Data profiles on population, housing, income and labor are easily accessible at the state, county, and metro levels. Not only does STATS America compile data from many public and […]

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Data on Religious Affiliation by County

Detailed county-level data on the number and of religious congregations and the number of members by church type is available free online. The data includes twelve major religions (i.e. Roman Catholic, Hindu, Islamic, Pentecostal) and 233 specific religious groups (i.e. Evangelical Methodist Church, Christian Science Churches, and Baha’i Faith). A new map-based exploration tool is also available. […]

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Historical U.S. Census Data (1790 to 2010)

Looking for historical U.S. Census data?  The U.S. Census provides easy access to historical population, housing, and agricultural data from 1790 to 2010.  Most of the of the data is available at the state and county levels.

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Defining Rural

The question “What is rural?” seems to be the subject to a never-ending debate. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) provides some guidance. The ERS has identified nine different categories for classifying counties by their degree of urbanization. These nine Rural-Urban Continuum Codes are below: The ERS also has more […]

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