Census of Agriculture (USDA) Data Visualization

The USDA Census of Agriculture (“Ag Census”) regularly releases reports coupled with attractive, and often interactive, data visualizations. (To view the report, as well as other visualizations that accompany it, click the X on the top right of the image.) Some examples of topics include agricultural trade balance and exports and imports, global supplies of […]

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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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Kids Count Data Center

The Kids Count DATA CENTER is the place to start if you are looking data on child well-being.  Developed by the Ann E. Casey Foundation, this site provides easy access to data on the demographics, economic well-being, family structure, health and safety of children.  Data can be obtained  at the state, county, community, school district […]

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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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Government Benefits: County-level data

The Geography of Government Benefits, an interactive mapping tool developed by the the New York Times, provides data on government benefits (i.e. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Income Support, Unemployment, and Veterans Benefits) as a percentage of personal income for every county in the U.S. The accompanying article can be found here. Data on transfer payments […]

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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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Credit Card Repayment Calculator

Want to know how long it will take to pay off your credit card balance if you only pay the minimum monthly payment? The Dallas Federal Reserve developed a credit card repayment calculator that will quickly and easily calculate how long it will take to pay off your credit card balance. All you need are […]

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American Community Survey (ACS) Statistical Calculator

ACS Statistical Calculator: Like many people, I celebrated the release of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. The Census even included margins of error for each individual value to make my job easier. However, my enthusiasm was tempered when I starting adding several values together and realized that I had to recalculate […]

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Inflation Calculator

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides an easy-to-use Inflation Calculator that quickly calculates buying power equivalencies between different years. It uses the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) U.S. city average series for all items, not seasonally adjusted. This data represents changes in the prices of all goods and services purchased for consumption by urban households.  

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