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SOC/CRJ 435/535: Urban Sociology

Research Guide for SOC/CRJ 435/535

Finding data, statistics, and reports for your Neighborhood Profiles

Policy Map (library database): a geographic information system (GIS) used to understand U.S. communities. Included in the tool is access to PolicyMap's extensive data collection, with over 15,000 indicators used to understand communities. These indicators are organized into general categories including demographics, income and spending, housing, lending activity, quality of life, economy, education, health, federal guidelines, and other analysis. For help, see their tutorials and FAQs on their Help pageVPN needed to use this database - follow the VPN Setup instructions on the Online Library Access page.

Sage Stats (library database): includes datasets that span all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as all counties, cities, and metropolitan statistical areas dating back more than 20 years. Topics include crime, education, employment, health, population, social welfare, transportation, and more. For help, see their FAQs page.

Social Explorer (library database): includes tools that allow you to explore U.S. Census data through the use of interactive data maps and also allows you to browse and download Census data in convenient formats for offline processing. For help, see their tutorials as well as their curated maps and datasets on their Help Guide.

US Census:  the leading source of quality data about American people and communities

  • American Community Survey (ACS): an ongoing survey that provides vital information on a yearly basis about our nation and its people, including demographics, housing, economic, and social data
  • Profiles: Get an overview of your state, county, or place all in one location with their geo-profile pages. They provide high-level statistics about your area regarding people and population, race and ethnicity, families and living arrangements, health, education, business and economy, employment, housing, and income and poverty. Try searching for your hometown to see what data they have, and don’t forget to share or embed the maps and charts.
  • Topics include business, economy, education, employment, families & living arrangements, health, housing, income & poverty, population

Canada Census: the leading source of quality data about Canadian people and communities

  • Community Profiles: presents information from the 2016 Census of Population for various levels of geography, including provinces and territories, census metropolitan areas, communities and census tracts.files: 

Detroit Crime Viewer: Interactive crime map (currently in beta phase) that shows where and when crimes were committed. Crimes are color-coded and it displays location, arrest category, report number, and charge description of incidents that happened within city limits. Users can filter results by date and crime, crime type, and also select location by police precincts, zip codes, neighborhoods, council districts, or by searching the interactive map.

Justice Map: Visualize race and income data as well as create and share maps for neighborhoods, counties, states, and the US. For help, see their Help and Instruction page.

Bureau of Justice Statistics: Datasets on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. For help, see their Help for Using BJS page

PEW Social and Demographic TrendsDatasets from studies of behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives. Includes datasets on Hispanic immigration attitudes and trends from the PEW Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project.

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