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Advancing Equity with Data
Advancing Equity with Data

Advancing Equity with Data

Data for Equity

The Census Bureau is committed to producing data that depict an accurate portrait of America, including its underserved communities. Some of our data equity services include:

  • Demographic Data: We provide a wealth of data by key demographic variables such as race, ethnicity, sex, disability, income, and veteran status to help measure equity. These data are often by geography, which provides meaning and context to the statistical data, and can identify rural and underserved communities. Explore demographic data with our data tools such as data.census.gov.

  • Data Tools: We supply a variety of data tools that help the public and policy makers understand the issues surrounding inequities and enable them to propose effective, data-based solutions.

  • Public Assistance Program Metrics: Among other uses, Census Bureau data can provide metrics to show public assistance programs’ progress and outcomes.

  • Diversity Measurement: We use several approaches to measure the racial and ethnic diversity of the U.S. population, including the Diversity Index, prevalence rankings, the diffusion score, and a series of prevalence maps.

  • Data Education: A major part of our mission is to educate the public, policy makers, and stakeholders on what data we have available and how to use them. To empower data users with understandable, accurate, and timely information and the knowledge to use it, we invite you to:  

    • Explore our online Census Academy for upcoming webinars and on-demand data training.
    • Browse our Data Equity Library with its online collection of equity-related data visualizations, infographics, photos, audio, video, working papers and more.

Census Bureau data are valuable assets that can be used by policymakers and the public to advance equity.

Data Tools

Census Business Builder (CBB)

Census Business Builder offers small business owners selected Census Bureau & other statistics to guide their research for opening or expanding their business.

Census Poverty Status Viewer

The application includes poverty data for the population for whom poverty status is determined from the American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

Community Resilience Estimates Equity Supplement

The CRE for Equity has three data sources: the Community Resilience Estimates, the American Community Survey, and the Census Bureau’s Planning Database.

Digital Equity Act Population Viewer

Interactive collection of maps that highlight various demographics and broadband internet availability and adoption by state.

Household Pulse Survey

The new Household Pulse Survey is designed to deploy quickly, and efficiently collect data on how people’s lives have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Income and Poverty Interactive Data Tool

An interactive application for exploring data from the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program.

Local Employment Dynamics

This partnership offers a variety of data tools.

My Community Explorer

This tool combines select demographic, business, and resilience data to help users identify potentially underserved areas of their state, county, and community.

Opportunity Atlas

Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty?


QuickFacts provides frequently requested Census Bureau information at the national, state, county, and city level.

Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM)

The ROAM application was developed to make it easier to identify hard-to-survey areas.

Explore Census Data with data.census.gov

Data.census.gov, our new advanced data exploration platform for accessing demographic and economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau.



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