One of the key skills of a Data Scientist is the ability to incorporate publicly available data into analyses to generate more accurate predictions or supplement an analysis in some way. The U.S. Census Bureau is one very rich data source.
Datasets such as the Decennial Census, the American Community Survey, and the Current Population Survey contain a wealth of information for Data Scientists to use in predictive modeling or other quantitative analysis.
Until recently, these rich data sources were very difficult to access. The American Fact Finder interface was notoriously cumbersome to work with. However, recently, the census bureau released a set of APIs that make it much easier to access data.
Here are a few resources to help get you started:
- Request a developer key for the U.S. Census API
- Sample calls to U.S. Census API to help you format your first calls.
- Additional tutorial for working with the U.S. Census API
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