The terms and concepts listed in the glossary below are meant to help you understand the general structure of the Census. For your hyperlocal reporting purposes, you will want to focus your understanding on the following:
- Sources of data: Demographic and socioeconomic data is available from decennial censuses as well as the American Community Survey (ACS). All of the data from the 2010 Census won't be immediately available, so you may want to explore what is available from the ACS for some of your stories.
- New York City Geographic Units:
Understanding how the various NYC units fit together is key to describing the demographics of the city. See the
New York City Geography
page for more detailed information on neighborhoods, census tracts, and boroughs.
- Tools for working with data: There is not just one place to access or manipulate census data. In addition to government portals, the library subscribes to several databases that can help you organize and visualize data. These tools are described and linked from the tools and resources page.