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POLIT/AFCNA 234 Black Metropolis: From MLK to Obama: Finding Demographic Data

Chicago Data

City of Chicago: includes history of Chicago, facts, statistics, governmental resources, and information on programs and initiatives throughout the city.

City of Chicago Data Portal includes 600 datasets presented in easy-to-use formats about City departments, services, facilities and performance

Rob Paral and Associates: Google spreadsheet that offers demographic data broken down by community areas from 1930-2017. Includes data on race, ethnicity, home ownership, education, poverty, and income. 

Chicago Health Atlas: provides maps of 22,500+ health and human services, businesses, and other resources. You can use this data about community assets to see how services are distributed across the City.

Housing Fact Sheets For Every Community Area In Chicagodata regarding changes in population, reduced income, and increased housing costs that threatens the housing security of thousands of Chicagoans (wards and counties are included). 

Chicago Public School System School Locatorincludes school progress reports, student demographic and socioeconomic data, truancy rates, and various other data about each school within the Chicago Pubic School district. 

National Census Data

Statistical Atlas: provides in-depth statistical data and analysis for the United States from the US Census Bureau based on the 2010 census and from the American Community Survey (2012-2016). 

Statistical Abstract of the United States: a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Updated annually.

Mapping the 2010 US Census: visual representations of census data.

Mapping America-Every City Block: visually browse local data from the American Community Survey (2005-2009).

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book: contains basic demographic and economic information at the state and metropolitan area level (2010)

United States Census Bureau: the US Census Bureau website provides many useful publications, charts, etc. 

Tips For Working With Numbers

Statistical Terms Used In Research Studies: A Primer For Media: a brief guide to the methods and concepts that underpin academic studies that help you judge the merits of a piece of research from Journalist's Resource based at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. 

Math For Journalists: links to resources about writing with numbers fom the Society of Professional Journalist's Toolbox blog.

Additional Resources

Black Metropolis Research Consortium: a Chicago-based membership association of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago.

Encyclopedia of Chicagoan online version of the historical resource book that includes images, maps, essays, charts, and various entries that cover Chicago and the greater Chicago metropolitan area. The search button is located in the top left corner. 

Explore Chicago Collections: a consortium of libraries, museums, and various institutions containing a large collection of digital images and archives of community areas, culture, Chicagoans, surrounding suburbs and towns, and other facets of Chicago history.

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