The American Community Survey (ACS) annually collects and disseminates a wealth of demographic and economic data, including race, sex, age, occupation, household income, commuting behavior, disability status, etc. The US Census Bureau exposes ACS data via API and the R packages tidycensus automates the downloading and joining of Census geographies and demographic data. This workshop will introduce the users to the data available in ACS, the use of R and RStudio, the tidycensus package for data downloading, and the tmap pakcage for thematic mapping of selected ACS variables. The workshop will make use sf ("simple features"), an emerging R standard for geospatial data analysis, and the use of tidyverse packages such as dplyr for manipulation and analysis of sf objects.
To get the most out of this workshop, the participant should have basic (scripting-level) knowledge of any programming language, and should be familiar with basic principles of thematic cartography. This workshop presumes no previous knowledge of R, RStudio, or American Community Survey or other Census data products.