Historical Census Data

Census Reporter is a tool that helps journalists find and understand data from the US Census American Community Survey (ACS), making that data much more easily accessible and digestible. However, it only presents data from the most recent ACS releases.

Because “what changed” is a fundamental news question, the site would be much more useful if it provided comparable statistics from past releases of the ACS. This project team will undertake design research about how to integrate historic data into Census Reporter, while preserving its deeply held priority on clarity and ease-of-use.


Results from the project

  • Bringing Historical Data to Census Reporter

    A Visualization and Research Review

    ## An Introduction Since [Census Reporter](https://censusreporter.org)’s launch in 2014, one of our most requested features has been the option to see historic census data. Journalists of all backgrounds have asked for a simplified way to get the long-term values they need from Census Reporter, whether it’s through our data section or directly from individual profile pages. Over the past few months I’ve been working to make that a reality. With invaluable feedback from many of...

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Faculty and Staff Leads

Joe Germuska

Chief Nerd

Joe runs Knight Lab’s technology, professional staff and student fellows. Before joining us, Joe was on the Chicago Tribune News Apps team. Also, he hosts a weekly radio show on WNUR-FM – Conference of the Birds.


Bryan Li

Hailey Melville

Northwestern '17 grad and UX Designer focused on solutions that improve the world. Passionate about clarity, transparency, and social justice.

Jamal Julien

June Fu