New: the NYC Population FactFinder

The NYC Planning Department just made searching for data about the city a whole lot easier, more reliable – and more fun – for researchers, students, community residents, journalists and others who want to verify or explore detailed demographic and other information about the city.

Population FactFinder allows users to view census-based data by census block, census tract, neighborhood tabulation areas (NTAs) and Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs), and also allows users to aggregate these categories.

Want to know the Ecuadorian population of Sunset Park West and Sunset Park East? Go to the map and highlight the two neighborhoods, then click on “View Profile.” Scroll down the table of data for the two neighborhoods and find your answer: 4,299, based on 2012-2016 American Community Survey data, or 7.2 percent of the total Hispanic population for the two neighborhoods.

Check off the box marked “Show Reliability Data” at the top of the tables, and you’ll learn that the percentage figure has a margin of error of 1.4 percent. Charts accompany the data tables, and demographic, social, economic, and housing data can be obtained – and overlaid with, for instance, a subway map to provide characteristics of certain areas around subway stations.

The data can be downloaded in CSV format and the platform can be used on a mobile device.

Got to Population FactFinder to check it out.

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