For community groups

to access research support...

Center to Advance Racial Equity, Portland State University

 Intro to DataFerrett, useful resources & American Community Survey (ACS)


Finding and manipulating variables; ACS household variables


Making a data table


ACS person-level variables


Poverty rates applied example


Selectable geographies


Multivariable data steps


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Chapter 1

Video Guides for Customized Data Extraction from Census Bureau

We have created a seven-part teaching video on how to use the Census Bureau's Data Ferret. Using this guide will support researchers to do customzied data runs of data from the American Community Survey. Thanks to Kevin Cherry who has done this heavy lifting. An example of what you could do after watching these videos: you could "pull" data on the experiences of middle income Somali immigrants who live in Multnomah County. identifying their education levels, and income patterns over time.

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