June 10, 2011 – CT GIS User to User Network Meeting on the 2010 U.S. Census

The Connecticut GIS User to User Network will hold its quarterly meeting on June 10, 2011 at the University of Connecticut’s Greater Hartford Campus from 9am – 12 pm. This meeting will focus on topics related to GIS and the 2010 U.S. Census and will feature presenters from the U.S. Census Boston Regional Office. This meeting will be held in the Information Technology Building Room 104 at the University of Connecticut Greater Hartford Campus. Included below is a tentative outline:

Tentative Outline

9:00-9:15am – Introductions

9:15 – 9:45am – Locating 2010 Census Data using the New American FactFinder

9:45 – 10:00am – Tips and Tricks

10:00 – 10:15am – Networking

10:15 – 10:45am – Using 2010 Shapefiles and joining data from the 2010 Census

10:45 – 11:00am – Break

11:00 – 11:45am – American Community Survey and comparing ACS with 2010 Census data

11:45am – 12:00pm – Question and Answer Session

Parking and Navigating Campus

Parking is available for free in the visitor lot at the corner of Ayslum Ave and Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford, CT. Once on campus, the Information Technology Center is a short walk from the Parking Lot. The following link includes a campus map that includes details on each building: http://hartford.uconn.edu/map/campus.html

For Driving directions to the University of Connecticut Greater Hartford Campus, visit the following website: http://hartford.uconn.edu/map/

Can’t Make it? Attend this meeting Virtually!

For those that are unable to attend this meeting in person, a live web stream from this meeting will be offered. If you are interested in attending this meeting virtually via a live web stream, please complete the following form so we can be sure to provide you a link to attend the meeting virtually: http://bit.ly/lHuOM9

GIS Tips and Tricks

CT GIS User to User Network would also like to encourage participants to bring a GIS related tip to share with meeting participants. These tips could include a favorite extension, script, and time saving resource that would be useful to other meeting participants. Feel free to bring your tip on a sheet of paper to share with other meeting participants.

We look forward to seeing you physically or virtually for this meeting on the June 10, 2011!

2010 Census Shows Nation’s Hispanic Population Grew Four Times Faster Than Total U.S. Population

The U.S. Census Bureau released on May 26, 2011 a 2010 Census brief on the nation’s Hispanic population, which shows the Hispanic population increased by 15.2 million between 2000 and 2010 and accounted for more than half of the total U.S. population increase of 27.3 million. Between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent, or four times the nation’s 9.7 percent growth rate.

The Hispanic Population: 2010 brief looks at an important part of our nation’s changing ethnic diversity with a particular focus on Hispanic origin groups, such as Mexican, Dominican and Cuban.

For additional details visit: http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/cb11-cn146.html

6/2/2011 – Census Bureau to Hold Webinar Prior to Release of 2010 Census Summary File 1 for States

The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a webinar on June 2, 2011 at 2:30pm prior to the state-by-state releases of the 2010 Census Summary File 1 in June through August. You will learn about the topics to be released in the summary file, how the release process will work and how to access the data.

The webinar will consist of a simultaneous audio conference and online presentation. You will be able to ask questions during the audio conference once the presentation is complete.

Presenters include: Louisa Miller, assistant division chief, Census Programs, Population Division & Rob Chestnut, chief, Requirements and Stakeholder Relations Branch, Decennial Systems Contract Management Office

Details: Audio conference — access informationToll free number: 888-769-8716
Participant passcode: 2010 CENSUS

Online presentation — access information
Please login early, as some setup is required.URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/
Conference number: PW7852082
Audience passcode: 2010 CENSUS

If closed captioning is required: http://livewrite.nccsite.com/view/cb0602

More information available at: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/

5/26/2011 – New Data About Nation’s Age and Sex Composition and Hispanic Population

The U.S. Census Bureau will hold an audio and Web news conference to release the next two briefs from the 2010 Census. During the event, Census Bureau demographers will discuss the changes in the nation’s age and sex composition, including changes in the median age and sex ratios. The demographers will also discuss the growth and geographic distribution of Hispanic origin groups, such as Mexican, Puerto Rican or Cuban.

Thursday, May 26, 2011; 1 p.m. (EDT)
Lindsay Howden, statistician, Age and Special Populations Branch,Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau
Merarys Ríos-Vargas, statistician demographer, Ethnicity and Ancestry Branch,Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau
Sharon Ennis, statistician, Ethnicity and Ancestry Branch,Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau
Audio conference — access information
Toll free number: 1-877-917-7127
Participant passcode: CENSUS
Note: Stay on the line until operator asks for the passcode. Do not key in passcode.
Online presentation — access information
Please login early, as some setup is required.
Conference number: PW7661562
Audience passcode: CENSUS
If closed captioning is required:

Workshops announced: Locating Census 2010 Data using the NEW American FactFinder

The Connecticut State Data Center will hold a series of workshops beginning later this month to introduce the NEW American FactFinder, in the Homer Babbidge Library at UConn’s Storrs campus. For information on dates and times, and to register, please go to:


The U.S. Census Bureau introduced a NEW American FactFinder online Census data tool with enhanced searching and data display capabilities in conjunction with the release of 2010 Census data. In this workshop you will learn how to use the new American FactFinder to locate and download data – and create thematic maps – from a wide variety of population, economic, and housing information in the 2010 and 2000 decennial Censuses. From information on individual neighborhoods or zip codes, to state- or national-level data, the new American FactFinder is a powerful tool for navigating the vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The new American FactFinder will also soon replace the legacy American FactFinder as the platform for retrieving data from the American Community Survey (the ongoing Census program which produces data on educational attainment, income, occupation, marital status, and other detailed social and economic characteristics), and will also deliver data from the Economic Census. Join us to learn more about how to effectively navigate the NEW American FactFinder.