Today I had the pleasure of speaking over the phone with someone from the Census Bureau. This was my first time speaking with someone who works there, and it was fun to move from thinking of the Census Bureau as “a government agency” to “a place where someone I know works.”
The conversation revolved around how R users can get better at working with Census data. In my experience the R community has a lot of interest in Census data. But the details can be hard. Here are some of the questions I had:
Not surprisingly, a single phone call did not answer all my questions. But I did leave the conversation with a list of recommendations. The following should help people who want to “take the next step” with Census data:
If you’re new to working with Census data in R, a great place to start is my free course Learn to Map Census Data in R.