U.S. Census data: Exploring community, history, data, and change
The U.S. Census website has a number of features that teachers and students might explore: a lesson planning resource collection, a digital archive of historical census documents, a state and county fast fact finder, and a more complex tool that generates maps and data tables at the level of individual blocks in a neighborhood. All of the features allow for teachers and students to explore community, history, data, and change.
On the census website, there is an option to complete an address search on the left side of the page. Typing in an address in a small community in Alabama generated a map of a "block" (which seems to vary greatly in shape and size from a typical city block).
After typing in an address, you can choose to find demographic data (race, income, gender, age) by block or congressional district or school system or a number of other geographic boundaries. Included below is a table showing data from the same Alabama community in the map above.
Students can compare blocks or cities over a period of decades and use the data to understand how neighborhoods have changed. And this is only a beginning.