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Subject: City & Census Tract Information
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: off2travel-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 15 Nov 2006 07:56 PST
Expires: 15 Dec 2006 07:56 PST
Question ID: 782945
How can I find a list of cities/towns that correspond to specific census tracts?

I basically have a list of 35,000 census tracts and I need to
determine what cities/and towns those census tracts represent. 
Ideally, I would like a spreadsheet of cities and towns with their
corresponding census tracts.  I have not been able to find this with
Tigr data or via census information.

Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 15 Nov 2006 12:46 PST
Here's part of the problem: The tract definition for 2004, 2005, and
2006 data are based on the 2000 Census. The US Census Bureau has no
plans to make 2000 TIGER (Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding
and Referencing system) data freely available to the public. For a
nominal fee however you can obtain searchable DVD databases or a
subscription to the online databases via the LandView 5 Landview 6 and
MARPLOT  software (included). This will enable you to search the
Census 2000 TIGER data and to map and geocode an address to a census
tract and block group number.

"The two DVD-ROM set is packaged in a single jewel case and sells for
$99. To facilitate cross state analysis, Louisiana, Arkansas,
Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota are on both the East and West DVDs. A
national network version is now available.

Except for Texas, an individual state may be ordered on one CD-ROM for
$60.00. For ordering information, go to the Home Page and click on the
"Catalog" link.

For those interested in having 1990 and Census 2000 data, we are
offering a subscription kit for $125.00 that includes LandView IV
(1990 Census) and LandView 5.

The LandView 5 and MARPLOT  software included on this disc were
created by agencies of the U.S. Government and are in the public
domain. They can be copied, used and distributed freely without the
requirement for royalty payments or further permissions. However, the
Census Bureau cannot provide technical support for products created by
others using LandView."

US CENSUS BUREAU
http://www.census.gov/geo/www/tiger/ctsi/ctsi.html
http://www.census.gov/geo/landview/lv5/lv5.html
http://www.census.gov/geo/landview/

http://www.census.gov/geo/www/tractez.html

Alternatively, you could search each one of the 35,000 tracts at
AMERICAN FACTFINDER and find out precisely where each of them are
located. To do this go here:

http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/AdvGeoSearchByListServlet?_command=getPlacenames&_programYear=50&_geoAreaType=140&_treeId=420&_disp_order=1007&_geoIdsHierarchy=&_currentGeoAreaType=&_lang=en

Then select a state

Then select a county

Then select a tact of interest to you and click MAP IT. 

You may also find these directions useful:

OVIATT LIBRARY
http://library.csun.edu/Find_Resources/Government_Publications/census90.html
(Particularly helpful is the section entitled. "To map a specific
census tract whose tract number is known", about 3/4 down the page)

Please let me know if this is sufficient in lieu of an actual "list"
of tract numbers.

tutuzdad-ga

Clarification of Question by off2travel-ga on 15 Nov 2006 13:13 PST
Yes, I'm familiar with this data.  I guess my problem is that this
doesn't help me efficiently get to where I need to be.  The end result
I guess I'm looking for is a spreadsheet with the following columns:

Census Tract City  State  Zip  Population

Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 15 Nov 2006 13:41 PST
I know of no spreadsheet that contains all (or even most) US Census
tract data. It appears that the two DVD-ROM set I mentioned is not
only your most probable option in order to find the information you
need on 35,000 tracts, but it is also probably the most accurate and
convenient way. I honestly don't think such a list exists so in view
of that, $60 for the two DVD-ROM set is really quite nominal if your
need for the information warrants a small investment.

You will also note that the DVD's are public domain data (though
exclusive to the US Census Bureau in this form of media it seems) and
is therefore transferrable. You could theoretically pass the DVD's on
to someone else once you are through with them.

"The LandView 5 and MARPLOT  software included on this disc were
created by agencies of the U.S. Government and are in the public
domain. They can be copied, used and distributed freely without the
requirement for royalty payments or further permissions."
http://www.census.gov/geo/landview/lv5/lv5.html

tutuzdad-ga

Request for Question Clarification by rainbow-ga on 15 Nov 2006 13:41 PST
I can provide you with the following:

Census 2000 Tract numbers in two separate text files: Alabama through
Montana and Nebraska through Wyoming and Puerto Rico. Each record
provides the name and associated state and county FIPS codes and
census tract numbers in hierarchical order. The leading and trailing
zeros of the Census Tract numbers are not shown.

Each line is a separate record, and each record consists of four fields: 

State Postal Abbreviation - 2 characters 
FIPS State Code - 2 characters 
FIPS County Code - 3 characters 
Name (state, county or census tract) - 64 characters 


Would this interest you?

Best regards,
Rainbow

Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 15 Nov 2006 14:29 PST
Further, on the DVD option, it does appear that a multiple tract query
is one of the features.

"Clicking in the radio box in front of the geographic level will
select all areas at that level. For example, if the level is Census
Tract, then clicking on it will select all of the tracts on that disk.
That means that if you're using the SF1 DVD, you will have selected
every tract in the United States."

http://govpubs.lib.umn.edu/census/disk.phtml

tutuzdad-ga
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