Census at IRE

The Investigative Reporters and Editors website has a special section about the census.


From here, you can download data all the way down to the neighborhood (“place”).

The data can be overwhelming, so you might start with the basic population numbers first. You can also look at easy-to-understand numbers such as “Urban vs. Rural”.


IRE.org also has lots of tipsheets available free to members, and some webinars available for purchase.


  1. Kathleen says:

    The U.S. Census is a tremendous website and a good first place to start when exploring any story idea and/or beat. IRE has created a terrific database, but you may still have questions on how to process all of the information and how to be an efficient navigator. For that, you can check out Poynter’s interview with the man behind the IRE Census page: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/als-morning-meeting/111792/how-journalists-can-mine-census-data-for-stories-about-their-changing-communities/

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks, Kathleen! The Census site will be the focus of many posts to come, for sure. I’ll also try to do a post just about using the IRE database.
      Good to have the link to that interview, too.

    • Lisa says:

      And I’ve added that link to the Evernote section. It should appear on this site tonight or tomorrow.

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