New Census data can show way to stories, sources

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The Census Bureau will release its American Community Survey five-year estimates on Tuesday, Dec. 14. You can find useful information in the data with just a few mouse clicks – if you know where to look. In this tip sheet, veteran reporter Frank Bass shows you step by step what you can learn from Census data and how to find that information.

That data can help you portray your community accurately by providing a break down of age groups, types of disabilities, poverty status and even how many people have health insurance.

Use the poverty data to identify the communities you should be talking to about urban health problems, such as chronic illnesses and greater complications. Other data will help you determine how many people are covered by certain types of health insurance or how many households are receiving food stamps.

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