The U.S. Bureau of the Census provides an array of free, high-quality data on population, housing, and other information essential to the work of planners. The information is accessible to anyone with an Internet connection, but some insight into how the information is gathered and organized can make it even easier to navigate.
This report from APA's Planning Advisory Service provides th...
About the Authors
Dr. Christopher (Chris) Williamson, AICP is the now-retired Principal Planner in the City of Oxnard, CA (population 200,000) responsible for population projections, the general plan, affordable housing programs, sea-level rise coastal planning, and energy efficiency and sustainability programs. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Cal State Channel Islands teaching population studies and climate change demographic adaptation planning. Chris has been an APA-recognized expert on planning uses of Census Bureau data.. He was previously an Asst. Dean and Research Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Policy, Planning, and Development and a 2002 Fulbright Scholar studying demography in Germany. Chris holds a BS in Geography (Penn State), a Master of Planning and Policy Analysis (UVA), and a PhD in Planning (USC).