Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Census Reduces Data for Mid-Sized Counties and Municipalities

In an effort to save money, the Census Bureau is cutting back its American Community Survey (ACS) data program. As with most federal agencies, the Census Bureau is faced with a tightening budget and needs to trim $15 million in the coming year, and ACS three-year estimates are on the block. For Wisconsin counties in ten public library systems, that means getting a murkier picture of people and economies. Affected counties and communities with 20,000 to 64,999 residents will get data less often for five-year periods instead of three. The change will go into effect for the expected 2012 to 2014 estimates.

Using Wisconsin Department of Administration final 2014 population estimates, 30 of our 72 counties may be affected:
  • Adams
  • Barron
  • Calumet
  • Chippewa
  • Clark
  • Columbia
  • Door
  • Douglas
  • Dunn
  • Grant
  • Green
  • Iowa
  • Jackson
  • Juneau
  • Kewaunee
  • Lincoln
  • Marinette
  • Monroe
  • Oconto
  • Oneida
  • Pierce
  • Polk
  • Sauk
  • Shawano
  • Taylor
  • Trempealeau
  • Vernon
  • Vilas
  • Waupaca
  • Waushara
Wisconsin Counties with 20,000 to 64,999 residents
and 30 municipalities in 15 library systems:
  • City of Beloit
  • City of Brookfield
  • Village of Caledonia
  • City of De Pere
  • City of Fitchburg
  • City of Fond du Lac
  • City of Franklin
  • Town of Grand Chute
  • City of Greenfield
  • City of Janesville
  • City of La Crosse
  • City of Manitowoc
  • Village of Menomonee Falls
  • City of Mequon
  • Village of Mount Pleasant
  • City of Muskego
  • City of Neenah
  • City of New Berlin
  • City of Oak Creek
  • Village of Pleasant Prairie
  • City of Sheboygan
  • City of South Milwaukee
  • City of Stevens Point
  • City of Sun Prairie
  • City of Superior
  • City of Watertown
  • City of Wausau
  • City of Wauwatosa
  • City of West Allis
  • City of West Bend

For more information, see dailyyonder.com/census-data-cut-will-hurt-mid-sized-places/2015/03/16/7770

Written by:
Jamie McCanless, Public Library Development Team