Towncharts.com provides information and data about every geographic location in the United States
including city, county, zip code, state and more. The information is
beautifully portrayed in clear charts and has simple navigation links
and a quick search box. Towncharts.com provides information that is
collated from a large variety of government agencies and public data
sources and we hope is the most useful and most valuable information
On Towncharts.com you will find useful
information about cities, zip codes, counties, states and more such as:
The most recent
population overall as well as interesting breakdowns by age, gender,
race, and many more.
the population by the obvious categories of age/gender/race but also
marriage status, children, birth rates, families, singles, poverty,
citizenship, ancestory, languages and much more.
information about local economies including data about
individuals and family household earnings. Also, occupation/job data, people employed
by industry and by job classification. Cost of living data such as indices of food,
fuel, healthcare and more. Unemployment rates and information as well as those employmed,
labor force participation, self employment, commuting time, and more.
Hard to find
information about the cost of renting and owning in each geographic
area including detail such as who customarily pays for utilities in
the various rental markets. Other information about the composition
of homes in the area, year built, and more.
information about the percent of the population who have graduated
from high school or college as well as fields of study in college
and graduate school. Additionally, data is provided on schools that
are in close proximity to the geographic area.
find information about healthcare insurance coverage as well as the
percentage change in insurance coverage in those geographic areas. Type of healthcare
coverage, penetration of Obamacare/Affordable Care Act (ACA). Includes important
demographic breakouts of who has and does not have healthcare insurance such as children
without healthcare insurance, population by income bracket and more. Finally, there is also
information about specific healthcare providers that are located in the geographic area
such as hospitals. Quality of care and service metrics for the healthcare providers is
also provided where it's available.
Towncharts.com brings a wealth of publicly
available government agency data to users and updates that data on a
regular basis. Consumers as well as a wide range of business
users will value easy access to this data and information already
in easy-to-understand graphical formats. The data sources used on Towncharts.com
are drawn from an array of publically available data sources from a variety of
government agencies. Although this data is readily available from these government agencies
it can often be challenging. You may have found this to be the case and came to
this website as an alternative.
Why use Towncharts.com instead of the original government agency that publishes the data sources?
Integrated Data Sources
Often government agencies will
provide data only on a particular topic area that the agency
is tasked to follow. As a result, they do not typically integrate data
together from different government agencies. Having logically related data
together in one location is helpful and time saving.
Difficulty Obtaining Data
Sometimes the data available
from government agencies can be challenging to obtain even
though online software systems might also be provided.
These systems can be hard to use, confusing, and/or time
consuming to get the data you need. At worst, the data is only provided
via a large and potentially complicated data file that will require download,
conversion, analysis, and graphing.
Generally users will need to compare one
location to others in the area and especially to state and U.S.
benchmarks to understand and gain perspective on a particular
metric. Often this can be time consuming even when the government
agency provides some type of online software system. Towncharts.com
provides each geographic location with other locations in proximity. Additionally, relevant aggregate comparisons are also shown such
as the national median value, state medians and a large metropolitan area value (such
as a Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CSA.)
Easy Geographic Navigation
Often easy-to-use navigation is
not available from the online software system at the government agency.
Towncharts.com provides a simple hypertext linked navigation system that enables
you to logically move from one geographic location to another. This includes moving
from a city to a zip code, county, another city, the state or national level.
Clear Graphical Formats
Often data is provided by
government agencies only in a tabular format or an inflexible or
hard to understand graphical format. The data on Towncharts.com is provided in
easy-to-understand graphical formats. Additionally, when tables are provided
on Towncharts.com most of the time it will include a helpful embedded bar graph
in the table to help quickly assess the magnitude of the values provided.
Quick Data Access
Often the public data from a government
agency is buried deep within data dictionaries and user interfaces. It can be challenging and time consuming to find and extract the information you
Towncharts also includes helpful
interpretive text along the left hand side margin which can be
used to simply read what is being provided in the charts and
Towncharts.com includes a wide variety of
publically available data sources and is also always on the lookout
for more information that would enhance the user experience. Our
Data sources generally update their data once a year but can also
provide updates monthly and sometimes quarterly. Additionally, some
data is updated only on a less than yearly basis.
The data source and year of update is always provided for each chart. To see the
exact data source and year of the data displayed simply put your mouse pointer over
the "i" icon which is located
in the upper right hand corner of each and every chart.
From the Census Bureau and provided every 10
American Community Survey
Also from the Census Bureau but updated
once a year. This data is based on the Decennial Census but
updated via survey sampling on an annual basis.
Department of Labor
The Department of Labor estimates a variety of
economic indicators including employment levels.
Census Bureau International Database
The Census Bureau also
compiles this annual database of statistics for select countries
in the world.
CIA World Fact Book
An annual reference of key statistics for the
United States and other countries.
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
This arm of the
Federal Government is concerned with healthcare and provides data about providers of healthcare and
other healthcare services in the United States.
More information about Towncharts data sources.
Do you know any other great data sources for Towncharts.com? Let us know!