By Irina Ivanova
We all know the census contains data, but getting just the data you want out of it can be tricky. Paul Overberg and Ronald Campbell know this. Campbell used to call American Fact Finder "the tool of the devil" (though today only about a quarter of his audience agrees with him.) But there's hope.
Campbell, an independent journalist in California; Overberg, database editor at USA Today, and Mike Maciag, the data editor for Governing magazine, explained how to use Census-mining tools like IPUMS microdata and Census Reporter during a session at the 2014 CAR Conference.
Here are some of their tips: