Finally the detailed demographic data from the 1980 US Census is available
in a convenient, easy to use format. GeoLytics has created CensusCD 1980, a
single CD-ROM with detailed 1980 population statistics, housing data, and
geographic boundaries combined with software for creating reports and
displaying data as colorful thematic maps.
CensusCD 1980 provides an important baseline for analyzing present and
future trends in census data.
Finally you can find complete 1980 Census data, both the 100% count (STF-1) and
long form (STF-3) data, down to the block group level in one convenient source.
CensusCD 1980 gives you over 1,500 demographic variables
for every Block Group, Tract, Place, Minor Civil Division (MCD),
County, State, Division, and Region as well as for the Nation as a whole.
Covers 1980 population and housing attributes with data on age, race, ancestry,
gender, poverty, income, education, commuting, employment, rent, home
ownership, housing value, size of housing, heating systems, and even bathrooms.
Users can select one or several data items in customized reports or choose
pre-formatted single topic reports with pre-selected data fields. All data can
be exported (see below).
1980 Census Boundaries
CensusCD 1980 includes land and water boundaries for the entire country from
the block group level up. Boundaries for 1980 are provided for all Block
Groups, Tracts, Places, Minor Civil Divisions (MCD), Counties, States,
Divisions, and Regions as there were defined by the Census. GeoLytics built up
this boundary coverage from the most detailed level of census geography, the
census block. The 1990 Census was the first census in which every part of the
country was assigned to a census block with its features defined
geographically. GeoLytics created a detailed set of 1980 boundaries by using
the relationship of what 1980 tracts these 1990 block assignments were within,
as determined by the Census Bureau. This provides an extremely detailed
boundary set with a solid historical basis. The CD integrates boundary
selection with its thematic mapping tool so users never have to even think
about the boundaries when creating a map and viewing data. No desktop mapping
or GIS experience is needed to use this product. Boundaries can be exported in
popular GIS formats.
CensusCD 1980 includes a Data Mapping Engine which USA TODAY called
"Simple But Slick" Users can create customized geographic data
selections and visualize the demographics as color shaded maps. This improves
the perception of data trends and allows users to quickly find patterns in the
data. The Map Viewer has tools for zooming in and out of the map display,
hiding water boundaries, showing labels, and even allows customization of
themes, colors, and ranges. Shows data information alongside of map display for
quick reference or to change theme display on the fly.
Detailed data reports or thematic maps are generated with only three steps.
CensusCD 1980 uses an interface similar to GeoLytics' previous products. In
describing that interface the Technology Columnist for the Evansville Courier
said it, "takes the government information we all need and puts it in a
form that a chimp could work with." When combined with the convenience of
one disk the product's simple interface eliminates the technological hurdles of
working with 1980 US Census data. It is a perfect resource for anyone who needs
a recent historical perspective of the United States' population and housing.
CensusCD 1980 exports data for use with other software such as word processing,
spreadsheets, databases, statistical, desktop mapping, and GIS packages. This
dramatically increases the flexibility of the data by making it portable and
provides considerable cost savings considering all the different formats for
export. While this is a standard feature of GeoLytics' products some vendors
actually charge more for versions of their products to allow exporting or only
provide the data in a single format. Data reports can be created as .DBF or
ASCII (comma or tab delimited, with or without headers) files and map
boundaries can be exported in popular GIS formats (ArcView GIS's Shapefile or
MapInfo's MID/MIF) with the data attributes already linked.
One Windows CD-ROM
Convenience of a single CD-ROM finally makes it easy for PC users to work with
this historical demographic data. This is the first time such a complete set of
1980 Census data has ever been combined onto a single CD -ROM. CensusCD 1980
eliminates the need to download megabytes of data, swap multiple CDs,
decompress unnecessary data files onto your hard drive, or in some cases.
GeoLytics' unique compression technology decompresses data dynamically, or
"on the fly", to quickly get results right from the CD. The CD runs
under Windows 95, 98, or NT.
CensusCD 1980 comes complete with all the data and software a user needs for
getting results. It is a complete product for visualizing 1980 demographic data
down to the tract level. While the CD exports data for use with other more
specialized software packages, many users will find all they need to extract,
analyze, and produce detailed color maps of the data. The software is simple
enough for anyone familiar with Windows to use yet provides sophisticated tools
for serious researchers.
Custom Geographic Selection
CensusCD 1980 makes it easy to select specific geographic areas of interest.
Users can include any areas in a geographic level within a single report such
as selecting specific tracts or counties in different states within the same
report. CensusCD 1980 lets you customize results. If you need information on
tracts for a county in Maine and one in California and another in New York, you
can have them all in one report. More importantly the program will
automatically break down one or more larger areas into component units. For
instance getting New New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania reported by tract, place,
or county is a snap. Compare this to data vendors who only provide raw data and
want to sell you only one state or county at a time.
Custom Variable Calculator
The Map Viewer includes a calculator for performing mathematical operations on
demographic data in the reports to create new variables or show relationships
between variables. Automatically maps results as a new data theme. Provides
enhanced statistical analysis capability within the product to expand the
usefulness of the information. Includes comparative symbols (>,=, <) and
logical operators ("and", "or", "not") along with
mathematical symbols for more in depth analysis.
Documentation is included directly on the CD. This lets users start creating
reports in just minutes with an explanation of the simple interface and
examples. A special help section explains controls and features of the Map
Viewer to enable users create customized maps. Eliminates the problem of losing