acs version 2.0: an R package to download and analyze data from the US Census

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This is a re-post from the R packages mailing list

We are pleased to announce the release of version 2.0 of the “acs”
package, now available on CRAN

The package allows users to download, manipulate, analyze, and present
demographic data from the U.S. Census, with special tools and methods
to simplify the tasks of working with estimates and standard errors
contained in data from the American Community Survey (ACS).

Version 2.0 of the package provides full support for all ACS data
available through the Census API — including the most recent 2014
data — as well as Decennial Census Data from 1990, 2000, and 2010.
Users can work with existing census geographies (states, counties,
tracts, block-groups, places, zip code areas, congressional districts,
school districts, etc.), or create and save their own custom
geographies with the package’s “geo.make()” function.

For more information please visit:
and the newly-updated “Working with acs.R” user guide at

Special thanks to package beta testers (Ari, Arin, Bethany, Emma,
John, and Michael) and the entire acs-r community, as well as to Uwe
and Kurt at CRAN for their infinite patience and continuing care and
stewardship of the system.

Ezra Haber Glenn, AICP
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 7-337
Cambridge, MA 02139
[email protected] |
617.253.2024 (w)
617.721.7131 (c)

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