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2007.05.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Session on American Community Survey

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host a free session on the American Community Survey (ACS) on Thursday, May 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Collaborating Center, 115 S. 49th Ave.

The event, co-sponsored by the UNO Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) and the Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha, will focus on newly released Douglas County and Omaha area census data.  The presentation will, particularly, highlight housing value, income level and poverty trends in the metropolitan area.

“This will provide a snapshot of where we are as a city and county,” said Jerry Deichert, a CPAR researcher.  “This will be our first look at small-area, neighborhood level data in Douglas County since 2000.”

The ACS asks the same critical demographic and economic questions as the full U.S. Census, but on a yearly basis rather than once every t10 years.  It’s a powerful information source for anyone looking at planning for the future, Deichert said. 

Douglas County is one of only 34 counties in the country receiving small area ACS data at this time.  The most current data to be presented includes information from 2005.

Some of the focal points for Omaha and Douglas County that will be discussed include:

* The census tracts (neighborhood like areas) where income and poverty levels have changed since 2000;

* A comparison of the characteristics in the county’s various school districts; and

* A look at information related to children within Omaha zip codes.

“This information absolutely gets down to the neighborhood level,” Deichert said.  “Non-profit organizations, government officials and developers will all find this information helpful.”

While there is no cost to attend, seating is limited.  Registration is being taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  Call (402) 561-7585 to register.  For additional information on the ACS, call (402) 554-2132.

Another upcoming session on demographic trends for the state of Nebraska and local areas will be held later this summer.  CPAR will hold its annual data users conference Aug. 16, at Boys Town.

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The ACS, an annual mail survey conducted by the Census Bureau, is the most timely source of socio-economic and housing data in the United States.  Data from the ACS is used to help make critical local decisions such as where to best locate new businesses, roads and government services.   Those receiving an ACS questionnaire in the mail are asked to complete and return it, as it costs about 10 times more to complete a personal interview than process a written form.

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