Webinars March 4, 11, 25: Accessing and Analyzing Census Data Using R

This year, the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) at the University of Michigan is hosting a webinar series called Accessing and Analyzing US Census Data using R. These webinars will introduce teachers, students and researchers to a set of powerful tools useful for their courses and research. Each webinar will be led by Kyle Walker, Associate Professor at Texas Christian University and R developer. During three free, virtual workshops, participants will learn how to use R to analyze census data in a variety of contexts. Participants are welcome from a broad range of disciplines including, though not limited to: sociology, public policy, urban studies, psychology, social work, math, nursing, and economics. Read descriptions and register below!

Workshop Descriptions

March 4, 2021 (2-5PM EST): Accessing and Analyzing US Census Data in R

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the tidycensus R package for working with US Census Bureau data. Tidycensus allows R users to swiftly access custom extracts of decennial Census and American Community Survey data and formats it for analysis with R’s tidyverse suite of packages. Participants will learn the basics of tidycensus; how to summarize and explore Census data with tidyverse tools; and how to create informative Census data visualizations in R. No prior experience with R is required, and analysts new to R are welcomed!

March 11, 2021 (2-5PM EST): Spatial Analysis of US Census Data in R

This workshop will introduce participants to tools for spatial data analysis and GIS in R with applied examples using US Census data. Participants will learn how to perform common GIS tasks in R and make both static and interactive maps with Census data. The workshop will cover R’s sf package for spatial data; the tigris and tidycensus packages for Census geographic data; and mapping with tools like ggplot2, Leaflet, and Mapbox. No prior experience with R’s spatial tools is required for this workshop - the only requirement is a curiosity about maps and spatial data!

March 25, 2021 (2-5PM EDT): Analyzing US Census Microdata in R

Social scientists commonly use individual-level microdata from the US Census Bureau to generate detailed cross-tabulations and insights not possible with aggregated data. This workshop is an introduction to analyzing microdata from the American Community Survey in R, focusing on new functionality available in the tidycensus R package. Participants will learn how to download microdata extracts directly from the Census website into R; work appropriately with survey weights to analyze microdata; and fit statistical models with microdata using R’s survey package. All participants are welcome, from analysts new to R to experienced microdata users!