Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Why We BEG You To PLEASE Fill Out The American Community Survey

Those of you who are familiar with SRTC know we use tons of U.S. Census data and we LOVE census years because they mean we will be getting new, updated data soon. How MUCH do we love the Census. That's Kevin, one of our GIS Analysts. Even the headband has the Census logo on it. 

Most everyday people don’t even think about where State and Local governments get the information they need to make sure programs are on track, or that local services are keeping pace with their community’s changing demographics.

This infographic explains the important role the American Community Survey plays in the future of America's planning needs. The ACS asks questions about our lives - how old we are, how much we earn, whether we work or go to school, how much we pay in rent or on a mortgage, whether we need assistance with daily routines, and more. These 72 questions provide an annual portrait of the nation and our communities that America can use to assess the past and plan the future. 

So if you receive one of the ACS surveys, PLEASE fill it out. Click the graphic to view it full size.

Why We Ask
 [Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.