About Anywhere USA

Okay, not exactly “anywhere” but certainly anywhere that has American Community Survey (ACS) data and is bigger than a census block or tract.

Just start typing in the name to get a current demographic, economic and housing profile. 

Get profiles for:

  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Economic Development Districts (EDA-designated)
  • Metropolitan/micropolitan areas*
  • School districts
  • Tribal areas

Functionality

  • You can view it as a profile
  • Click on the Comparison tab to look at lots of places side-by-side (see example below)
  • Grab the data in Excel or Word format

Update frequency: Annually, when the 5-year estimates are released in December each year.

Screenshot of three EDDs from the comparison view.

Definitions

The definitions of each data variable in the American Community Survey are available in the detailed year-specific subject definition documents from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Geography

Anywhere USA uses the most recent five-year estimates and includes most of the geographic areas included for the ACS. Details on the geographic areas included in the ACS are available at https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/geography-acs/geography-boundaries-by-year.2020.html.

* Note: Metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas in this output come directly from the ACS, which currently uses the September 2018 statistical area definitions. Be aware that this vintage differs from the statistical area definitions used elsewhere on StatsAmerica.

Background information

StatsAmerica is powered by large-scale databases at IU’s Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) in the Kelley School of Business. Working with the U.S. Economic Development Administration and other partners, we provide important metrics for use by economic and community development organizations nationwide. The data are from a wide variety of public sources, with some proprietary data used to generate research-based indices.

Anywhere USA is a natural progression to providing metrics at smaller or different types of geographic areas, besides the county, town and state profiles that have been on StatsAmerica for many years. With this tool, users can easily locate places of interest and also compare them side-by-side to hone in on basic differences in population size, makeup of the population by age and race, as well as see the types of living arrangements, commuting patterns and occupations.

Questions? 

Feel free to email us at ibrc@iu.edu with questions, comments or suggestions.