Federal statistics site gains tools to ease access to local data

The Housing and Urban Development Department and the Census Bureau have combined forces to make trolling for government statistical information about cities, counties, states and the nation easier.

The agencies have enhanced the Fedstats Web site with a new powerful MapStats section. Users are one click away from state data and two clicks from county and city data, HUD officials said today.

MapStats eliminates the need to search multiple sites to get information on births and deaths, income, poverty, housing, crime, employment, retail sales, education levels, travel time to work, minority owned firms, weather and many other community indicators.

The site now links two applications to search for information across federal agencies. When used with HUD's State of the Cities Data System, MapStats takes users to detailed demographic and business information for cities. Data from the State of the Cities Data System is available for four decades back to allow trend research.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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