[R] Any tools for working with US 2000 census data?

From: Zembower, Kevin <kzembowe_at_jhuccp.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 13:55:03 -0500


I've been given the job of extracting some data from the United States 2000 census (files at
http://www2.census.gov/census_2000/datasets/Summary_File_2/Maryland/all_ Maryland.zip 52M). I'm only interested in Census Block Groups (CBGs) located within Baltimore City, Maryland. Additionally, I just have to extract certain data fields. I think I'll be using Summary File 2. This is my first experience working with US census data.

I wasn't successful finding anything using RSiteSearch, although there were some packages with data extracted from the US 2000 census.

Are there any pre-constructed tools in R for working with this data? Does the US 2000 census data itself come packaged in R? If there are no R tools, I'd welcome any suggestions on working with this data from anyone experienced with it.

Thanks for your advice and suggestions for me.

-Kevin

Kevin Zembower
Internet Services Group manager
Center for Communication Programs
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
111 Market Place, Suite 310
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
410-659-6139



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