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

From: Dylan Beaudette <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 12:46:23 -0800

On Thursday 17 January 2008 10:55:03 am Zembower, Kevin wrote:
> I've been given the job of extracting some data from the United States
> 2000 census (files at
> 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

Have a look at the PostGIS and GeoServer projects. I recall that there is an excellent tutorial on making sense of the TIGER data with PostGIS.


Dylan Beaudette
Soil Resource Laboratory
University of California at Davis

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