May 3, 2019
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Developers at National Day of Civic Hacking Use US Census Bureau API to Create Innovative App and Infographics
Over 11,000 people participated in the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking on June 1st and 2nd, 2013. At the event, developers collaborated with government agencies and entrepreneurs to create applications that help solve civic and social problems impacting local communities. Developers used a variety of public APIs and datasets to create their applications, including the US Census Bureau API, which was used to create an interactive application and several infographics. The US Census Bureau API is the first API created by the US Census Bureau and was released to the public back in July 2012.
It can certainly be stressful to move into a new home and even more stressful if you don't know the city well that you are moving to. Trying to find a location within a city that has good schools, low crime, and inhabitants that share your lifestyle is usually a priority. Thankfully, PicketReport aggregates all of this information into an easy to use website that makes evaluating locations a lot easier. There's also a PicketReport Lifestyle API to make the information programmatic.
The US Census is a treasure trove of valuable information for many people. From salesmen trying to market to curious people trying to learn about new cultural trends, the Census is a great source of information. Accessing this data in a computer readable form is sometimes difficult, however. The USA Today Census API simplifies the process, at least for the 2010 census.