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  1. I am examining the relationship between metropolitan-level foreclosure and racial residential segregation in U.S. American cities between 1990 and 2010. I am including characteristics which can be found in decennial census surveys and ACS estimates. One variable absent from these sources is the age in which the largest city in the metro reached a population size of 50,000. I was curious to know of any source that has already compiled this.
  2. What is the difference in the standard occupational classification system over time?
  3. What is the difference between OCCSOC and OCCCEN in the 2000 census (and the ACS)?
  4. How do I use American FactFinder?
  5. I need more information on IPUMS. Where can I find it?
  6. Where can I find out more information on the quality of the data used in the American Community Survey?
  7. I have a student looking to measure the geographic dispersion of families (at least in the U.S., and other places if possible), specifically: 1) how many families with children at home have grandparents who are out of state and 2) how many divorced parents with children at home are not co-located in the same state (e.g., child lives with one parent and the other is out of state or child spends time with each parent in separate states)." There seem to be lots of measures of an individual household's mobility (from the U.S. Census and CPS per se), and the U.S. Census even has a measure of grandparents living in the same household with children. Do you know of any nationally representative data that will fit the bill?
  8. How do I get a chi square?
  9. I want to use the NLS97 cohort for a study of religious affiliation of youth. I am having trouble finding religious preference.
  10. I need to know what the boundaries of metropolitan areas were at the time of the 2000 census. How are metropolitan areas defined? As an example, I need to know Albuquerque, New Mexico, Atlantic-Cape May, New Jersey, and Chicago, Illinois.
  11. Do you know if there is a way to construct a Hispanic measure in the 1960 PUMS? I assume by the 1970 census there is a Hispanic category. Is that right?