The Real Deal New York

City launches neighborhood ‘FactFinder’ portal

August 02, 2012 01:30PM

The City Planning department has launched a new online map portal for accessing data such as how many people rent versus own homes in their neighborhoods, what the racial and age makeup is in the blocks surrounding their homes and how many housing units there are in their areas. Through the portal, dubbed the “NYC Census FactFinder,” data from the 2010 New York City census can then be cross-referenced with data from 10 years prior.

The tool replaces an older census search application that did not include data from the most recent New York City census.

“The NYC Census FactFinder is one of the most frequently used tools on City Planning’s website,” Burden said. “Sifting through census data can be a daunting task. Now, New Yorkers can easily find demographic information and, for the first time, view changes in their communities with this simple tool.”

By the end of the year, the planning department anticipates that the portal will include socioeconomic information from the most recent American Community Survey. The fact finder was developed in conjunction with the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and can be accessed via the planning department’s website. — Katherine Clarke