New Census app helps users find local stats on the go

12/02/2013 11:00 AM |

CREDIT U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

The U.S. Census Bureau rolled out a new mobile app last week that gives users access to key demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics for thousands of places across the nation at the push of a button.

Powered by American Community Survey statistics, dwellr allows users to pull up data on various locations throughout the U.S. — including city size, geographic region, job type and income.

“With dwellr, people considering a move, homebuyers, travelers and military families can easily access and explore information on U.S. towns and cities based on data compiled through the American Community Survey,” Census Bureau Director John Thompson said in a statement. “With dwellr and our previously released America’s Economy app, the Census Bureau is using 21st century technology to accomplish our centuries-old mission to measure America and make the results accessible to the public anytime, anywhere on any device.”

Users can also learn more about where they are by a simple tap of the screen that reveals educational levels, housing values and commute times.

The mobile app is now available for download through the Apple app store and Google Play store for Apple iPhones and iPads and Android phones and 10-inch tablets. Privacy protection is built into the app, and all information is stored only on the user’s device.

cmurray@timesreview.com