How to Display Census Data from the US Census Bureau on Your WordPress Website

The United States is one of the most populated countries in the world, not counting anyone living in other parts of the country, in other countries, or on other planets. With almost three hundred million people living in the states, it’s no wonder that the US Census Bureau keeps track of so much information about them. This includes the number of households, types of housing, and much more. In this blog post, we will show you how to display some of this information on your WordPress website, using different methods to pull in the data and display it in the format that you see fit.

The Most Popular Census Table

If you’re new to this site, you may want to start by reading our post on the most popular census tables and the different ways that you can use them in your own research. One of the most popular tables from the 2010 US Census is the housing table, specifically the panel data for housing units, population, households, and renters.

This table can be found on the main census homepage and is very easy to work with. The housing table provides a lot of information at a glance. For example, there are about 10.6 million households in the US, and about 86% of those are renter-occupied. In addition, the number of persons per household has increased from about 1.9 in the 1950s to about 3.3 in 2010.

Other popular tables include:

  • Median age of householders (household with at least one person between the ages of 5 years and 14 years)
  • Means of transportation to work (workforce participants only)
  • Majority of people over the age of 16 (population by age group)
  • Education (population by education level)
  • Housing units (population by tenure type)
  • Households with children
  • Families compared to households (population between the ages of 5 years and 14 years)
  • Foreign born
  • Married couples
  • Living together, not married
  • People with disabilities
  • Veterans
  • Tertiary education
  • Income
  • Ethnicity
  • Race

This data is updated annually and is available from the US Census Bureau’s website. We recommend that you try out the different tables and see which ones you find useful for your research.

How to Display the Census Data on a Map

One of the features that we enjoy the most about this census data is that you can easily plot it on a map. To do this, simply follow the instructions below: