Each topic page on the ET Index website contains a "Resources" tab. Those tabs contain information and links to organizations that provide data or services in the topic area. This section includes links to general, cross-sectional sources of data and information. There are three types of information provided in this section: national data sources and services; local information sources; and information about community indicator projects.
National Data Sources and Services
The United States Census Bureau is one of the world's largest sources of data and analysis. In fact, the basic enumeration conducted every 10 years is required by the U.S. Constitution (Article 1, section 2). Census Bureau information includes both data from its enumeration conducted every 10 years, as well as various data estimates, analyses and reports. For a summary of the Census Bureau data tools, click here.
One particularly useful census tool is the American Fact Finder which provides relatively easy access to data, and which can be sorted by a wide range of factors, even your own zip code.
An important initiative of the U.S. Census Bureau is the American Community Survey (ACS) which samples over 3 million households annually to provide updates to the 10-year enumeration. ACS is a survey sent to a small percentage of our population on a rotating basis which collects detailed information on the characteristics of our population and housing.
There are various public and private services that utilize Census information to provide useful analysis, reports and maps.
Following are some particularly useful sources:
- The Social Explorer provides web-based maps illustrating a wide range of demographics down to the census tract level.
- City Data.com includes a wealth of information, from statistics to photographs, for the largest U.S. cities and their surrounding areas.
- Community Issues Management (CIM) uses data similar to ACT Rochester and permits web-based mapping.
- Diversity Data provides profiles and rankings for metropolitan areas.
- Fairdata use mapping down to the census tract level to illustrate a variety of demographic data.
- CensusScope provides quick charts, maps, and rankings for the nation, states, metro areas, and counties.
- The Census Bureau application OnTheMap allows users to analyze aspects of specific areas in the country.
Local Information Sources
Innovation Valley, Inc. publishes comprehensive data on the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley region. Information includes statistics on businesses, demographics, education, employment, and transportation, among others.
The East Tennessee Economic Development Agency provides a data library with statistics, interactive maps, regional links, and regional updates for the counties in Eastern Tennessee, including Knox County.
The Development Corporation of Knox County provides a county profile with brief summaries and statistics for businesses interested in Knox County.
The City of Knoxville publishes information on the government branches and departments, as well as information on the city in general. They also provide a list of media in Knoxville—newspaper, television, magazines, and radio—which may serve as local resources for more information.
About Community Indicators
Our project is modeled after community indicator efforts used in many other communities. Currently, there are dozens of community indicator programs in the United States and in other countries. While programs differ in design, they have a common element: the use of community data to understand and address critical issues. The Community Indicators Consortium provides general information community indicators and communities using this approach. Jacksonville, Florida was one of the earliest communities to use community indicators. The Jacksonville Community Council provides research information on the value of community indicators. Vital Signs is a community Indicators program used by many localities in Canada.
Several community indicator projects were studied in the development of the Knoxville community profile, including the following:
- Boston Indicators Project
- Toronto's Vital Signs
- State of the Region: Regional Performance in the Buffalo-Niagara Region
- Strategic Spartanburg (Spartanburg, S.C.)
- Ottawa's Vital Signs
NOTE: Consult the "Resources" tab in each topic section for addition information.