What is the population of Hope, Arkansas? How about the Median Housing Value for Seattle? If you need to find such answers quickly, both volumes of the Atlas of the 1990 Census and the Upclose Census Digest should work. Each carves information from the 1990 Census into easily accessible components. The Atlas is most noteworthy for its stunning, color-coded maps on population, households, housing, race/ethnicity, the economy, and education. Each chapter starts with a page of text, followed by maps, chart, and figures. The book ends with a "Metro Fact Finder," which provides quick information on nearly 1000 localities, arranged by population. The digests are mainly columns of numbers, but they are bursting with facts and simple to use. Designed so that each volume in the set can be used as a stand-alone reference (they may be purchased separately or together as a set), the two editions include some identical chapters: state/national profiles, source explanations, and county maps. The Zip Code Edition, as the title implies, arranges its main tables by zip code, while the City & Town Edition is organized by localities (city, town, etc.). Each features the same tables: population, race/ethnicity, households, housing, income, and education. Libraries with more than occasional need for census data will find these works an effective supplement to the Statistical Atlas of the United States (published yearly by the U.S. Bureau of the Census).
- Bruce Rosenstein, "USA Today" Lib., Arlington, Va.
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Book Description Macmillan Publishing Company, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX002897302X