Who doesn’t love a free data source? This particular data source, from the National Association of Counties, is both easy to use and beautiful to behold. For the casual user, a wide variety of population, age distribution and employment/industry measurements are easy to access with a single click on the color-coded map.
Here’s an example for Harris county. I selected population group 65 years and older.
The color coded counties give a visual frame of reference for the indicator I selected – 65+ years old. The dark blue counties have the highest population percentages in that age range.
There are quick reference lists of county populations by state and the data can be downloaded, if you want to put on your analytics hat for a while.
But wait, there’s more. A lot more! Almost hidden at the bottom of this page is another link to view economic status, at the county level with respect to recovery from the recession. Again, selecting Harris county, this is the summarized report available for the economic indicators.
Can I just say I’m amazed?!