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Welcome to the CDXZipStream August 2012 Newsletter

There's particularly exciting news this month - we have a brand new data feed that provides demographics based on census tract, a much more precise approach than using zip codes.  To support this feature, we have also developed a free, downloadable template that returns census tract codes for a list of addresses.


Here are our latest blog posts:


 - Getting Demographics for an Address Using American Factfinder

Get Key Census Tract Demographics


We've just introduced a new database for CDXZipStream that provides an extensive variety of demographic data for 2010 census tracts. 


Demographics based on census tract offers significant advantages over zip code data.  Census tracts on average are about half the population of zip code areas, and the smaller size provides a much more accurate demographic picture.  Also, zip code census data is actually based on ZCTA's, or Zip Code Tabulation Areas, which are the Census Bureau's approximation of zip codes.   Census tracts, which are precisely defined by the Census Bureau, eliminate any possible error associated with using ZCTA's.


The CDXTract feed provides a variety of data from the 2010 Census and the on-going American Community Survey.  Topics are::


- Age

- Individual Earnings

- Educational Attainment

- Household Size

- Household Income

- Housing Value and Rent

- Marital Status

- Population

- Race

- School Enrollment

- Land, Water Area


To access the data, census tract codes (also referred to as FIPS codes), must be provided as input. We now also provide an Excel template that can identify census tract codes for an address list (see below).


Between the recent 2010 Census and the ongoing American Community Survey, there is now an unprecedented level of extensive, up-to-date census tract demographics available for the U.S. market.  Please note that census tract data is an additional purchase.   For pricing information and access to the CDXTract database, please contact us at 1-877-CDX-TEC1 (1-877-239-8321) or


Identify Census Tract Codes for an Address List


To use our new demographic data feed for census tracts, it is necessary to identify the 2010 census tract code for each location of interest.  This code, also referred to as the FIPS code, is an 11-digit number defined the the Census Bureau.  Each of the approximately 74,000 census tracts in the U.S. have a unique FIPS code.


Identifying the FIPS code for an address is not necessarily a trivial task, and can involve using complex geoocoding and mapping software.  But we've come up with a simple, inexpensive solution you can evaluate in a downloadable Microsoft Excel template.  Just open the template in Excel, and copy and paste your address list into the first worksheett.  Then click on the "Get FIPS" button and FIPS codes will be automatically identified for up to 5,000 addresses at a time.  The template can be evaluated using free trials of both CDXZipStream and Microsoft MapPoint.  Once you have the FIPS codes identified, you are ready to start getting demographics from our new CDXTract feed described above.   


Latest Data Updates


Canadian and U.S. data feeds were updated as of August 8.  There were 1090 changes made to the U.S. data feed.  If you would like to update your database to reflect these changes, click on the "License Information and Software Updates" icon on the CDXZipStream toolbar, and select "Data Updates" to login to your account.


We hope you find the information here helpful for you and your organization.  Please contact us with your feedback and suggestions by replying to this email.


The Team at CDX Technologies 


August 2012



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In This Issue

 Get Key Census Tract Demographics


Identify Census Tract Codes for an Address List


 Latest Data Updates




Download Census Tract FIPS Code Template



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