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Welcome to the CDXZipStream May 2013 Newsletter


This month we cover a number of improvements:


- The Census 2000 database has been upgraded to allow comparison with key Census 2010 data, based on zip code

- The Bulk Radius Analysis template and census tract database can now be purchased directly from the website

- The FIPs code template now gets both block and census tract FIPS codes, based on address info


And here's are our latest blog articles:



Improved Census 2000 Database


We're upgraded the CDXCensus data feed (available in the CDXZipStream Premium and Premium ACS versions) to allow for better comparison with the 2010 Census.  It may not be obvious why anyone cares about data from the year 2000, but changes between the decennial census' in 2000 and 2010 can be very valuable for tracking trends in areas like population growth and aging.  Since these data sets are a 100% count of the population, they provide a very accurate snapshot of the U.S. population and can be a great source of data for marketing projections and long-term business planning in general.


Here are the areas where there are now directly comparable zip code census data for both 2000 and 2010 in CDXZipStream: age (median, and by age group), household size (family, non-family, size groups), housing units (owner and rental occupied, size goups), population, and race.  Since the 2000 Census data also included income, educational attainment, and other socioeconomic data now covered by the American Community Survey, trends in these areas can be tracked by using the ACS zip code feed available in the CDXZipStream Premium demographics version.


If you already have the CDXZipStream Premium or Premium ACS version, you can get the updated CDXCensus data feed by logging into your account and updating your data files. If you'd like to upgrade to one of these versions, please log in to your account and select "Upgrade Licenses" from the Product Management menu.

Bulk Radius Template, Census Tract Database Can Now be Purchased Directly


We've made it a lot easier to get a couple of our newest add-ons for CDXZipStream.  Either of these can be purchased now by logging into your account and selecting "Buy Data Update" from the Product Management menu.*


Bulk Radius Analysis Template:  When you need to do radius analysis for a matrix of X by Y locations - we call it bulk radius analysis - consider using our bulk radius template.  This tool can perform many repetitive distance calculations, and can answer questions like:  With X stores and Y distributions centers, which distribution centers are closest to each store?  Or with X hospitals and Y patients, which patients are closest to each hospital? 

Just enter the addresses of all X and Y locations, and the template calculates straight-line distance between all combinations of address pairs.  Locations can then be sorted based on distance, and best of all, you can also specify a radius distance and create a complete report, listing all Y locations located within the radius of each X target location.  The template is compatible with any MapPoint, Basic, and premium demographic versions of CDXZipStream.  For a short video tutorial, please see Store Locator Analysis in Microsoft Excel.


Census Tract Database: The CDXTract data feed is now an option for all demographic versions of CDXZipStream.  This feed contains a wide variety of demographics from both the 2010 Census and American Community Survey, down to the census tract level. To support this feed, we also have a free downloadable Excel template that can identify census tract codes from address information.  This feed is an invaluable tool for performing market research; for more information please refer to our blog article Get 2010 Census Tract Demographics in Microsoft Excel. For a short tutorial on how to use CDXTract, please see the YouTube video Census Tract Demographics for an Address List.


*To see the appropriate purchasing option you must own the compatible CDXZipStream version.  Need to upgrade to a higher version?  Log in to your account and select "Upgrade Licenses" from the Product Management menu.



Get Block and Census Tract Codes from Address Data


As a result of customer requests we now provide block as well as census tract codes in our FIPS template, available by free download from our links page.  These codes are unique identifiers used by the U.S. Census bureau to tabulate data from the decennial census and American Community Survey.   The template allows users to input address lists and obtain the 11-digit census tract FIPS code and the 15-digit block FIPS code for each location.  FIPS is the acronym for Federal Information Processing Standard.


Census tracts on average have about half the population of zip code areas, and provide an excellent basis for extracting demographic data from the U.S. census.  There are just over 74,000 census tracts in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  Blocks are significantly smaller areas compared to census tracts; there are about 8.2 million blocks, although about a quarter of these do not contain any population.  With the census tract code it is easy to use the CDXZipStream data feed CDXTract (available for separate purchase for any of the CDXZipStream demographic versions) to obtain income, population, age, household, and other key demographics. For a quick tutorial on how to use the FIPS template, please see Get Census Tract FIPS Codes in Microsoft Excel.


Latest Data Updates


Canadian and U.S. data feeds were updated as of May 15.  There were 6,523 changes made to the U.S. database this month.  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 

May 2013



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In This Issue

Improved Census 2000 Database


Bulk Radius Template, Census Tract Database Can Now be Purchased Directly


Get Block and Census Tract Codes from Address Data


 Latest Data Updates