The http://www.greaterqcregiondata.org website is a data portal with current and historic demographic and economic data at various geographic levels for the five-county Bi-State Region, and the states of Illinois and Iowa. Here you’ll find statistical information about our five-county region as a whole, or learn about individual cities or counties within our Region. GreaterQCRegionData.org offers several levels of data reports including the following:
- Demographic, household, and population trends
- Market and business information, including educational attainment and labor force trends
- Transportation data on household mobility, vehicle availability, and freight trends
- And much more, with new data and topics updated annually
Data can be retrieved through a simple dashboard interface with over a dozen existing reports or a “create new report” function. Selectable tiles in the “Existing Reports” section provide an efficient, pre-set view of many different locations, with a built-in ability to adjust variables to benchmark peers and progress, whereas the “Create a New Report” allows users to build a report under broad topic areas including “demographic data, social data, economic data, or housing data.” The http://www.greaterqcregiondata.org website also contains links to important resources, located in the “Downloads” section, which contains published documents (such as region laborshed studies) and in the “Links to Additional Resources” section, which contains links to other helpful organizations.
Our data services staff is available to assist with requests for data or research. Please contact our Data Services Staff. Data requests are prioritized by member governments, chambers of commerce and economic development organizations, academic institutions, federal or state government, businesses, and the general public. Requests from non-members are handled on a first come, first-served basis. Please allow 1 to 2 business days for a request to be fulfilled.
Staff is involved in coordinating and assisting with many Census programs including:
Other Census Programs - Economic Census, Construction Surveys (building permits, NAICS, etc.)
Data Services Staff compiles, maintains and monitors a vast amount of current and historical demographic data at various geographic levels for the five-county Bi-State Region, states of Illinois and Iowa and the Nation. To access demographic data for the Region, please use our Data Portal website, GreaterQCRegionData.org. Or, to access multiple data sets and/or multiple geographies within the Nation, such as census blocks, tracts, voting districts, cities, counties and school districts, visit the Census’ American Factfinder or please contact our Data Services Staff.
Data Services Staff compiles, maintains, and monitors a variety of current and historical data related to economy and employment tracked at local, regional, state, and national levels, including labor force, monthly employment and unemployment, major employers, Consumer Price Index (CPI), and ACCRA Cost of Living comparisons. Bi-State staff also conducts the ACCRA Cost of Living Survey for the Quad Cities Metro Area.
Data Services Staff compiles, maintains and monitors current and historical economic data including:
Retail Sales Data
Community Profile/Fact Sheets are available for several counties and municipalities in the Bi-State Region, including the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which is locally known as the Quad Cities Region; Henry County, Illinois; Mercer County, Illinois; Muscatine, Iowa and surrounding area; City of Kewanee, Illinois; Village of Milan, Illinois; Village of Port Byron, Illinois; and City of West Liberty, Iowa.
These fact sheets provide a glimpse about life in the area, with statistics related to employment, transportation, health care, entertainment, education, communication, utilities, climate and cost of living.
The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the decennial census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.
Staff assists with preparation for and promotion of the decennial Census, and compiles, maintains and monitors current and historical Census data at various geographic levels for the five-county Bi-State Region, states of Illinois and Iowa, and the Nation. Users can access this data on our Data Portal, GreaterQCRegionData.org. Or, to access multiple data sets and/or multiple geographies within the Nation, such as census blocks, tracts, voting districts, cities, counties and school districts, visit the Census’ American Factfinder: http://factfinder2.census.gov.
For more information visit http://www.census.gov/history/www/programs/demographic/decennial_census.html or contact our Data Services Staff.
2010 Census Demographic Profile Summaries (DP-1) for each county and municipality in the Region are also available.
2000 Census Demographic Profile Summaries (DP-1) for each county and municipality in the Region are also available.
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year -- giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.
Data services staff are well-versed in the wealth of the American Community Survey data available and monitors a large store of ACS data describing the socioeconomic characteristics of the Region (or any part within). Popular data requests include population, race and ethnicity, ancestry, age, sex, family, housing, income, poverty, education, language, commuting to work, employment, veterans status. Our Data Portal, GreaterQCRegionData.org also has data for the five-county Bi-State Region, States of Illinois and Iowa, and the Nation. Or, to access multiple data sets and/or multiple geographies within the Nation, such as census blocks, tracts, voting districts, cities, counties and school districts, visit the Census’ American Factfinder: http://factfinder2.census.gov.
For additional information on the ACS, please contact our Data Services Staff.
Guidance for ACS Data Users
Three tips for using American Community Survey (ACS) data
1. The 2010 Census shows the number of people who live in the U.S. and the American Community Survey shows how people live.
• Use data from the American Community Survey to obtain demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics.
• Use numbers from the 2010 Census to obtain counts of the population and their basic characteristics (sex, age, race, Hispanic origin, and homeowner status).
• Use data from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program in the years between censuses. The Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program produces official population estimates for the nation, states, counties, cities and towns, plus housing unit estimates for states and counties.
2. All American Community Survey data are estimates.
• The Census Bureau collects American Community Survey data from a sample of the population in the United States and Puerto Rico--rather than from the whole population. All ACS data are survey estimates. To help you interpret the reliability of the estimate, the Census Bureau publishes a margin of error (MOE) for every ACS estimate.
3. American Community Survey collects and releases data by the calendar year for geographic areas that meet specific population thresholds as follows:
• Populations of 65,000 + ACS 1-year estimates
• Populations of 20,000 + ACS 3-year estimates
• Populations of almost any size ACS 5-year estimates
• American Community Survey 1-, 3-, and 5-year estimates are period estimates, which means they represent the characteristics of the population and housing over a specific data collection period. Data are combined to produce 12 months, 36 months or 60 months of data. These are called 1-year, 3-year and 5-year data.
For more information visit http://www.census.gov/acs/www/ or contact our Data Services Staff.