What is a census tract?

Census Tracts are sub-divisions of counties. They are designed to provide a stable division of a county over time for statistical purposes. They range in size but average around 4,000 people - with a minimum population of about 1,000 and a maximum of about 8,000. Unlike ZIP codes, they are relatively stable overtime so they work well for tracking data. Census tracts are larger than census block groups and blocks. 

Here on Community Commons, you can map many indicators at the Census Tract level to see variation within your county. Note that not all data is available at this level of detail. 

Learn more about census tracts here


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