Unfortunately, I can't answer your question. In fact, I went looking for poverty-by-household in the 2010 ACS data recently and couldn't find it either, but I'm not confident yet that I've conclusively searched enough.
Factfinder is hairy, and I'm no expert at it. By inclination, I've been looking more at the raw data files. I might be able to share what I've learned about that stuff if you want to go down that path and have questions, or if I haven't learned it yet, maybe your questions will help me get smart faster!
My real point in writing here was to suggest you join the CENSUS-L email list sponsored by NICAR. There are a lot of smart folks there who may be able to advise if no one here knows... see http://legacy.ire.org/join/listserv.html
On Mar 28, 2012, at 4:20 PM, Jessy Kate Schingler wrote:
> hey all,--
> i'm looking for help working with the US census factfinder2 system, to retrieve data by zipcode. seems like it should be easy! but i must be missing something really obvious. it's driving me nuts :).
> my immediate goal is to get income levels (median, mean, per person or per household, whatever is available) by zipcode. but, in general i would like to make arbitrary " * by zipcode" queries. i realize that the census bureau has it's own mapping from whatever the zip code was at the time to some other internal code or codes. however, if i start with no filters and type "xip code" into the search box, i see there are a lot of data sets that seem to be available by zip code. so my questions are:
> 1. how does one even know what data is available at what granularity, and in what data set? ie, it seems like income level might not have been done at the per-household level in the 2010 census? but that perhaps it was done in one of the more recent community surveys? or is the most recent income data from 2000?
> 2. is there a geographic filter to get a breakdowns by zipcode? as i said above, i can search for "zip code" and see there are results, but cannot figure out how to use the geographic filters to achieve this.
> there are so many zipcode sites out there (zipskinny, zipwho, etc.) that have this data by zipcode it seem there must be a way to do so... unfortunately, those sites all seem to have 2000 census data. city-data.com has a lot of data, seeming including 2010 statistics, but no citations of their sources, so it's not very useful for research.
> TIA for any help, and feel free to mail me off-list!
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