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New Microdata Access Tool Covered in June 18 Webinar

Microdata is a set of individual responses to the American Community Survey that have been anonymized. Why should microdata matter to you? Because it can be used to create custom tables about population and households in combinations that are not found in pre-compiled tables.

In the next installment of the State Data Center webinar series, we’ll turn our focus to the Census Bureau’s new Microdata Access Tool (MDAT). MDAT unlocks this incredibly powerful data in a new web-based interface. Join us for Microdata for All: Creating Custom Tables on

Data from the American Community Survey are incredibly detailed. But even with the billons of statistics it provides, sometimes the information still doesn’t conform to specifics of research project, policy evaluation, grant application or data request. That’s where MDAT comes in.

MDAT enables the extraction of custom tables and statistics that might not be available through the standard tables provided on Unique combinations such as:

  • Households with a certain number of members, by income size and race of householder
  • Occupation of workers by sex and by marital status
  • Presence of children in households, by age, by vehicle availability

In Tennessee, microdata is available for the state, as well as for 39 geographies called Public Use Microdata Areas or PUMA’s. Each PUMA includes populations of 100,000 or more.

Join us online at on Thursday, June 18, at 2 pm EDT. We’re excited to have KaNin Reese, Chief of Dissemination Outreach, Center for Enterprise Dissemination at the U.S. Census Bureau joining us to lead this session. Registration is required, but there is no charge to attend.

If you are an analyst, researcher, grant-writer or planner, you won’t want to miss this session.