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How to use the Census Bureau’s application programming interface (API) to retrieve data


2022 Fall Webinar Series Event 1

November 15, 2022 at 11 AM ET/10 AM CT

This webinar serves as an introduction to help you get started and familiar with how to navigate the Census Bureau’s API.

Learn how to use the U.S. Census Bureau’s application programming interface (API) to quickly access data in a standardized way. In just a few easy steps, you can edit a sample URL, save your results and open it in Excel to get the data you need. Veteran Census Bureau Data Dissemination Specialist Tim Sarko will lead the session.

Presented by

Tim Sarko
Data Dissemination Specialist
Data Dissemination & Training Branch
U.S. Census Bureau

Also featuring the “Tennessee API Showcase”
Five-minute, flash-style presentations from Tennessee Data Users who have implemented the Bureau’s API in their work.

Tim Kuhn will show how to extract census data from the Census API using Power Query in Microsoft Excel
Randy Pullen from Chattanooga Regional Planning will demo his geoprocessing tool which adds tract-level American Community Survey data directly to ArcGIS Pro maps.
Aubrey Weiland from Knoxville-Knox County Planning will show the agency’s API-driven Census Data Explorer interface.

More about the Presentation

Retrieving bulk data from the American Community Survey or Decennial Census is a useful tool for data users of all levels. With a working a working knowledge of the API, users can retrieve data from different tables, geographic areas or years in large quantities more quickly than using web interface on

NOTE:  Although programmers and developers can use the Census Bureau’s API, this session targets data users who wish to learn faster and more efficient ways to retrieve Census data.