2000 Census Data Uncovers the “Melting-Pot” of America
Using PCensus, the development staff of TETRAD Computer Applications have analyzed the newly
released 2000 Census Data to reveal some interesting racial patterns. Applying Targeting to
the percentage of population by race in counties shows that Queens, New York is the
Melting-Pot County in America.
PCensus is a demographic analysis package that lets the user describe a profile based on
census variables (race, income, etc.), and set threshold values on key demographics. PCensus
finds and ranks all the areas in the country that meet the demographic profile. In the first
trial of the 2000 Census Redistricting data, the percentage of population by race, in all
counties with 10,000+ population, were analyzed.
“We asked PCensus to find all the counties where the percentage of Black, White and Asian
races and Hispanics were at least 18% of the total population”, said Wilson Baker, Tetrad’s
President. “Within seconds the results showed Queens County with 33% White, 19% Black, 18%
Asian and 25% Hispanic”, said Baker. “Alameda County, California came next but did not make
the cutoff having only 13% Asians”.
“Next we asked PCensus to find all the counties where the percentage of both White and Black
races was at least 49%. The results were displayed as St. James Parish and Iberville Parish
in Louisiana. Replacing the Black race with Hispanic, the same question was posed and the
results ranked Grant County, New Mexico and Parmer County, Texas as having at least 49% White
In a similar manner, PCensus found Santa Clara and San Francisco Counties in California with
the highest percentage of White and Asians (greater than 30%). Also Bronx County in New York
ranked first for Blacks and Hispanics. PCensus generally found that counties with a high
percentage of Asians also had a high percentage of Whites.
Clearly such results are critical for marketing goods or delivering community services to a
geographical area. PCensus could just have easily found the highest-ranking census tract,
block group or Zip code that matched a user defined Profile.
PCensus demographics are licensed from Claritas and Applied Geographic Solutions. The
mapping features are powered by technology from MapInfo and ESRI. Visit Tetrad’s Internet
site at www.tetrad.com for more information and pricing, and to download a free evaluation
copy of PCensus and the first release of the 2000 Census.
For more information, contact Wilson Baker of
TETRAD Computer Applications Inc. at 1-800-663-
1334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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