CityData: National Statistics at Your Fingertips
WHAT IS CITYDATA?
CityData is a website that provides statistics and data on hundreds of cities across the United States. Data includes statistics such as maps, geographical data, crime data, religions, cost of living, restaurant inspection results, mortgage data, water systems, unemployment data, media station data, and much more.
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WHO REVIEWED CITYDATA?
My AP Statistics class used the CityData web site to do random sample studies of cities. The data was used to test for significance between regions of the country and to find confidence intervals of towns and cities of certain types across the nation.
The students enjoyed the activity but some felt that the web site was hard to use. Others were distracted by the advertisements on the website, and found it hard to find the information. Students also questioned where the website found the data, but sources were difficult to find and not well cited. It is not clear where they got the data, and students were concerned. For AP Statistics it is important to consider things like proper sources, and the web site does not easily answer that question.
In an effort to assist my 11th grade students in preparing for our upcoming state test, I utilized City Data to provide my students with relevant and rigorous materials to analyze and interpret. They learned how to read charts and graphs and analyze statistics related to issues in our city.
Students were fascinated to learn about the state of their city related to health, environmental, family, economic, and social issues. Their eyes were opened to major disparities within our city.
Great for all subject areas! A major benefit! Can be used for interdisciplinary studies and projects.
TIPS FOR CLASSROOM IMPLEMENTATION:
- Data can be sorted by zip code. This provides a highly relevant source of information for project-based learning.
- Students left to their own devices may be overwhelmed by the amoutn of data provided by the site. Scaffolded guidance is needed for students on how to interpret and analyze the data.
- The ads can be distracting, which may contribute to the general sense of disorganization in the site. Make sure to inform students of this beforehand.