The Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) will now operate the State Data Center for the state of Oklahoma. The U.S. Census Bureau’s State Data Center program was created in 1978 to provide a vehicle for the dissemination of Census Bureau information and data to state and local governments. The data centers are partnerships that the Bureau has with each of the states to ensure that data are available locally. As the State Data Center, ODOC will act as a liaison contact for the Census Bureau in the state.
Beyond getting the word out about major census data, Oklahoma’s State Data Center will develop data tools and products of special interest to entrepreneurs and business and community leaders.
“We want to ensure that Oklahoma is involved in the upcoming 2020 Census,” said Jon Chiappe, Director, Research and Economic Analysis, Oklahoma Department of Commerce. “Census data helps us to identify opportunities that fulfill our mission of prosperous lives and communities for all Oklahomans. Among a myriad of other uses, Census data are used by city planners, entrepreneurs developing business plans and grant writers. Our work is enhanced when these groups succeed and achieve their goals.”
Information distributed through the State Data Center provides social, demographic and economic profiles of the population. These data can be used by entrepreneurs, city planners, state government and within the private sector to make sound civil and business decisions. The information can be found at okcommerce.gov/data and will be occasionally featured in ODOC’s monthly newsletter, The New Pioneer. ODOC plans to expand the Research and Data portion of its website to feature pertinent information from the Census Bureau.
“The information from the U.S. Census Bureau paints a picture about the region including counts of age, gender, and ethnicity. It also shows educational attainment, household income, poverty, small business and economic information,” said Chiappe. “Our office will work with an active network of partners to disseminate information of use and interest to the public, policy makers, and community and business decision makers.”