Data Access

NEOCANDO, Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, is a suite of innovative data tools that stem from 30 years of research, compiling, and linking administrative data to help devise and evaluate social policy.

We believe data is most impactful when it's in the hands of the local community. Because of this mission, we bring indicators from our integrated data systems to the public-facing NEOCANDO suite of tools. Here, academic researchers, community and economic development professionals, public officials, neighborhood activists, business leaders, and concerned citizens of all types can easily use these tools to explore aspects of the area such as population trends, poverty, employment, educational attainment, housing, and crime.



Using NEOCANDO – General Information and Precautions

Most of the data in NEOCANDO are updated annually. The Census data are the exception. The Census of the Population occurs every ten years. Many of the data are available from 1990 to the most current year. However, this will vary by data source. Only census, vital statistics and HMDA data are available for the 16 counties outside Cuyahoga County. The following information provides the user with some general information and caveats regarding the data in NEOCANDO. However, we encourage the user to read the data documentation for each of the data sources we provide to understand how we calculate the indicators, precautions and caveats about using the data, and how to appropriately cite the data from NEOCANDO.

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Reference Maps

The Center has created geographic reference maps showing the cities, townships and villages within each of the 17 counties included in NEOCANDO. Within Cuyahoga County we also have maps for each of the 36 statistical planning areas in the City of Cleveland. The maps also include the census tracts that are within or cross the neighborhoods, cities, townships or villages.

View reference maps and geographic information.

Geographic Levels

Data in NEOCANDO are available at several levels of aggregation, including census geographies and locally defined geographies. Descriptions of each of the different aggregations are provided in the document below.

Get geographic levels in NEOCANDO 2010+.

Using American Community Survey (ACS) Data

NEOCANDO 2010+ includes data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), which differs from decennial census data. One major difference is in the sampling error and associated margins of error associated with the ACS. For a summary of the issues in using these data and a description of the methods used to produce those data correlated with local geographic entities, see the document below.

View ACS estimates and margins of error in NEOCANDO 2010+.