research tidbits.jpg Welcome to the second installation of the Research Tidbits series! In our reports for the DHS Waiver Review project, we include the most up-to-date population estimates available from the U.S. Census Bureau website. The American FactFinder's Population Finder tool allows you to view estimated population trends nationwide, by state or by county. This data can be downloaded in a variety of formats, including text files, comma or tab delimited files or Microsoft Excel worksheet formats. We use this data at the Improve Group at least monthly, so I download Minnesota-specific data in an Excel worksheet to my hard drive. Now, I don’t have to visit the Census Bureau website every time I report on a county’s population; I simply pull up my saved document. I include a link to the original source in the Excel worksheet so I know where to go to get updated information and can refer others to this source. Another great resource for information on counties, cities and townships is ePodunk. When viewing a county profile on this website, you can learn about everything from historical sites to current job openings in the community; from air pollution levels to the county’s economic profile. There is also information about communities on this website on the city and township level. To view current DHS reports by the Improve Group, click here.