Data Where You Dwell

You can’t beat an app from the Census Bureau when it comes to accurate demographics about your local area—or the rest of the country, for that matter.

September 17, 2014

The U.S. Census Bureau created the slick Dwellr app to help people find their ideal place to live, based on a variety of data. While the likelihood of someone relocating based purely on Census data is low, real estate pros will find this free app handy for other reasons. Instantly pull up demographic facts about your town—from median housing prices to most popular commuting methods—based on the latest American Community Survey. You can e-mail the data, post it to Facebook or Twitter, or just hand your phone to your clients. Using the “Let a friend try” function, you can allow clients to see how an area of the country might meet their demographic needs or not. If you need more data than the app provides, click the “Explore More” button to be connected with the Census page on the community you’re researching. Since the Census has opened up its programming interface to developers, Dwellr should be the first stop for those looking to develop an app using local data. Free. U.S. Census, Washington, D.C. []

Meg White

Meg White is the former managing editor of REALTOR® Magazine.