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978-1-59888-921-5 • eBook • September 2017 • $122.50 • (£95.00)
Deirdre A. Gaquin has been a data use consultant to private organizations, government agencies, and universities for more than 30 years. Prior to that, she was Director of Data Access Services at Data Use & Access Laboratories, a pioneer in private sector distribution of federal statistical data. A former President of the Association of Public Data Users, Ms. Gaquin has served on numerous boards, panels, and task forces concerned with federal statistical data and has worked on five decennial censuses. She holds a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree from Hunter College. Ms. Gaquin is also an editor of Bernan Press's Almanac of American Education; the Congressional District Atlas; The Who, What, and Where of America: Understanding the American Community Survey; Places, Towns and Townships; and County and City Extra.
Mary Meghan Ryan is a senior research editor for Bernan Press. She is also the editor for Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics, Employment, Hours, and Earnings: States and Areas; and co-editor for County and City Extra and Places, Towns and Townships. In addition, she serves as the associate editor for Business Statistics of the United States: Patterns of Economic Change.
The State and Metropolitan Area Data Book (SMADB) is described in the preface as ‘a convenient summary of statistics on the social and economic structure of the states, metropolitan areas, and micropolitan areas in the United States. It is designed to serve as a statistical reference and guide to other data publications and sources.’… State and Metropolitan Area Data Book is a source of statistics and a guide to other data sources. Highly recommended to academic and larger public library collections.
— American Reference Books Annual
Three years ago the US Census Bureau stopped funding its Statistical Compendium program, which published the Statistical Abstract of the United States, the County and City Data Book, and the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book. Over the years, these volumes have provided a summary of statistics on the social and economic characteristics of the US as well as the sources for these statistics. The State and Metropolitan Area Data Book was an irregular publication that began in 1979. With its cessation in 2010, Bernan Press decided to publish the title. The data for this first Bernan Press edition were gathered from the 2010 Census and enhanced with the one-year and three-year estimates of the American Community Survey. Data on health insurance, commuting, union membership, and other topics are included. Bernan has added data on causes of death, the number of prisoners removed from death row, and more to this edition. The volume is divided into Parts A through D. Part A includes 1,362 data items for the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Part B has 159 data items for 366 metropolitan areas and 29 metropolitan divisions. Part C has data for 50 data items for 1,100 counties and county equivalents under their respective metropolitan area or metropolitan division. Part D includes 13 data items for 576 micropolitan areas and their 688 component counties. At the end of the book, appendixes A-D provide source notes and explanations about the statistics and census geographies. Bernan Press's experience publishing the County and City Extra and recently the Statistical Abstract of the United States provides continuity for those who have relied on these compendiums over the years. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above; general readers. (Previous Edition Praise)
— Choice Reviews
This eminently useful compilation of statistics focuses on the metropolitan areas, their counties, and the states. For librarians and researchers familiar with the past offerings of the Government Printing Office, State and Metropolitan Area Data Book will seem like an old friend. For a long time, it was a staple of census research, but it is not currently produced in print by the GPO. In this new incarnation, there is more than plain data from the decennial census and the American Community Survey (annual). Additional information includes vital statistics, election counts, migration and commuting patterns, travel and tourism, school financing, and more. The tabular layout is similar to all census print publications and the Statistical Abstract of the United States (annual). Following more than 300 pages of tables are appendixes that feature source notes, explain the methodology and limits of the data, and offer definitions of census geography with maps, along with a state-by-state directory of where data for individual states can be found. Although this is available both online and in print, for many, tables like this are best understood in print. The price is reasonable enough to give it a place in any collection that deals with census data. (Previous Edition Praise)
— Danise Hoover; Booklist