FAQ: Overview of Data Acquisition Methods - Census geographic levels

This community-built FAQ covers the “Census geographic levels” exercise from the lesson “Overview of Data Acquisition Methods”.

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Is there a name for the syntax/language used in an API call? Where could I learn more about it so I can be fluent when making my own API calls from other websites?


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I’m not really clear on where to see the variables that can be used in the api call. anyone have any suggestions? like how would I know if I could query by county or by school district, etc…

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Here’s the list they were using in the lesson: Census Data API: /data/2020/acs/acs5/groups/B08303

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I see you provided the variable group for B08303. However, how are we to know that we can pull school districts and regions? Where is that metadata listed? Any help?

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I can’t help you, I had the same question…did you find a answer in the meantime?

This lesson needs more resource. There’s no provision of the list of commands you can give to an API call. For example this question:

Make an API call to request the same 3 variables for all counties within the state of New York.

Use the for parameter in conjunction with in to request specific geographic regions.

How do I input counties into the API call? There’s nothing that tells me this. For the entire API lesson I’ve had to click at the answer after having a go in order to learn anything (for instance, that you can do calls to 2 different datasets by seperating them with a comma)

Can this be fixed please?