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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 19, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 40
Know Thy Baltimore Neighborhood

Hopkins-led project puts census demographic profiles at your fingertips

So you would like to know more about where you live? Thanks to the efforts of eight local institutions, there are now demographic profiles for 239 Baltimore City neighborhood areas on the Internet. Led by The Johns Hopkins University's Sheridan Libraries, the partner institutions obtained a special tabulation of the 2000 Census data for Baltimore neighborhoods.

Profiles include more than 400 characteristics such as population, social and economic characteristics related to race, income, education and occupation for neighborhood areas from Abell to Yale Heights and everything in between.

"This initiative provides vital data to researchers, city planners and community organizations," said Winston Tabb, dean of university libraries at Johns Hopkins. "I am delighted that the collaborative efforts of the city government and area universities have placed Baltimore among the few cities in the nation to participate in this program."

Sandra Newman, director of the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins, said, "I am a devoted user of census data for Baltimore in my own research and in the Baltimore Policy Project — an annual public policy analysis assignment I include in my public policy analysis graduate course each fall. Since much of our work focuses on neighborhoods, having these data organized at the neighborhood level will be an enormous asset."

To access the information, go to

In addition to the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries, the other organizations on the project are the Baltimore City Department of Planning, the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development, the Baltimore Memory Study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education at UMBC, the Institute for Urban Research, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland Geography Division.


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