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Explore Centuries of Rhode Island Census Data with a Click

PROVIDENCE, RI This week, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced the launch of the Count Me In! data story, a free online resource that lets users explore and compare centuries of data from state and federal censuses in Rhode Island.

"Our new data story is an incredible and user-friendly way to see how our communities have grown and changed over time," said Secretary Gorbea. "It's also a powerful reminder that the upcoming 2020 Census will shape the future of our state."

The Count Me In! data story was launched to supplement the Count Me In! exhibition running at the Rhode Island State Archives through March of 2020. The online tool provides customizable, real-time visualizations of census data from 1708 through 2010 for every Rhode Island city and town.

In addition to counting people and documenting population trends, past censuses also gathered information on industrial and agricultural production, mortality rates, and literacy.

Secretary Gorbea and the Rhode Island Complete Count Committee will host a gallery reception for the Count Me In! exhibition on Thursday, December 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rhode Island State Archives. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Rhode Island State Archives is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 337 Westminster Street in Providence. Two-hour validated parking is available during business hours at Down City Parking adjacent to the State Archives building at the corner of Westminster and Snow Streets.


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  • Release date: 12-04-2019

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