Online Tools

At the APL, we have designed web applications that make complex and at times hard-to-find data publicly available in a user-friendly format.

Wisconsin Food Security Project

The recently expanded Wisconsin Food Security Project provides a cutting-edge interactive website for exploring and documenting food security and food security infrastructure throughout the state.


APL's flagship website, GetFacts, is an interactive data visualization and download tool for Wisconsin demographics.

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Net-Migration Patterns for US Counties

The Net Migration website highlights trends and patterns in where Americans are moving by providing reliable estimates of net migration broken down by age, race, Hispanic-origin, and sex for all U.S. counties each decade from 1950 to 2010.

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Madison Neighborhood Indicators Project

The Madison Neighborhood Indicators project seeks to quantify the diverse and changing social conditions in Madison neighborhoods.

Local Demographic Profiles

Profiles that have been made by the APL are made publicly available here. To download a profile, simply select the geographical location and a PDF view will open in your browser.

Latino Population Briefs for Wisconsin Counties

Latino population briefs icon These four-page Latino population briefs depict basic demographic characteristics and changes in the each county's Latino population. They include details about population change since 1970 and, for more recent decades, information about changes in age structure and household composition.

Source Information

The above reports were produced by the Applied Population Laboratory with assistance from APL interns, Da Huo and Claire Gecewicz, who assembled and formatted the data. Support for the project was provided by APL and the University of Wisconsin Extension.

Other Sources of Data about Latinos:

  • The US Census Bureau offers a wealth of Census and American Community Survey (ACS) data about the Latino population through its web portal,
  • APL's web mapping and data extraction tool, GetFacts, allows users to access population data and maps by race and ethnicity for a wide range of Wisconsin geographic scales.
  • Net Migration data for all US Counties, including breakouts for the Latino population, can be found here:
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction also offers some insight on Latino students in Wisconsin schools through their data portal:

Reports and Publications about Latinos in Wisconsin:

Wisconsin Counties' Historical Housing Density

Historical housing iconCensus data allow us to look back over 70 years of changes in housing density within Wisconsin counties.

Source Information

UW GIS Certificate Program Graduate Greg Grube produced these reports in conjunction with APL. Users will note a shift in geographic scale between 1980 partial block groups estimates and subsequent 1990 block level estimates. The sources of these estimates and the map production methods are described briefly here: WI Housing Density Report

1940 - 1980 Housing Density:
US Census Partial Block Group Data Hammer, R.B.S.I. Stewart, R. Winkler, V.C. Radeloff,and P.R. Voss. 2004. Characterizing spatial and temporal residential density patterns across the U.S. Midwest, 1940-1990. Landscape and Urban Planning 69: 183-199.

1990 - 2010 Housing Density:
US Census Bureau, Census block housing unit counts.

Wisconsin Poverty & Food Insecurity Profiles

Poverty and food insecurity profiles icon UW-Madison / UW-Extension integrated faculty Katherine Curtis and Judi Bartfeld produced this series of reports on poverty and food security. The reports summarize recent trends in poverty and food security for each county with comparisons to the state, and include a discussion of implications for policy and programs.

Cooperative Extension educators can download a customizable powerpoint presentation to accompany these profiles. The presentation is available on Extension's internal website.

Census 2010 PDF Profiles

Census profiles iconAPL has republished the Census Bureau's print ready demographic profiles, making them easier for users to find and access: 2010.