The U.S. Census Bureau today released Census PoP Quiz, a new interactive mobile application that challenges users' knowledge of demographic facts for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The new app, which draws from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, aims to raise statistical literacy about the U.S. population.
"Census PoP Quiz provides an introduction to the statistics that define our growing, changing nation and is just one example of how the Census Bureau is making our rich data more accessible than ever before," Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson said. "It's a great way for everyone to learn facts about all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the nation in a fun, relevant way."
With each state challenge completed, users will earn a badge to show their knowledge of various state demographic characteristics. After earning badges from every state, the app will unlock the final U.S. challenge. Throughout the quiz, players can share their badges on social media sites including and .
The app is free and available for both iPhone and
Android smartphones and tablets. Features include:
Challenges that test knowledge of topics such as population, housing and commuting.
Questions that span locations in all 50 states and the nation's capital.
Badges to share with contacts via social media connections.
Census PoP Quiz is the third in a series of Census Bureau mobile apps. The mobile initiative is one example of how the Census Bureau is working to make America's statistics available anywhere, anytime to everyone and on any device — consistent with the Department of Commerce's open data priorities and the federal government's Digital Government Strategy.
"Census PoP Quiz is the culmination of three great mobile apps from the Census Bureau," Thompson said. "Each one highlights our statistics in a different way, whether it is our economic indicators through America's Economy or American Community Survey statistics about your ideal community from dwellr. They showcase the variety of information that developers can use to create useful applications for the public."
Other Census Bureau Mobile Apps:
America's Economy — Provides real-time updates for 20 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics.
dwellr — Enables people to compare their preferences to find 25 "ideal" cities or towns, based on statistics from the American Community Survey, that best fit their lifestyle. Users can check their current locations and share their results on Facebook and Twitter.