Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Introduction to tidycensus

Instructor: Kyle Walker

Introduction to the package for accessing and making estimates with Census/ACS data tidycensus by package author Kyle Walker.

Anyone with an interest in Census data is welcome; a familiarity with R is helpful but not required.


Participants who want to run examples on their own computers should install R and RStudio along with the tidyverse and tidycensus packages. Ideally they will also register for a Census API key following the instructions at

Kyle’s book, available at, is helpful reading beforehand.