Using census data

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4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Is anyone using airtable to crunch census data? I’m curious if it’s a good fit and if anyone has jumped in.

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My experience tells me it’s not a good idea. I guess it depends on what granularity you need for the census data. You’ll blow up the record limitation in the Pro plan if you go more granular than the county level (I have no idea about enterprise).

Secondly, as much as I like Airtable, it’s slow. For any kind of real computation, I would want to use something else. If you can separate out the processing of the data from the things you would like to use Airtable for, then push processed product to your base, I could see that working.

I use R for census data work, but I’m sure Python has similar libraries to speed the process.

Thank you for replying. I think that’s enough to keep me off of it for the Census work we are planning.