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US Fish and Wildlife Service Socioeconomic Indicators

About the USFWS Socioeconomic Profiles Tool

What is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Socioeconomic Profile tool?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Socioeconomic Profile tool is a free, web-based tool created by Headwaters Economics to help government agency land managers, economists, planners, outreach specialists, researchers, citizen/private sectors, and others explore socioeconomic conditions near Service units, including:

  • National Wildlife Refuges (NWR)
  • Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA)
  • National Fish Hatcheries (NFH)
  • Coordination Areas (COORD)
  • Administrative Sites (AS)
  • Wildlife Management Areas (WMA)
  • Fisheries Research Stations (FR)
  • National Monuments (NM)
  • Conservation Areas (CA)
  • Fish Technology Centers (FTC)

Users can explore county-level data on economics, demographics, land use, economic sectors, and other topics. Reports can be created to compare or aggregate different areas.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Socioeconomic Profile tool reports are adapted from two previously-developed tools: the Economic Profile System (EPS) and Populations at Risk (PAR).

Like EPS and PAR, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Socioeconomic Profile tool uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce, and other credible public sources.

What is the purpose of the tool?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Socioeconomic Profile tool makes socioeconomic data accessible and useful for Service planning processes, NEPA baselines, stakeholder engagement, communication and outreach, and education. The reporting tool is free and delivers county-level socioeconomic indicators that are accurate, relevant, and reliable, and that establish appropriate context for monitoring Service contributions and impacts on surrounding communities.

Agency staff and others can use the tool to run consistent reports over time, and track changes on individual or multiple Service units.

What is the geographic scope?

Reports are available for most Service land units in the contiguous United States, Hawaii and Alaska. The reports contain county-level data. When users generate a report for a Service unit, the output report contains data for each individual county associated with the unit as well as aggregate data for the group of counties. The list of counties associated with each Service unit is based on geographic overlap and can be modified based on users’ specific needs.

A primary advantage of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Socioeconomic Profile tool is standardized analysis using continuously updated data. With the tool’s user interface, agency staff and other users can quickly reference their Service area(s) of interest and run reports that are spatially relevant, without having to identify administrative boundaries or socioeconomic geographies. The default county list is also easy to modify, allowing users to add or remove counties as needed.

How much does it cost to use the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Socioeconomic Profile tool?

The reporting tool is free to use. With the help of our partners (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, the Kresge Foundation, and the Kendeda Fund) Headwaters Economics’ tool improves agency and public access to high-quality socioeconomic data.

How often is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Socioeconomic Profile tool updated?

Headwaters Economics processes newly released datasets continuously. The latest available data are reflected in the Socioeconomic Profile reports within a maximum of 90 days after publication by each individual data source. There are multiple data sources in the Socioeconomic Profile reports, each with a different update schedule. This page shows the update frequency and timing per data source.

How should I cite data from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Socioeconomic Profile tool reports?

Headwaters Economics recommends that you cite data from reports using the citations provided at the bottom of each Data and Graphics page followed by a reference to the tool and when the report was retrieved. For example: U.S. Department of Commerce. 2018. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office, Washington, D.C., as reported in Headwaters Economics’ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Socioeconomic Profile. Retrieved December 12, 2018 from https://headwaterseconomics.org/tools/usfws-profiles/.