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Map of the Month - Pennsylvania by County: Median Age by Count y 2016

published 7/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

Also, be sure to view the Map of the Day and previous Maps of the Month

For more information, contact Sue Copella, director of the Pennsylvania State Data Center,, (717) 948-6427

Project Highlight of the Month: Pennsylvania Game Commission r3 Project

published 7/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

The goal of this R3 initiative is to learn more about the hunting public and begin to address the loss of hunters in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Game Commission believes science can be effectively employed to positively impact future hunting participation. This data analysis project is one facet of a much larger, comprehensive hunter recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) initiative. The Pennsylvania State Data Center developed a series of data dashboards to better understand hunters license purchasing and hunting behavior, and the Center for Survey Research has conducted numerous focus groups so the PGC can better tailor marketing schemes and agency efforts in attracting individuals to purchase a hunting license, attend hunter education courses, and utilize shooting range permits.

For more information, contact Mike Behney, director of the Institute of State and Regional Affairs,, (717) 948-6174

Interactive Dashboard Highlight of the Month: ACS Municipal Demographics and Socioeconomics

published 7/1/2017 12:00:00 AM
The Pennsylvania State Data Center (PaSDC) developed this dashboard to provide our clients with data on demographic and socioeconomic attributes at the municipal level. The dashboard displays data from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). This dashboard will automatically update when 2012-2016 ACS data becomes available.

For more information, contact Jennifer Shultz, lead designer, (717) 948-6690

Recent Survey Highlight: Penn State Poll now accepting Questions

published 7/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

The Penn State Poll is a cost-effective way to poll statewide in Pennsylvania because costs are shared among the sponsoring organizations. Each organization pays for only the survey question(s) that it submits. Standard demographic questions (age, sex, race, ethnicity, education, income, political affiliation, and geography), assistance with writing questions, a methodology report, and a cleaned, weighted dataset are included in the per question cost. The Center can also produce a variety of customized reports for an additional fee. Questions for the Penn State Poll start at $1,000.

The Center for Survey Research follows best practices for conducting telephone surveys, including the inclusion of cell phones, a rigorous callback strategy, and neutral telephone interviewing.

The survey will be fielded in September/October 2017, with basic deliverables (methodology report and dataset) to sponsors no later than November 13, 2017. The deadline to indicate interest in participating is Monday, July 24, 2017. After a sponsor has noted an interest in sponsoring questions, staff at the Center will then work closely with the researcher to provide assistance with writing questions and responses.

For more information or a cost estimate, visit or contact Stephanie L. Wehnau, director of the Center for Survey Research, at 717-948-6429 or