Monthly Archives: October 2013

Census API Down Due to Breakdown of Federal Government

Posted by Ezra Glenn on October 02, 2013
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Due to the shutdown of the federal government, it appears that many federal websites are down as well, including the Census API (see As a result, the acs.R package is currently unable to download data – sorry! If you to use acs.fetch or anything related that requires the API, you will probably get the following error:

> acs.fetch(geo=geo.make(state=25), table.number="B01003")
Error in file(file, "rt") : cannot open the connection

I assume that once this all gets sorted out, the site will come right back as before.