I'm having some challenges with downloading data.
I've had similar issues with data.census.gov depending on the web browser I use. I've never had an issue with Microsoft Edge if you can use that.
thanks for the tip greg, unfortunately didn't work for me. also gave firefox a try with the same results.
i reached out to someone at the census office early last week. she went through my search procedure and was getting the same null results. she didn't have too much advice to offer other than saying it could be a glitch that would be worked out, and i could try emailing email@example.com (which I've done twice, no response).
so i guess i'm pretty stumped right now...
I have the summary files in SQL databases if you want to work with it that way. there is always NHGIS.org as well.
I do not know where you are, but if you have access to Social Explorer, you can easily download all the the block groups in Illinois with the variables you suggest. If you are not at an institution that has a license you can sign-up for a one or two week free trial. The data are delivered in CSV format for SAS and SPSS and R, and in a format that works in STATA or in a GIS format. Check it out at www.socialexplorer.com. We have most extant aggregate Census Files, including ACS etc all the way back to 1790. If you have any questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks so much for the generosity and tip JamiRae, i may be in touch and will check out NHGIS.org!
Thanks so much Andrew, I am at a university in Chicago, and it looks like my institution has a license. looking forward to digging into the available data!
yes nhghis will definitely get you the block groups
Indeed, this and social explorer are terrific resources! Thank you to all you folks who helped me with this question!