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Web site compiles, crunches government stats

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Government agencies pump out massive streams of data on housing, population, economics and demographics, though that statistical trove is compartmentalized and can be unintelligible for the public at large. is tapping into this virtual mountain of public information while simplifying and amplifying local statistics for communities across the nation. "We as taxpayers spend billions of dollars per year for all of this analysis done and information collected by the federal government. People want to know all of this statistical data but it is very cryptically presented. Because of budgetary rules, information tends to be highly segmented," said Chris Van Vleit, a technologist and founder of the Web site. The goal for the site is to make the information more "presentable, digestible and more thoroughly interwoven than even the federal government is able to do," Van Vleit said. As you might guess, this is no small task. The Web site provides city-level and ZIP code-level...