The United States Census Bureau collects a vast amount of information on the residents and businesses of the United States. Finding the exact information you need can often be a daunting endeavor simply due to how much information is available. Here we try to make this task a little easier.
This guide is divided in three main sections:
Although, the Census Bureau web site, and in particular, American FactFinder, is the definitive source for census data, there are other web sites and products that provide census and related data in a sometimes easier to use format. These include:
- StatsAmerica - Current data from the Census, BLS, BEA and other agencies
- Social Explorer - Census and other data back to 1790. See our SocialExplorer tutorial.
- Data-Planet Statistical Datasets - Census, social, economic and international data with basic charting and mapping capability. See our Data-Planet tutorial.
- TRF PolicyMap - Census and other social and economic data with mapping capability
- SimplyMap - Census and marketing data with mapping capability
- Proquest Statistical Insight - Searchable database of governmental statistical reports
- US2010 - The US2010 project provides independent and peer-reviewed research examining changes in American society in the recent past.
- Geolytics CDs - Census data on CD
Please note that data for school districts are available from the National Center for Education Statistics' School District Demographics System.