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SOC270 - Dr. Katharine Johnson- Community Studies: U.S. Census

About the U.S. Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is the leading source of statistical information about the nation’s people, places, and economy, providing not only snapshots of the nation’s population size and growth, but also detailed portraits of the changing characteristics of our communities. 

 The U.S. Census is conducted every ten years, with the last Census occurring in 2010.  Between ten-year census counts, the American Community Survey collects up-to-date information on the population.  

 Data from the U.S. Census is complied by geographic areas from the largest (whole United States) to the smallest (census blocks.)

 

 

Find Census Data with American FactFinder

Use the American FactFinder website to easily search for Census Data.  This is the public gateway for finding demographic, housing, and economic information about specific communities, and is the best source for current Census information.

.FactFinder enables you to:

  • Create detailed maps
  • Perform complex queries
  • Download and an analyze data

FactFinder is a powerful tool, but it can be challenging to use.  Use the Help links on the top of the page, or ask a Reference Librarian for assistance..

Find information about your community by using Community Facts.

Enter a state, county, city, town, or zip code in the Community Facts text box, then click GO.

The Community Facts page displays, showing you the population of the geography that you entered. Click on the subjects listed on the left side of the page (Age, Business and Industry, Education, etc.) to see other interesting information about your geography.

Click the links under "Popular tables for this Geography" to see tables containing other data for your community.

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