The following links provide direct access to the United States Census of Population and other popular data collection programs of the U.S. Census Bureau. The other tabs on the Guide provide detailed help on searching for Census data by geographic areas.
Background on the U.S. Census
- What We Do--About the U.S. Census describes the what, why, when, and how of the various censuses that they conduct.
- Frequently Asked Questions
Major Access Points for the U.S. Census
- American Factfinder interface that allows one to build a specific search of the Census of Population and Housing, American Community Survey, and Economic Census.
- 2010 Census quick access and description of the latest Census of Population and Housing.
- State & County QuickFacts is also a good starting point for state, county, and city-level (for cities with populations over 25,000 people) information.
- Census of Population and Housing includes historical data back to 1790.
- Statistical Abstract of the United States--current and historical years of Statistical Abstract of the United States are available online; see the Library Catalog record for print years of Statistical Abstract with the most recent in the Oviatt Library Reference Room (ref HA 202). Note: Due to Federal budget cuts, the 2012 Statistical Abstract is the last edition to be published by the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Subjects A-Z This is usually the best starting point if you think the social, demographic, or economic information you want should be at the U.S. Census Bureau site, but you don't know where.
- CenStats Databases
Publications is a massive online full-text collection of printed Census Bureau publications including:
- Census Briefs on population and business topics.
- Search the Census website when all else fails.