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Census: Statistics

Guide to using the United States census products to find historical, genealogical, geographical, and statistical information.

About U.S. Census Bureau Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of the Census publishes thousands of volumes of statistics on population, housing, business, and agriculture. These may be available at UNT in paper and/or on CD-ROM. Much recent census data (starting with the 2000 census) is only available online.

If you would like to look at any Census publication, ask at the Service Desk on the Third Floor of Willis Library. Please be as specific as possible in describing the type of information you need.

Keep in mind that because privacy is a very important concern of the Census Bureau, you won't find information on specific persons or companies (except in the older census publications mentioned below).

Numerous interactive Data Sets are available through the U.S. Census Bureau’s American FactFinder. You can generate your own custom tables on many different topics for many types of geographic areas,  including the United States, counties, cities and towns, congressional districts, American Indian reservations, and census tracts and blocks.

Places can be identified with the U.S. Gazetteer; maps are available through the TIGER Products page.

State Data Centers make data produced by the Census Bureau available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments.

The Historical Census Browser from the University of Virginia has census data on the population and economy of each state and county in the U.S. from 1890 to 1960 and is browsable by individual census years. Use it to examine state and county topics for individual or multiple census years, and to generate maps of selected data. All variables for each census are included.

Census 2010

The last comprehensive U.S. census took place in 2010. Here are some sources of and guides to using data from the 2010 census.

Other Major Sources of Census Data

Data on People and Households

The Census publishes summary reports on various aspects of U.S. People and Households, including reports on age and density, periodic estimates of the population between official censuses, profiles of certain segments of the population, projections of expected developments, and reports on specific topics.

The Current Population Reports series includes the following reports:

Data on Business and Industry

The U.S. Census Bureau has numerous programs that collect statistics related to business, industry, and the economy.

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