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Census of the United States

U.S. Census Bureau

This takes you to the Census Bureau's homepage.


Mostly Contemporary Data

American FactFinder

Gateway to 2010 Decennial Census and other recent data.

State and County FastFacts

Frequently-requested state and county data.

American Community Survey

New survey program, covering data previously available only in decennial counts.

Recent publications:  Statistical Abstract of the U.S. * County and City Data Book

Mostly Historical Data

Census Reprints

This link takes you to Annie's listing of the University Library's collection of reprinted volumes of the first ten decennial censuses (1790-1880).

Decennial Censuses

Printed and online volumes from the complete head-count conducted every ten years.

Ancestry Library Edition

This commercial product contains a searchable database of personal names in the decennial census from 1790 to 1930 and includes images of the original census forms.   An example.

Census Atlas of the United States

"First comprehensive atlas of population and housing produced by the Census Bureau since the 1920s... about 300 pages long and containing almost 800 maps.  Data from decennial censuses prior to 2000 support nearly 150 maps and figures."

Census Question Spreadsheet

University of Michigan product provides the exact wording of Census questions since 1790, arranged by year, with a comparison to the question asked in 2000.

Current Population Reports and Other Population Reports Index

Ohio State University Libraries provide this valuable guide (with links) to various Census population reports over the years.

Data Tools

Local Employment Dynamics

Online tools for "workforce statistics at the state, county, metro, and workforce investment area levels."


Integrated Public Use Microdata Series project (University of Minnesota), "dedicated to collecting and distributing United States census data."


Federated Electronic Research and Review Extraction Tool (FERRET) is a data-mining tool allows you to access existing data sets on these topics (not limited to Census data).

Current Population Survey (CPS) Table Creator

Create your own customized table, using dozens of variables from CPS data.