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Government Information *: Census Information

This site lists links to databases and scholarly web sites that support access to and analysis of government information.

Census Information

  • Bureau of the Census -- official site to the Bureau with numerous links to contemporary, recent and projected census and demographic data.
  • Census Atlas of the United States -- provides the complete content, in PDF format, of the Atlas, a large-format publication about 300 pages long and containing almost 800 maps. Data from decennial censuses prior to 2000 support nearly 150 maps and figures, providing context and an historical perspective for many of the topics presented.
  • Census of Population and Housing -- data presented here ranges from our most recent census to the historical decennial census conducted throughout the decades. Some of the data were scanned as an effort to make historical census information available to the public.
  • Historical Census Browser -- a site produced by University of Virginia, Geospatial and Statistical Data Center, that draws data and terminology directly from historical volumes of the U.S. Census of Population and Housing.
  • Historical Census Publications -- created by the University of Michigan Library, this site provides, among other things, access to the Census Question Data Base which offers the exact wording of Census questions since 1790, arranged by year. The site also include useful links to other sources of historical census data.
  • National Historical Geographic Information System -- provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2000. NHGIS includes state and county statistical data from 1790-2000; census tract statistical data from 1910-2000; historic state and county boundary files (1790-2000) and census tract boundary files (1910-2000); all summary data (at all summary levels, including census blocks) from 1970-2000; and, County Business Patterns data from 1970-2000.
  • United States Census Demographic Maps -- made available by Social Explorer, the site provides a free collection of historical census data maps and reports on the United States from 1940 to 2000.

Levels of Geography of the Census