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Census

Census CDs in Scholars' Lab

The Census CD+Maps series, produced by GeoLytics Inc., provides easy access to US census data from the past several decades. Data cover the entire nation and can be viewed in tabular form, downloaded in many formats, or mapped in GIS-compatible files. Information from the CensusCDs are not online, and the CDs must be used in the GeoStat Lab. However, you can download information and store the files electronically for later use. Please note: To use these CDs, please visit the Geostat Lab weekdays between 9 and 5, when staff will be available.

CensusCD 1980

Data from the 1980 Census down to the tract level. Data include items from both short and long forms (SF1 and SF3). Please note: We do not have a user guide written specifically for the 1980 CD, but those for the 1990 and 2000 data sets will cover the basic features available.

CensusCD + Maps (User Guide)

Primarily a source for 1990 Census data, this CD also contains popluation estimates and projections, consumer spending information, and historical county statistics from 1790 to 1996. Data encompass a broad array of population and housing characteristics including age, sex, race, household relationship, education, income, ancestry, employment, disability status, and others items. Lowest level of geography displayed is the 1990 Census block group.

CensusCD 2000 series (User Guide)

    • Redistricting - Data from the 2000 Census PL94-171 file used for redistricting. Geography restricted to the block level, but you can choose blocks for states, counties, tracts, etc. Population characteristics are limited to counts by race (63 categories) and voting age status. Also contains 1990 redistricting data for comparison.

    • Census 2000 Short Form (SF1) - Data from the 2000 Census short form (Summary File 1), including age, sex, race, relationship to householder, and basic housing information (number of units, occupancy & vacancy, tenure). Geography for all levels down to (but not including) the block.

    • Census 2000 Short Form (SF1) Blocks - (User Guide)This set offers exactly the same data as the Census 2000 SF1, but for census blocks only. Please note: This is a 4 CD set, one for each Census region. Make sure you have the correct disk for the area in which you are interested.

  • Census 2000 Long Form (SF3) - Data from the 2000 Census long form (SF3), containing socio-economic information and much more detail than SF1. Data encompass a broad array of population and housing characteristics including income, housing, employment, language, ancestry, education, poverty, rent, mortgage, commute to work, etc. Over 16,000 variables are available at the zip code and tract level and 5,500 at the block group level. Please note: This is a 4 CD set, one for each Census region. Make sure you have the correct disk for the area in which you are interested.

CensusCD Neighborhood Change Database (NCDB) (User Guide) Appendix A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J

The NCDB contains census tract data from 1970, 1980, 1990, and 2000. Both original data and data normalized to 2000 tract boundaries can be accessed. Variables are limited to topics collected in all four decades, but still constitute a broad array of population and housing characteristics including age, sex, race, household relationship, education, income, ancestry, employment, disability status, and others items.