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Census Information

Census Information

  • Alderman Library owns Census reports back to 1790. Most of the census reports are shelved in the 3rd floor New Stacks under C 3.YEAR (C 3.810:, C 3.820, etc.). Consult with a staff member for assistance, or use our webform.

    The Scholars Lab can assist with manipulating more recent census data using tools like the Geolytics CDs and DataFerret.

  • American Factfinder
    This site is the Census Bureau's premier online data delivery tool, providing the ability to view or download data from the 1990 and 2000 Censuses, annual population estimates, the Economic Census, and more. American Factfinder can produce both tables and maps. Geostat can provide assistance with using this very rich but complicated site, and when appropriate, offer some easier-to-use alternatives in the Scholars' Lab.

  • Historical Census Materials from the Census
    Includes PDFs of ALL the older census volumes.

             See also UVA's
    Historical Census Browser, which allows you to examine state and county topics for individual census years.

  • Many libraries have created excellent guides to census materials. Two of the best are listed below.

           University of Michigan's Historical Census Guide 
           Excellent overview of various historical census materials.

           NC State University Census Guide

  • Guide to Geolytics Census CDs - CDs are located in the 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 Scholars' Lab. However, you can download information and store the files electronically for later use.

    The CensusCD Neighborhood Change Database (NCDB) is especially useful to tract demographic change in a small geographic area.