Census

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New! This interactive application provides access to data from Census 2010, Census 2000, the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, the latest Population Estimates, and more. It includes population, housing, economic, and geographic data. This resource replaces the legacy version of American FactFinder.

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These publications from the U.S. Census Bureau provide reports and tables on racial data from the Current Population Survey Reports.

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A starting point for extensive online statistics on population, housing, income, economy, minorities, and more topics.

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The U.S. Census Bureau compiles economic indicators that include the following:

  • Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories
  • Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders
  • Construction Spending
  • New Home Sales
  • Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders
  • Housing Starts/Building Permits
  • Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales
  • Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services
  • U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services
  • Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade
  • Quarterly Services Survey
  • Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining and Trade
  • Housing Vacancies and Homeownership

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PDFs of a significant portion of the Census of Population and Housing (1790-2000) are available from this resource. Click on the year, then navigate to the appropriate section. If you find that there are pages missing for the section you need, please contact the Government Documents Librarian. We may have them in print, or we can request them from another library.

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"The Demography HomePage is part of an initiative to identify, document, and provide simple access to demographic information concerning The United States of America. This part describes CIESIN's data holdings and related information." - from website

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"The County and City Data Book is the most comprehensive source of information about the individual counties and cities in the United States. It includes data for all U.S. states, counties, and cities with a population of 25,000 or more. It contains additional data for places with a population of 100,000 or more. Also included is a complete set of state maps showing all counties, places of 25,000 or more population, and metropolitan areas.

Information in the County and City Data Book covers the following topical areas: age, agriculture, births, business establishments, climate, construction, crime, deaths, earnings, education, elections, employment, finance, government, health, households, housing, income, labor force, manufactures, population, poverty, race and Hispanic origin, social services, and water use.

Files contain a collection of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal statistical bureaus, governmental administrative and regulatory agencies, and private research bodies." from web site

Older editions are available online through the University of Virginia Library.

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"This resource provides access to the 1944 through 2000 County and City Data Books. This service provides the opportunity to create custom printouts and/or customized data subsets (subsets only available for 1988-2000)." from web site

Hosted by the University of Virginia Library.

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"County Business Patterns is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. The series is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses. Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets. Government agencies use the data for administration and planning."

"This series has been published annually since 1964 and at irregular intervals dating back to 1946. The comparability of data over time may be affected by definitional changes in establishments, activity status, and industrial classifications." from web site

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"The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50 years.

The CPS is the primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S. population. The sample is scientifically selected to represent the civilian noninstitutional population. Respondents are interviewed to obtain information about the employment status of each member of the household 15 years of age and older. However, published data focus on those ages 16 and over. The sample provides estimates for the nation as a whole and serves as part of model-based estimates for individual states and other geographic areas.

Estimates obtained from the CPS include employment, unemployment, earnings, hours of work, and other indicators. They are available by a variety of demographic characteristics including age, sex, race, marital status, and educational attainment. They are also available by occupation, industry, and class of worker. Supplemental questions to produce estimates on a variety of topics including school enrollment, income, previous work experience, health, employee benefits, and work schedules are also often added to the regular CPS questionnaire." from web site

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Census data from 1790 to 1960 has been made available by the University of Virginia, Geospatial and Statistical Data Center. Examine states and counties by year, browse topics across time, and generate data maps.

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Directory to official statistical offices for countries around the world.

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"The Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS) is part of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. NODIS is designated by the State of Ohio and the U.S. Bureau of the Census as the regional data center for northern Ohio. NODIS is a depository for U.S. Census information, which is made available to the university community, public administrators, civic organizations and the general public on a cost-recovery basis. NODIS is a leader in the use of information technology, particularly geographic information systems (GIS). NODIS provides data analysis, mapping and programming services, technical assistance, programming and training.

"NODIS is your online connection to demographic and economic data for Ohio, especially post-1990 data tables and area profiles. The majority of data, maps and reports are based on geographies in the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor MSA (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties). NODIS also makes available data for other areas in Ohio and the US as well. The information contained in this website originates from a number of sources, including the Bureau of the Census and the Ohio Department of Development." - from web site

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Population projections for the United States as well as for all of the states from the U.S. Census Bureau.

"Projections are estimates of the population for future dates. They illustrate plausible courses of future population change based on assumptions about future births, deaths, net international migration, and domestic migration. Projected numbers are typically based on an estimated population consistent with the most recent decennial census as enumerated, projected forward using a variant of the cohort-component method." from web site

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"SEDAC’s mission is to develop and operate applications that support the integration of socioeconomic and earth science data and to serve as an "information gateway" between the earth sciences and social sciences." from website

This resource includes a data resource directory for environmental and demographic topics.

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SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application that lets users quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using powerful demographic, business, and marketing data. SimplyMap turns complex data into valuable information that is easily accessed through an innovative and user-friendly interface.

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"Statistics Canada, a member of the Industry Portfolio, produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country—its population, resources, economy, society and culture.

In Canada, providing statistics is a federal responsibility. As Canada’s central statistical agency, Statistics Canada is legislated to serve this function for the whole of Canada and each of the provinces.

Objective statistical information is vital to an open and democratic society. It provides a solid foundation for informed decisions by elected representatives, businesses, unions and non-profit organizations, as well as individual Canadians.

In addition to conducting a Census every five years, there are about 350 active surveys on virtually all aspects of Canadian life.

We at Statistics Canada are committed to protecting the confidentiality of all information entrusted to us and to ensuring that the information we deliver is timely and relevant to Canadians." from web site

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TIGER stands for Topically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing system, and provides shapefiles for use with GIS software.

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