Government Publications: U.S. Census Data

Finding and locating federal and state government publications

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U.S. Census of Population & Housing Statistical Reports for Previous Years

The Government Documents collection has printed statistical reports available for the 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, and 2000 censuses. Some reports were issued in microfiche, CD-ROM, and DVD. The collection also includes many special subject reports issued for each census year. Click on the document link below for a list of selected reports with call numbers and locations.

For descriptions and an excellent discussion of the various census reports, see Using Government Information Sources, Electronic and Print, 3rd edition (2001), Chapter 28: "Population Statistics," pp. 245-260. Available at the Reference Desk at call number Z 1223.Z7S4 2001.

Historical Census Data (Statistical Reports)

Statistical reports from the U.S. Census from 1970 to 2005 also can be found in the American Statistics Index microfiche collection (call number HA214 .M5). Use the Proquest Statistical Insight database to locate these reports. Some reports and statistical tables are available as full text within the database.

The Census Bureau has been digitizing the historical census reports, and these are available on the first website listed below.

Historical Census Data (Population Schedules)

Historians, demographers, and family researchers all make use of the actual census schedules, where individuals are listed with various information about them such as age, relationship, marital status, birthplace, citizenship, and occupation. For a list of questions asked in each census year, consult the Census Bureau's Index of Questions or Measuring America. For the availability of original census records, see FactFinder for the Nation: Availability of Census Records About Individuals.

Digital images and some indexes are available for all states for the U.S. Census of Population schedules 1790 to 1930 through the TexShare database, HeritageQuest Online.

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American FactFinder

The legacy American FactFinder has been discontinued.

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