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Census Data: Introduction

Every 10 years, the United States government is required to count all of its citizens. This is a guide to the Decenniel Census. The government not only tries to count all of us, but also gather different types of data about all of us.

Introduction

    Every 10 years, the United States government is required to count all of its citizens. This is called the Decennial Census. The government not only tries to count us, but gather other information about us too.

    The Census Bureau put some of this collected data in one convenient place! You can use American FactFinder 2 to download data from the 2000 and 2010 censuses. For earlier censuses, there are several online sources from which to choose such as Social Explorer.

     Interested in helping improve the American Community Survey? The Committee on National Statistics is hosting a 2 day workshop about ACS. The workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. on September 26-27, 2018 at the Keck Center. See their page for more information.

New Census Data site in beta

This is a preview of the Census Bureau's new data exploration platform to be used to evaluate the look, feel, and functionality of our development. See Release Notes and FAQs for details. For official use, please continue to use our data resources at census.gov/data.html.

Quick Links to Census Data

Tutorials for data available from the Census Bureau

Tutorials for finding data

Related Subjects

Just about every subject can use Census data. The following are the subjects that are directly related to Census data collection.