Use this page to find the perfect tool for your U.S. Census research.
The official search tool of the U.S. Census, American FactFinder 2 search options include Community Facts, for popular or quick facts about a particular community, and Guided Search and Advanced Search, for in-depth research questions. Researchers can download data, tables and spatial data.
Coverage: 2000 Census, 2010 Census, American Community Survey and more. For further details, see What We Provide.
Recommended for: In-depth research projects, graduate students, faculty.American FactFinder
"Social Explorer provides easy-to-use tools for visual exploration of demographic information, from census and economic data to election and religion data, and more. With these interactive online tools, users can visually explore change over time and understand the patterns behind the raw numbers." Create maps and reports, and download data.
Coverage: U.S. Census, 1790-2010; American Community Survey, 2005-2011; InfoGroup Data on Religious Congregations, 2009-2010; The Religious Congregations and Membership Study, 1980-2010; Carbon Emissions Data, 2002.
Recommended for: GIS projects, visual presentations, undergraduate researchers.Social Explorer
Social Explorer recommends that researchers set up a personal login account.
Compare data through StatisticalDatasets' user friendly interface. Create tables, charts and maps, and examine trends. Browse or search to find variables. Researchers can download data and images, as well as export citation information to RefWorks.
Coverage: 2000 Census, 2010 Census, American Community Survey, and more. For complete information see Available Datasets and Sources.
Recommended for: Visualization of data, quick comparison of variables, undergraduate researchers.Data-Planet (Sage)
ICPSR is a database of political and social data sets, including the decennial census. Other topics covered range from elections to education to prisons. Data can be downloaded to Excel, SPSS, or other software tools for manipulation and analysis Researchers can search by data set or variable. A collection of data-related literature tied to the data is also provided.
Recommended for: In-depth research projects, advanced undergraduate researchers, graduate students, faculty.ICPSR (Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan)
Historical Census data arranged by major topic area. Database based on former print resources. Create tables and charts, and download data in Excel or .CSV format.Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970
Designed for genealogical research, this tool allows researchers to search for individuals rather than data. Researchers can even view a scan of the original census roll. Research historical figures or your own ancestors.
Coverage: U.S. Federal Census Collection (1790-1940), plus many other collections. See the Ancestry Card Catalog for more information.
Recommend for: Genealogists, historians, undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty.AncestryLibrary (ProQuest)