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American FactFinder 2

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
American FactFinder is a web site used to distribute data collected by the United States Census Bureau.
It provides data for the lowest level of geography, to largest geographic entities, from zip code areas, to Census tracts.

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Social Explorer

"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
Explore thousands of historical data maps. Our maps are interactive and go from the first U.S. Census in 1790 to the present.

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Social Explorer recommends that researchers set up a personal login account.

Data-Planet StatisticalDatasets

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.

Search and browse for datasets on topics ranging from banking to criminal justice to economic indicators to health to labor to natural resources and transportation gleaned from government agencies, private exchanges and international organizations. Statistical Datasets supports customized graphing, mapping and even some common statistical functions.

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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.

Coverage: Decennial Census, 1790-2000. Browse by series. View all studies.

Recommended for: In-depth research projects, advanced undergraduate researchers, graduate students, faculty.

  Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) offers several time series and other types of aggregate data that consist mainly of raw data derived from surveys, censuses and administrative records. The data holdings contain studies and files that cover a wide range of social science areas such as population, economics, education, health, social and political behavior, social and political attitudes, history, crime, aging, and substance abuse. Click here for searching tips.

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Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970

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
A compendium of statistics from over 1000 sources last updated in  1975 and has been expanded to include over 37,000 data series. Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field. The fully searchable and downloadable edition will permit users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting their own areas of interest.

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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.

  Ancestry Library Edition (ProQuest)
A vast collection of genealogical data which traces the history of millions of individuals going in some cases as far back as 1300.  The collection consists of census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

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Other Data Tools

  County and City Data Book

  Statistical Abstract of the United States

  Demographics USA

  Statistical Insight (ProQuest)

  Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

  Polling the Nations

  ESRI bibliography of gis, sciecne & technology


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