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U.S. Census Guide: Home

Overview of current and historic census data resources in print and online format available via Milner Library at Illinois State University.

About the Census Bureau

The Census Bureau conducts nearly 100 surveys and censuses each year. Data from current surveys and censuses are available online in American FactFinder. Learn more about the Census history.

American Factfinder

American FactFinder (AFF)

Data access tool that provides simplified look and interface to find current Census Data. 

Tutorial for AFF from the Census Bureau

Brief tutorial on navigating the American FactFinder

Census Interactive Map

This interactive population map allows users to explore data from the 2010 Census, including comparing your community to other cities and counties across the country.

Sources for Historical Census Data

Statistical Abstract of the United States  

Compendium of a broad range of statistics on the U.S., as well as some international data

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS USA)  

Series of representative samples drawn from the U.S. censuses of 1850 to 2000 and the Puerto Rican censuses of 1910 to 2000. Includes American Community Survey (ACS) data from 2000 to 2006. BEST source for accessing the American Community Survey microdata!

Subject Guide

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