Finding Census Data


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Using the Catalog to Find Census Data

All Census Materials

All US census materials available from Randall Library

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For a specific census

  • Type UNITED STATES CENSUS and the number of the census into the catalog widget above.
  • Example: The search UNITED STATES CENSUS 22nd retrieves records for the 2000 census (the 22nd census of the United States).


To find the reports for a specific state

  • Type [state] CENSUS [year] into the catalog widget above.
  • Example: The search NORTH CAROLINA CENSUS 2000 retrieves records for the 2000 NC census report.


To find reports on specific cities, either


Starting Points

Explore Census Data

Searchable database of digital content from the U.S. Census Bureau. Provides information related to the population, economy, and other subjects surveyed by the Census.

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The American FactFinder is the official interface for distributing the 1990 and 2000 Census of Population and Housing, the 1997 Economic Census, and the American Community Surveys. The site is updated with new data as it becomes available to the public. FactFinder provides many options for finding, viewing, printing, and downloading various data sets. FactFinder also allows the creation of reference and thematic and maps. User-selected tables of data are downloadable in ASCII (text) or CSV (comma separated value) formats. To find City Data, 1. Select Census Data you wish to retrieve 2. Limit to state (North Carolina) 3. Type in name of city (e.g., Wilmington) 4. Select town or city 5. Click "OK" 6. Select data file you wish to retrieve


Census of Agriculture (USDA)

Census of U.S. farms and ranches; surveys operations producing $1,000 or more of products raised and sold during the Census year, which is every five years; looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, and income and expenditures.

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Census of Governments

The Census of Governments identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local government sector; provides authoritative benchmark figures of public finance and public employment.

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Economic Census

The Economic Census provides detailed information on employer businesses, including detailed data by industry, geography, and more.  The first data release will be in September 2019.

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Bureau of the Census

Homepage for the United States Census Bureau. Provides information on population research, programs and surveys, and census careers.

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Click on "Subjects A to Z" for text reports, data tables, and some pdf images of printed reports; including some information that may not be published elsewhere. Click on "Publications" for pdf reports.
State & County QuickFacts - U.S. Census Bureau

Fast, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography

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Use this retrieval tool to obtain, either by state, county or congressional district, general profiles (including those from the publication USA Counties), County Business Patterns Economic Profiles, or to retrieve data from the 1990 decennial census data tables using the Bureau's Data Lookup tool.

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