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Our population statistics cover age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, migration, ancestry, language use, veterans, as well as population estimates and projections.
This section provides information on a range of educational topics, from educational attainment and school enrollment to school districts, costs and financing.
We measure the state of the nations workforce, including employment and unemployment levels, weeks and hours worked, occupations, and commuting.
Our statistics highlight trends in household and family composition, describe characteristics of the residents of housing units, and show how they are related.
Health statistics on insurance coverage, disability, fertility and other health issues are increasingly important in measuring the nation's overall well-being.
We measure the housing and construction industry, track homeownership rates, and produce statistics on the physical and financial characteristics of our homes.
The U.S. Census Bureau is the official source for U.S. export and import statistics and regulations governing the reporting of exports from the U.S.
The U.S. Census Bureau provides data for the Federal, state and local governments as well as voting, redistricting, apportionment and congressional affairs.
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Geography provides the framework for Census Bureau survey design, sample selection, data collection, tabulation, and dissemination.
Geography is central to the work of the Bureau, providing the framework for survey design, sample selection, data collection, tabulation, and dissemination.
Find resources on how to use geographic data and products with statistical data, educational blog postings, and presentations.
The Geographic Support System Initiative will integrate improved address coverage, spatial feature updates, and enhanced quality assessment and measurement.
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Metropolitan and micropolitan areas are geographic entities used by Federal statistical agencies in collecting, tabulating, and publishing Federal statistics.
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Definitions of geographic terms, why geographic areas are defined, and how the Census Bureau defines geographic areas.
We conduct research on geographic topics such as how to define geographic areas and how geography changes over time.
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Explore Census data with interactive visualizations covering a broad range of topics.
Learn how we serve the public as the most reliable source of data about the nation's people and economy.
How we provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality, and cost for the data we collect.
Our researchers explore innovative ways to conduct surveys, increase respondent participation, reduce costs, and improve accuracy.
Our surveys provide periodic and comprehensive statistics about the nation, critical for government programs, policies, and decisionmaking.
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The Census Bureau's Director writes on how we measure America's people, places and economy.
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Make new discoveries about your neighborhood and how its changed with the U.S. Census Bureau’s new interactive map, Census Explorer. See where stores and online retail are located in Census Explorer: Retail Edition. And see how the U.S. gets to work in Census Explorer: Commuting Edition.
Explore the latest population estimates for states and counties by age, race, and Hispanic origin.
County Business Patterns includes statistics on retail trade in America, including the growing online market. You can find the number of business establishments, employment and average annual payroll for every county in the U.S. for retail as a whole, as well as online retailers, online auctions, and mail order businesses.
The power of the American Community Survey allows you to choose from eleven demographic topics, including median household income, labor force participation and percent of the population 65 and older and explore these statistics for states, counties and census tracts. County Business Patterns statistics add six business topics at the state and county-levels, including total number of establishments, average employee pay, and information relating to the technology sector.
The American Community Survey is also the nation's source for local commuting information, including how people get to work, how long it takes, and how it's changed since 1990.
Census Explorer includes not only the latest American Community Survey five-year statistics (2008-2012) but also information from the 1990 and 2000 censuses. County Business Pattern data are available for 2000 and 2011, for both states and counties.
Replacing the decennial census long form, the American Community Survey provides timely annual statistics to communities throughout the nation.
Topics currently available in Census Explorer: People, Education and Income
In Census Explorer, “tech” refers to industries that participate in the design, manufacture, research, or distribution of computer and other high tech goods according to the North American Industrial Classification System. "Tech" is not an official Census Bureau definition, but is used to represent the 28 selected industries displayed in Census Explorer. This grouping includes employees at tech firms, some of whom are not directly involved in high tech activities, and misses employees in tech jobs at non-tech companies. Some NAICS codes changed between 2000 and 2011; the map accounts for these changes where possible. To read more about the selected classifications used for this map, see the list of codes used [Excel 24kb].
Topics currently available in Census Explorer: Commuting Edition:
Each decennial census map uses the boundaries that existed in the year the data were collected. So, the map for the 1990 Census uses 1990 boundaries, the map for the 2000 Census uses 2000 boundaries. The ACS 2008-2012 5-year data use 2012 boundaries.
We'd like to add more topics to this tool in the future, depending on resources and how well this first version is received. This is a pilot. Census Explorer uses easy and familiar mapping tools to let anyone zoom in or enter the address for the data they'd like to see. Our goal is to make data accessible to anyone. That's why we've launched tools such as our API and mobile apps.
As technology has changed over time, so has the sophistication of our mapping capabilities and TIGER (Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing) database. Our newer maps include more features such as streams and small lakes that weren't visible in the 1990 or 2000 maps.
The "data" link in the bottom right-hand corner will take you to American Factfinder. From there you can access and download the Census 2000 and ACS data. You can access 1990 Census data from: http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html
For County Business Patterns data, you access from the main page: http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/
The data from the 1990 and 2000 Decennial Censuses and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability.
For more information on sampling and estimation methods, confidentiality protection, and sampling and nonsampling errors, please see:
For 1990 Census:
For 2000 Census:
For County Business Patterns: