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States and Local Areas: Overview

The data found in the State and Local Area Web site is provided by two Census Bureau publications, the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book (SMADB) and the County and City Data Book (CCDB). They are convenient statistical summaries of the social and economic structure of states, metropolitan and micropolitan areas, counties, cities, and places in the United States. Data for both the Web site and print publications is compiled and managed by the Statistical Compendia Branch of the U.S. Census Bureau and is acquired from statistical publications and electronic sources published by various nonprofit organizations, private businesses, and Federal statistical agencies.

The principal purpose of both the SMADB and CCDB is to serve as a statistical reference and guide to other data sources. All data is cited and is accompanied by a source link which allows the user to directly consult the data source. Statistical sources generally offer further information on the data which is not made available by Statistical Compendia publications, including statistical concepts and other methodological information regarding how data is collected and produced. Data not available in printed publications issued by the contributing agency but obtained from Web sites are identified in the source notes. The Web site provides updated and revised data and often offers historical data.

Suggested citations:

U.S. Census Bureau, State and Metropolitan Area Data Book: 2010 (7th edition). Washington, DC, 2010.

U.S. Census Bureau, County and City Data Book: 2007 (14th edition). Washington, DC, 2007.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Administrative & Customer Services Division, Statistical Compendia Branch | Last Revised: August 11, 2014