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Find resources on how to use geographic data and products with statistical data, educational blog postings, and presentations that we have given at conferences and other events here.


Brief descriptions of geographic concepts written to be easily understandable.


Brochures that we hand out at conferences. The brochures cover a wide variety of topics such as geographic concepts, TIGER/Line Shapefiles, and TIGERweb.

Census Geography Topics

Overviews of topics related to census geography such as geographic products, concepts, and programs.

Geographic Concept Videos

Videos created for the Boundary and Annexation Survey describing the basic concepts and areas that the Census Bureau uses for its surveys and products.

Geographic Terms and Concepts

Definitions for geographic areas terms and concepts used in demographic and socioeconomic data products.

Guide to State and Local Geography

Basic information about each state or state equivalent, a brief geographic history, tallies of various entities within the state and much more.

How Tos

Step by step instructions on how to get and use our geographic data products.


Presentations that Census Bureau staff members have prepared to help you understand Census Geography better.



Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Geography | (301) 763-1128 |  Last Revised: October 01, 2014