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Census 2000 - Census Block Relationship Files

The Census 2000 Block Relationship files are provided as a tool to help data users compare the universe of 1990 census blocks to the universe of Census 2000 blocks. From these files, data users may determine how 1990 blocks now relate to Census 2000 blocks and vice versa.

The data contained in the Relationship files is extracted from the Census Bureau's internal TIGER® database.  The Census 2000 block relationship files portray the following relationships between the 1990 and the 2000 Census Blocks:

  1. 1990 tabulation census block to Census 2000 tabulation block
  2. 1990 tabulation census block to Census 2000 collection block
  3. Census 2000 collection block to Census 2000 tabulation block

The Census Bureau has provided relationship files to help data users meet their many and diverse needs.  The majority of data users will need only the 1990 tabulation census block to Census 2000 tabulation block relationship file to see how 1990 tabulation blocks now correspond to Census 2000 blocks.

The Census 2000 Block Relationship Files were created for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the following Island Areas:  American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Note:  The 2000 collection blocks are the blocks used in the Census data collection phase by our Field staff.  The 2000 tabulation blocks are the blocks used in the final data tabulations.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Geography | (301) 763-1128 |  Last Revised: July 08, 2013