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American FactFinder2 Instructions

There are several ways to access tables and maps on the foreign-born population using the new American FactFinder. Below are links to instructions explaining some of the more common ways data users find the information they want. Note: Not all tables/maps are available in all years/data sets or for all geographies.

Search by Key Word, Population Group, or Table Number

  1. Go to the new American FactFinder web page.
  2. On the American FactFinder home page, either a) click on the "Advanced Search" tab at the top of the page or b) click on the "Advanced Search" link in the list on the left of the page and then click the gray "Show Me All" button.
  3. In the light orange box in the middle of the page, under the text “1. Enter search terms and an optional geography and click GO”:
    • BY KEY WORD: Click on the radio button next to “topics.” In the “topic or table name” box, type in a key word, such as foreign born, citizenship, place of birth, or nativity. A list will appear. Click on the topic you want and it will appear in the “topic or table name” box. (Alternatively, you can click on the “Topics” link below the light orange box to open the “Select Topics” box.)
    • BY TABLE NAME/NUMBER: Click on the radio button next to “topics.” In the “topics or table name” box, type in a table name or number. A list will appear. Click on the table you want and it will appear in the “topic or table name” box. (For your convenience, table names/numbers are summarized by topic on the Subject Tables list.)
    • BY COUNTRY OF BIRTH: Click on the radio button next to “race/ancestry.” In the “race, ancestry or tribe” box, type in a country of birth. A list will appear. Click on the country of birth you want and it will appear in the “race, ancestry or tribe” box. (Alternatively, you can click on the “Race and Ethic Groups” link below the light orange box to open the “Select Race and Ethnic Groups” box.)
  4. In the “state, county or place (optional)” box, type in a geography of interest (e.g., nation, state name, country name, place name, etc.). A list will appear. Click on the geography you want and it will appear in the “state, county or place (optional)” box. Click “GO.” A list of available data tables will appear. (Alternatively, you can click on the “Geographies” link next to the “2” on the “Advanced Search” page to open the “Select Geographies” box.)
  5. To display the table you want, either a) click on the table title or b) check the box next to the table identification number and then click "view." Your table will appear.
  6. If you would like to begin a new search, click the "Back to Advanced Search" button at the top of the table then the "clear all selections and start a new search" link in the "Your Selections" box.

Search by Topic

  1. Go to the American FactFinder web page.
  2. On the American FactFinder home page, either a) click on the "Advanced Search" tab at the top of the page or b) click on the "Advanced Search" link in the list on the left of the page and then click the gray "Show Me All" button.
  3. On the left side of the "Advanced Search" page, there is a stack of boxes. Click on the "Topics" box to open the options list.
  4. On this list, click on "People." A second options list will open that includes a variety of different topics.
  5. On this list, click on "Origins." A third options list will open. This list includes several different topics, such as ancestry, citizenship, foreign born, Hispanic or Latino, native born, place of birth, race/ethnic origin, and year of entry. Click on a topic and close the options box. A list of tables just on that topic will appear.
  6. You may want to see a table for a particular geography (e.g., nation, state, county, places, etc.). Click on the "Geographies" box to the left of the screen. The "Select Geographies" box will open. Use the options provided to select a geography and click the gray "Add to Your Selections" box. Your selection will be included in the "Your Selections" box. Close the "Select Geographies" box.
  7. To display the table you want, either a) click on the table title or b) check the box next to the table identification number and then click "view." Your table will appear.
  8. If you would like to begin a new search, click the "Back to Advanced Search" button at the top of the table then the "clear all selections and start a new search" link in the "Your Selections" box.

Selected Population Profiles (SPPs)

  1. Go to the American FactFinder web page.
  2. On the American FactFinder home page, either a) click on the "Advanced Search" tab at the top of the page or b) click on the "Advanced Search" link in the list on the left of the page and then click the gray "Show Me All" button.
  3. On the left side of the "Advanced Search" page, there is a stack of boxes. Click on the "Topics" box to open the options list.
  4. On this list, click on "Product Type." A second options list will open that includes the different kinds of data products available.
  5. Click on "Selected Population Profile," then close the options list.
  6. You may want to see a Selected Population Profile for a particular place of birth (e.g., Mexico, Asia, etc.). Click on the "Race and Ethnic Groups" box to the left of the screen. The "Select Race and Ethnic Groups" box will open.
  7. In the "Race/Ethnic Group Filter Options" box, under "Population Group Type," click on "Country of Birth." The options list will be populated with the available country-of-birth groups.
  8. Select one or more options by checking the box next to the code number and then clicking "Add." Your selections will appear in the "Your Selections" box. Close the "Select Race and Ethnic Group" box.
  9. You may want to see a Selected Population Profile for a particular geography (e.g., nation, state, county, places, etc.). Click on the "Geographies" box to the left of the screen. The "Select Geographies" box will open. Use the options provided to select a geography and click the gray "Add to Your Selections" box. Your selection will be included in the "Your Selections" box. Close the "Select Geographies" box.
  10. To display the table you want, either a) click on the table title or b) check the box next to the table identification number and then click "view." Your table will appear.
  11. If you would like to begin a new search, click the "Back to Advanced Search" button at the top of the table then the "clear all selections and start a new search" link in the "Your Selections" box.

Subject Tables

  1. Go to the new American FactFinder web page.
  2. On the American FactFinder home page, either a) click on the "Advanced Search" tab at the top of the page or b) click on the "Advanced Search" link in the list on the left of the page and then click the gray "Show Me All" button.
  3. On the left side of the "Advanced Search" page, there is a stack of boxes. Click on the "Topics" box to open the options list.
  4. On this list, click on "Product Type." A second options list will open that includes the different kinds of data products available.
  5. Click on "Subject Table," then close the options list.
  6. You may want to see a Subject Table for a particular topic (e.g., citizenship or year of entry) or place of birth (e.g., Mexico, Asia, etc.). In the Topics list (see item 3 above), click on "People." A second options list will open.
  7. On this list, click on "Origins." A third options list will open. This list will include several different topics, including citizenship, foreign born, native born, place of birth, race/ethnic origin, and year of entry. Click on a topic and close the options box. A list of tables just on that topic will appear.
  8. You may want to see a Subject Table for a particular geography (e.g., nation, state, county, places, etc.). Click on the "Geographies" box to the left of the screen. The "Select Geographies" box will open. Use the options provided to select a geography and click the gray "Add to Your Selections" box. Your selection will be included in the "Your Selections" box. Close the "Select Geographies" box.
  9. To display the table you want, either a) click on the table title or b) check the box next to the table identification number and then click "view." Your table will appear.
  10. If you would like to begin a new search, click the "Back to Advanced Search" button at the top of the table then the "clear all selections and start a new search" link in the "Your Selections" box.

Ranking Tables

  1. Go to the new American FactFinder web page.
  2. On the American FactFinder home page, either a) click on the "Advanced Search" tab at the top of the page or b) click on the "Advanced Search" link in the list on the left of the page and then click the gray "Show Me All" button.
  3. On the left side of the "Advanced Search" page, there is a stack of boxes. Click on the "Topics" box to open the options list.
  4. On this list, click on "Product Type." A second options list will open that includes the different kinds of data products available.
  5. Click on "Ranking Table," then close the options list.
  6. You may want to see a Ranking Table for a particular topic (e.g., place of birth). In the Topics list (see item 3 above), click on "People." A second options list will open.
  7. On this list, click on "Origins." A third options list will open. This list will include several different topics, including foreign born, native born, place of birth, and race/ethnic origin. Click on a topic and close the options box. A list of tables just on that topic will appear.
  8. You may want to see a Ranking Table for a particular geography (e.g., nation, state, county, places, etc.). Click on the "Geographies" box to the left of the screen. The "Select Geographies" box will open. Use the options provided to select a geography and click the gray "Add to Your Selections" box. Your selection will be included in the "Your Selections" box. Close the "Select Geographies" box.
  9. To display the table you want, either a) click on the table title or b) check the box next to the table identification number and then click "view." Your table will appear.
  10. If you would like to begin a new search, click the "Back to Advanced Search" button at the top of the table then the "clear all selections and start a new search" link in the "Your Selections" box.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Foreign Born |  Last Revised: 2013-03-05T16:47:01.951-05:00