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Data@Museums

Census data is a great resource for understanding our communities. For over 225 years, the United States has counted its population. This data provides a "snapshot in time" allowing museums to tell stories about local populations or single families and compare them with other towns, or states, and countries.

Data@Museums shows how exhibit demographic, agriculture, and economic census data are used to educate visitors about population growth and decline, immigration and migration, and changes in race, gender, housing, and economies in the areas they serve. To read more about the innovative ways some of these museums are presenting census data, follow the links to the museums' Web sites. Also, watch for new additions posted in this section and at the Census Bureau's social media sites (#MuseumMondays).

Has your museum used census data in its exhibits? The Census Bureau's History Staff would love to add a description of your exhibit, Web site links, and photos to Data@Museums and feature it on its social media pages! Contact us at sharon.a.tosi.lacey@census.gov.


Census Bureau Susquicentennial Exhibit

The U.S. Census Bureau exhibit at the Susquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia, PA, June 1–December 1, 1926.
The exposition celebrated the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the 50th
anniversary of the 1876 Centennial Exposition.

Photo courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: January 28, 2019