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Census Data at U of C Library

Finding Census Data

A list of pages that provide decennial and economic census data by year.

Resources for Chicago

Best Starting Points

Advanced Data Sources

  • census.ire.org
    Download bulk 2010 Census data in CSV or Shapefile.
  • DataFerrett  
      
    DataFerrett is a data analysis and extraction tool-with recoding capabilities-to customize federal, state, and local data to suit your requirements.
    Date coverage varies depending upon what dataset you choose.
  • Downloading data from American FactFinder and Census.gov
    Download data from American FactFinder and Download data via FTP
  • Geolytics  
      
    CD-ROMs availailable in our Map Collection.
  • Guide to the Census  
      
    How to parse, analyze, and incorporate census data.
  • ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research  
      
    - Decennial Censuses: 1790-2010 Censuses
    - American Housing Survey Series
    - Current Population Survey Series
    - Other Census, Including County and City Data Books
  • Interactive Internet Data Tools  
      
    From the U.S. Census Bureau
  • IPUMS USA  
      
    The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS-USA) consists of samples of the American population drawn from federal censuses and from the American Community Surveys of 2000-2012. These samples, which draw on every surviving census from 1850-2000, and the 2000-2012 ACS samples, collectively constitute our richest source of quantitative information on long-term changes in the American population.
  • Kelvin Smith Library: Census Index  
      
    Official mirror site for the United States 2000 Census ASCII text data files.
  • National Historic Geographic Information System (NHGIS)  
      
    Provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2012.
  • The TIGER/line files
    The U.S. Geological Survey's TIGER/line files constitute a digital base map of the entire United States. These files include spatial data for such geographic features as roads, railroads, waterways, and political and census boundaries (e.g., boundaries of tracts and block groups).
    find in the Library

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