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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

  • Social Explorer
    Access: U of C restricted
    Downloadable data files and maps. Contains:
    - The entire US Census from 1790 to 2010
    - The entire American Community Survey (ACS) from 2005 to most recent
  • American FactFinder  
      
    Access: free and accessible to all
    Source for 2000 and 2010 decennial census data. And American Community Survey beginning with 2005.
  • Missouri Census Data Center (MCDC)
    Accessible: free and accessible to all
    Offers detailed census data for every state in the country.
  • Selected Historical Decennial Census Population and Housing Counts
    Access: free and accessible to all
    Basic population/housing data 1790+; detailed housing 1940+, income/poverty data 1970+
  • Ancestry Library Edition  
      
    Access: U of C restricted
    For genealogists, the most important part of the Census is the "Census Schedule" or "enumeration." This is the part that contains people's names.
    Search the entire collection of U.S. Federal Censuses from 1790 to 1940.

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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