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United States Census: Getting Started

This research guide highlights the electronic and print resources published by the U.S. Census Bureau and select resources that accompany Census research.

What is the Census, Anyway?

The Decennial Census, mandated by the Constitution, counts the population of the United States for Congressional redistricting. It occurs every ten years ending in a zero. Over time, the Decennial Census started to collect socio-economic information useful to create legislation and understand the population of the country.

Census News


2010 Decennial Census of Population and Housing

The Decennial Census of Population and Housing is taken every year ending in a zero. The most recent was taking in 2010.

Census Explorer

Census Explorer, a partnership between Social Explorer and the Census Bureau, allows researchers to map data. Visualize statistics from the most recent set from the American Community Survey, as well as the 1990 and 2000 Decennial Censuses. 

Subject Guide

Tina Plottel
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