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.
American FactFinder is the data aggregator provided by the US Census Bureau, used to filter data from it's many products.
Some tips to using AFF:
--always choose ADVANCED SEARCH and click SHOW ME ALL
--choose your GEOGRAPHY first. This will allow you to look at only data that is available for the area you are studying
--make sure to close out of the selection window in order to see the results of your query
--Selected Characteristic tables are a good way to learn about Census data
--you can search your Topic in the results list, or choose topics from the left side selection menu
The US Census Bureau publishes reports about it's data each year. You may find some of the Population reports useful for information about povery, income inequality and other topics you are studying this semester. Below are a few examples: