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US Census Data – Quick Overview

Posted by lrath on May 15, 2008

“The Census” isn’t one, monolithic chunk of data. Rather, it is a collection of different data sets collected or created for different purposes.
Here is a handout (PDF) discussing three of the main sources for population and housing data:

  • The Decennial Census
  • The American Community Survey
  • and the Population Estimates Program

The handout further explains how to obtain the data and how to decide which datasets to use.

This handout was created by Frank Donnelly, the Geospatial Librarian at Baruch College CUNY.

You may also be interested in an earlier posting about US Census website highlights


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