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Census and Demographics

The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. For data prior to 2013 see the US Census Bureau Statistical Abstracts of the United States.

American FactFinder
Start here for population, housing, economic data.

People and Household

Census Reports

CenStats Database
Data sets, tract searching, demographics and economic/business data.

Map Stats
Click on your location on the map and get quick county level demographic snapshots and links to more detailed tables.

U.S. Foreign Born Population

Historical Census Data
Historical census reports in PDF for 1790-1860, 1990, and 2000 and Measuring America which contains questionnaires and instructions, plus individual histories of each census.

Historical Statistics of the U.S.
Contains statistical abstracts from Colonial Times to 1970.

Historical Census Browser
Allows users to view state and county data for a wide range of Censuses, track topics over time, or generate thematic maps. This is not the Census of names and it cannot be used to track individuals.


Special Reports from the Census

Census of Governments: - List and structure of Government

American Housing Survey:

County and City Data Books:

U.S. Census of Agriculture Archive:

Economic Census 2007:

E-commerce data collected in four separate Census Bureau surveys.

Data from the Citizenship and Immigration Services Bureau dealing primarily with recent immigrants. For long range data consult the Census. Default format for the tables is PDF, however, many are also downloadable in Excel.

New York State and City Data

another way of using Census data that allows users to apply it to geographic units (community boards, school districts, health districts) that are not available through the Census web site. It also includes NYC specific data sets not available elsewhere.

New York State Data Center

New York City Official Homepage

NYC Map Portal
Put in a street address and get thematic maps about city life, education, elected official, health services and facilities, Public safety (police and fire), recreation, resident services, public transit.

NYC Census FactFinder
Provides quick and easy access to population information from the most recent U.S. Census.

Neighborhood statistics
A much grittier data set including HHS statistics on infant mortality and drug related deaths, restaurant inspections, Medicaid, child neglect, school attendance, education data, noise, potholes, and air quality. These are tied to the Mayor’s Management Report.

NYC Dept. of Health
Health profiles with maps and statistics for neighborhoods.

Office of Immigrant Affairs
Statistics are available on issues of immigration in New York City.

Dept. of City Planning Reference Resources

Non-Governmental Census and Demographic Resources

Census Project
Genealogy project attempting to put the index to the names census online, only partially complete. Also contains guides to historic municipal and church records.

Guide to using the Census
University of Michigan:

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research. ICPSR supplies data files for use with statistical software, such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata. Please note that ICPSR does not provide publications, reports, or ready-made statistics. What we do supply are the numeric raw data used to create publications, reports, and figures. To view findings that others have published, select the "related literature" link for a given data set on the search results page or at the top of each study description.