Quick Start Census Guide
Resources for Finding Digital Census Data and GIS Boundaries at NCSU
This is intended to be a guide to starting points for finding Census data. There are many sources of Census numeric data in tabular format and of boundary files suitable for GIS. If you have questions, please contact the Data Services Librarians.
Notes and Tips:
- NCSU Libraries' Population Census Guide, includes detailed year by year explanatory material and describes Printed resources (as opposed to only digital, as shown in the table below).
- The links below take you to aggregated numeric Census data. If you are looking for images and names from the actual Census documents of 1790-1930 (1940 coming soon), go to HeritageQuest.
- Sources for Population Projections are noted below. The US Census also has population projections, but they have not been recently updated as of Spring 2012.
- Looking for recent Income data? This is possibly the most common data topic that is only available via the American Community Survey (ACS) and not from the short form Decennial Census. Income data is best retrieved from American Factfinder 2, and the smallest geography that it is reported to is the block group level. More ACS Details...
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