Last Updated: Apr 11, 2017     Views: 71

Healey Library has numerous resources available to you for this project and others that require working with Census and American Community Survey data.


  • If the focus is on historical census data, Historical Statistics of the United States is a great resource; it contains historical census data, including tables on specific topics
  • iPoll is a database that focuses on survey results, including historical datasets
  • ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) contains datasets that include census data
  • PolicyMap is a GIS database that allows you to create your own maps; explore, compare, download, or upload data; run analytics; create visualizations; and more
  • Social Explorer is another interactive resource that allows you to visually explore over 200 years of demographic data from the U.S. Census, beginning with 1790 through the present.


  • For pre-2000 census data, go to 
    • click the Library tab at top of screen; from that list, 
    • select Publications; then, 
    • select a year
  • Statistical Abstracts of the United States provides survey and statistical information from the U.S. Census Bureau
  • If the focus is on recent census data, use American FactFinder to search by numerous topics such as geography down to the neighborhood level, ethnic groups, economic indicators and so forth
  • Also from the U.S. Census Bureau is the American Community Survey, an ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population every year and updates the decennial censuses with estimates based on the results
  • The data from American Community Survey is also available through American FactFinder​