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U.S. Census Bureau

The Census Bureau conducts nearly one hundred surveys and censuses every year. By law, no one is permitted to reveal information from these censuses and surveys that could identify any person, household, or business. Data from the following surveys and censuses are available in American FactFinder:

  • The American Community Survey is a nationwide survey designed to provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing.
    more » | get data »
  • The American Housing Survey is the most comprehensive housing survey in the United States, covering 29 Metropolitan areas and the Nation as a whole.
    more » | get data »
  • The Census Bureau conducts more than 100 economic surveys covering annual, quarterly, and monthly time periods for various sectors of the economy. Data from three Annual Economic Surveys can be found on American FactFinder:
    more »
  • The Decennial Census collects data every 10 years about age, sex, race, housing units and more for the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas.
    more » | get data »
  • The Economic Census profiles the U.S. economy every 5 years, from the national to the local level and by detailed industry and business classification.
    more » | get data »
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Tabulation publishes estimates from the American Community Survey of the race, ethnicity, and sex composition of the workforce by occupation and geography.
    more » | get data »
  • The Population Estimates Program publishes estimated population totals for the previous year for cities and towns, metropolitan areas, counties, and states.
    more » | get data »
  • The Puerto Rico Community Survey is the equivalent of the American Community Survey for Puerto Rico.
    more » | get data » | obtener datos en español »

A comprehensive list of surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau is available at http://www.census.gov/aboutus/surveys.html.

 

Frequently Used Data

  • US Government data by agency:
    Almost all agencies of the United States Government provide access to related data at their agency websites. Google search the agency and search the website by searching for 'data' or 'statistics', for example: Department of Justice to find crime statistics; Bureau of Labor Statistics to find all kinds of employment, unemployment and related data.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Access data related to inflation and prices, employment and unemployement, spending and time use, pay and benefits, productivity and workplace injuries.
  • Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) Series
    The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) series provides information on the buying habits of American consumers and data to support periodic revisions of the Consumer Price Index.
  • Current Population Survey
    A monthly survey of approximately 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50 years. A detailed demographic supplement is conducted annually in March, and supplements on other topics, including computer use and school enrollment.
  • General Social Survey
    General Social Survey (GSS) is a long running survey of social, cultural and political indicators. In addition to the GSS, topic modules include computer and Internet, racial and ethnic prejudice, and child mental-health stigma. The GSS has participated since 1985 in the International Social Survey Program.
  • National Longitudinal Surveys
    The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. For more than 4 decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers.
  • Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) Series
    The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) series was begun in 1968 to fill the need for a better understanding of the determinants of family income and its changes. Longitudinal survey of US individuals and the families in which they reside.
  • Survey of Consumer Finances
    Conducted every three years, this survey collects information on the assets, liabilities and other financial characteristics of households. It is the only U.S. survey that contains an oversample of wealthy households. Sample Size is about 4,500 families.
  • Survey of Income and Program Participation
    A longitudinal U. S. government survey of the financial status of American households conducted since 1984. Covers government transfer and service programs, pension coverage, housing affordability, financial assistance for education, among other topics. Data may also be accessed via ICPSR. However be aware this is a difficult set of surveys to use.
  • U. S. Census - IPUMS
    Public use samples of individual-level data from the U. S. census.
  • World Values Survey
    The series is designed to enable a crossnational comparison of values and norms on a wide variety of topics and to monitor changes in values and attitudes across the globe. A variety of questions on religion and morality were included. Data is currently available at ICPSR for 1981-1984, 1990-1993, 1995-1997, and 1999-2004.
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