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U.S. Government Information: Census & Statistics

Census Bureau

The Census Bureau is an agency of the Commerce Dept. and operates under Title 13 and Title 26, of the U.S. Code

The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.



What is the Census?

The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years.

The data collected by the decennial census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

2020 Census

Census Resources

Population and Housing Census  -  Conducted every 10 years.  Last one was the 2010 U.S. Census.

Economic Census  provides a detailed portrait of the United States' economy once every five years, from the national to the local level. Last one was completed in 2012.

Census of Governments identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local government sector; provides authoritative benchmark figures of public finance and public employment; classifies local government organizations, powers, and activities; and measures federal, state, and local fiscal relationships.- Conducted every 5 years.  2012 is the most recent.

American Community Survey is an ongoing survey that provides data every year giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services.

American Factfinder -   This interactive application supports the Economic Census, the American Community Survey, the 1990 Census, Census 2000 and the latest Population Estimates.  Check out  Using American FactFinder.

American Housing Survey collects data on the Nation's housing, including apartments, single-family homes, mobile homes, vacant housing units, household characteristics, income, housing and neighborhood quality, housing costs, equipment and fuels, size of housing unit, and recent movers

Economic Indicators are released on specific schedules, according to the Economic Indicator Calendar.

State and County Quick Facts provides frequently requested Census Bureau information at the national, state, county, and city level.

Recently Released Census Data

Statistics Resources

Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Unfortunately, due to budgetary constraints, the 2012 edition is the final edition to this valuable resource.

FedStats provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic.

Censtats provides access to statistical resources offered by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Bureau of Justice Statistics collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems. It is the primary source of criminal justice statistics.

Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy, including Consumer Price Indexes(CPI).

Bureau of Economic Analysis, produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy.

TaxStats provides access to a wide range of tables, articles, and data that describe and measure elements of the U.S. tax system.

Data.Gov allows the  public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government.