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The Decennial Census at Brandeis
Last Updated: May 28, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Welcome to the Guide to the Decennial Census at Brandeis.  I hope you find this guide useful. Click on the tabs above for more information. Please contact me if you have questions about using any of these resources.


Census Quick Start

  • American FactFinder includes most of the detailed data available for the 2000 and 2010 censuses. It appears that the Census Bureau has made American FactFinder easier to use in this latest generation with Census 2010, but it can be very slow in bringing up tables. Using Google Chrome as your web browser when using Amercian FactFinder seems to really speed up the processing.



Sometimes referred to as two distinct resources -- the Census of Population (1790 to present) and the Census of Housing (1940 to present) -- the Decennial Census is taken every ten years. Researchers love the Census because much data is made available for small geographic areas. Since 2000, much population & housing data is now available each year for smaller geographic areas from the American Community Survey.

This is a concise guide to locating United States Census holdings at Brandeis University Libraries, which has Census volumes from 1790 to the present in a combination of print and microfilm. Census data, even from the very beginning, is increasingly being made available online, and the 2000 and 2010 Censuses are almost totally available on the Web via American FactFinder.

If you need help finding Census data, please ask to speak with a reference librarian.
For in-depth consultation, please contact Ralph Szymczak, Government Documents Librarian.

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