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.
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.