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This guide is intended to give you a better understanding of how to search for, access, and map data for the US populace.
Kali Rippel, Librarian -- Las Positas College Library
About American FactFinder
American FactFinder provides access to population, housing, and economic data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys.
This includes (from the American FactFinder site):
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.
The American Housing Survey is the most comprehensive housing survey in the United States, covering 29 Metropolitan areas and the Nation as a whole.
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:
Annual Survey of Manufactures
The Annual Surveys of Governments provide relevant, comprehensive, uniform, and quality statistics on the characteristics and key economic activities of our nation’s nearly 90,000 state and local governments. The surveys provide detailed information about these governments’ structure, organization, function, finances, and employment.
The Census of Governments, conducted every 5 years, provides periodic and comprehensive statistics about the organization, employment, and finances of all state and local governments.
The Commodity Flow Survey produces data on the movement of goods originating from the United States. It provides information on commodities shipped, their value, weight and mode of transportation, as well as the origin and destination of shipments from establishments in these industry sectors: manufacturing, mining, wholesale, and select retail and services establishments.
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.
The Decennial Census of the Island Areas (American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) collects data every 10 years about demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics for the Island Areas.
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.
The Economic Census of the Island Areas profiles the economies of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands every 5 years, down to the local level by detailed industry and business classification.
The Survey of Business Owners presents statistics every 5 years at the national to local area level by industry and by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status of the business owner.
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.
The Population Estimates Program publishes estimated population totals for the previous year for cities and towns, metropolitan areas, counties, and states.
The Puerto Rico Community Survey is the equivalent of the American Community Survey for Puerto Rico.