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American FactFinder (Census +): Using "Guided Search" (more in-depth searching)

Start

  1. Open link for American FactFinder
  2. Select Guided Search and then click on the button for Get Me Started to begin your targeted search.
  3. The system will prompt (or "guide") you through several options for your search, beginning with *what kind* of information you want to find (data about the population, housing, or the economy).

Step-by-Step

The system will prompt (or "guide") you through several options for your search, beginning with *what kind* of information you want to find (data about the population, housing, or the economy).

Next you will select the specific TOPICS (such as age, sex, income, education, poverty, marital status, etc.). Be aware that this is an automatic AND type of search. Meaning that it will attempt to find ALL of your topic areas in one table. You might find fewer results with more topics, so at the beginning you might want to limit the number of "topics" you select.

The next step is choosing your GEOGRAPHIES (geographical areas you want the data to include. Example: US, state, country, city-- known here as "Place").  The guided search allows you to select from the most requested geographies. To select from all available geographies, use the Advanced Search.

You may search by more than one geographic location. While you cannot select multiple locations at one time, you can ADD your selections (one-by-one) to your search strategy by selecting ADD TO YOUR SELECTIONS.

Once you've selected all of your locations and added them to the search box on the right side of the page, you can move on by clicking on NEXT.

The next option asks whether you need to search by Race/Ethnic Group (race, ancestry, or ethnic group of origin). If this information is not needed for your search, you have the option to Skip This Step and move on to the results. 

Next up, SEARCH RESULTS!!

Each table is listed in chronological order (latest to oldest) by data set. The particular data set from which the table is drawn is delineated in the right column. Without scrolling through the entire list, you can see how many tables were returned in your search under the "Your Selections" box on the right side of the page.

Once you click on the name of the title you've selected a table will open. From this table, you can add or remove locations from your search, save the table, print, download, or create a basic map from the data you select.

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