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Demographic Statistics from the U.S. Census and other sources: U.S. Census on the Web

A beginners guide to finding statistics about the U.S., Utah and the U.

Census Statistics

Strategy to find Census information

If you are new to using Census statistics, try the easiest strategy first. Then if you didn't find what you need try more advanced strategies.

easist

  • Try the  Statistical Abstract of the U.S. (see sidebar). 
  • The most recent edition of the Statistical Abstract is in the Knowledge Commons, HA202 .U5a

easy

  • The Census Bureau website is structured as a directory with FAQs and a "Subject A to Z" list to help you find subject-specific reports. The website offers tools to get quick data about a state or community:
  • Data Tools and Visualizatons are offered by the U.S. Census Bureau to help you find information.  Try QuickFacts or Easy Stats
  • Look under Topics to see if there is a Census publication that has already compiled the information you need.

intermediate

  • Use the American FactFinder tool to create custom tables from U.S. Census data. (The tool is fairly easy to use once you learn how but if you are trying it for the first time you may want to read American FactFinder Help or take a workshop from the Marriott Library).
  • If the Census doesn't report the information you want, try the Data.gov search engine to find statistics from other government agencies.
  • Ask a librarian for help to find the data you need.

expert

The U.S. Census website offers a Download Center designed for experienced users who want to use datasets with other software tools.

User guides

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