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Finding and Using Census Data: American Factfinder

This guide will show you how to find Census data online. This is helpful for learning about your neighborhood. This guide includes videos.

Using American Factfinder

American FactFinder: 2000 and 2010 data from the U.S. Census Bureau

To search American FactFinder, visit the site.

screenshot of American Factfinder site

  1. If you're researching a neighborhood, start by using the Community Facts box, which lets you search by town or zip code (among other options). The address search option on the right side of the page is also very helpful (see image below). When you're done, click the Go button.

    screenshot of American Factfinder site with address search highlighted

  2. Now you'll have a list of the basic reports available for your geographic selection. The navigation on the left is arranged by subject. You can use those to navigate to the type of data you need.

    screenshot of American Factfinder site report overview

  3. When you click into a subject area, you get basic data about the subject and links to related reports.

    screenshot of American Factfinder site

  4. Click on a report to access it.

    screenshot of American Factfinder report

Here is how you cite information from American Factfinder: APA style and MLA style.

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