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Census Data

This guide provides an introduction to U.S. census data: concepts, datasets, and data sources

What is US Census Data?

While "the census" is the population count that takes place every ten years, the US Census Bureau actually publishes many different datasets on an on-going basis. These free and open datasets are geographically and thematically detailed and can be used for studying a host of demographic, socio-economic, and housing trends. This guide provides an overview of census concepts and datasets, and points you to useful tools and resources for accessing and extracting data.

Contact the Head of GIS & Data Services if you have questions about the census or need assistance with accessing data.

Population Studies at Brown

The Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University brings together students and faculty from many disciplines who are devoted to studying global, national, and local population trends and issues from both an academic and policy perspective. Visit their website to learn more about programs of study, workshops, research themes and projects, and their colloquia series. Several of their national research themes involve the study of census data.