CENSUS TOOLKIT

      University of South Alabama Library

 

Adapted for the University of South Alabama Library’s Documents/Serials Department from the Census Toolbox of the American Library Association’s Government Information Technology Committee: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/GODORT/gitco/gdtoolkitindex.html and the University of Michigan Documents Center: http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/centool.pdf.  Created 7/11/03. Updated 4/12/07.

 

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

                        General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

 

                                                Tutorials, questionnaires, publication schedules, technical documentation, code lists, contacts and help

 

                        Choosing a Data Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

 

                                                Choosing a data file by subject and geography; publication date, comparison of American Factfinder,

                                                Census DVD, FTP

 

                        Data Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

 

                                                American Factfinder, web pages for individual files, demographic profiles, Census DVD, FTP,

                                                undercount, school districts

 

                        Geography and Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

 

                                                Geographic codes, sources for printed and electronic maps, Alabama paper maps

 

                        Working with Census Data and Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

 

                                                Excel, changing PDF to Excel, printing PDF maps

 

                        Historical Census Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

 

                                                Questionnaires, indexes, print and electronic data and maps, Current population reports

 

                        Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

 

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

 

Gateway:

 

            Census 2000 Home Page (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/main/www/cen2000.html

                                                Census 2000 questionnaires, press releases, links to data

                                                sources, analyses of data, and historical information links.

 

 

General Guides:

 

            Introduction to Census 2000 Data (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/dmd/www/products.html

                                    Printed guide in English and Spanish, as well as Powerpoint

                                    presentations which may be downloaded by user.

 

            Public Use Presentation Library (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/mso/www/pres_lib/index2.html

                                    Powerpoint presentations on various aspects of Census 2000.

                                    May be viewed or downloaded. Includes speaker’s notes.

 

            Public Use Training Modules (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/mso/www/rsf/index.html

                                                Powerpoint slides on various census files, data analyses, file

                                                transfer protocol, and American Factfinder.

 

            Census Tutorial (Alaska Library Association)

                                http://daniel.cornwall.home.att.net/census_tutorial.html

                                    Web-based tutorial on Census concepts.

 

            Census 2000 Starting Pathfinder (University of Minnesota)

                                http://govpubs.lib.umn.edu/census/pathfinder1.phtml

                                                Flow chart showing questions and which section to use in

                                                American Factfinder.

 

 

Questionnaires:

 

            Census 2000 Questionnaires (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/dmd/www/2000quest.html

                                                PDF versions of the 100% and sample questionnaires, as well as special

                                                questionnaires for Puerto Rico, the Islands, and military personnel.

 

 

Publication Schedule:

 

            By Products (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/c2kproducts.html

                                                Summary Files and their availability via the internet, DVD, etc.

 

            By Subjects (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/c2k_subs.html

                                                Arranged by subject, such as disability, and lists which products will

                                                contain them and when they are due for publication

 

            By Geographic Areas (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/c2k_geo.html

                                                Lists geographic levels, such as place or census tract, describes which

                                    products contain that level of data, and the publication schedule.

 

 

Technical Documentation:

 

            Redistricting Data (Census Data) – 4.2M

                                http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/doc/pl94-171.pdf

 

            Race and Hispanic Origin Summary (Census Bureau) – 3.8 M

                                http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/doc/racehislat.pdf

 

            Demographic Profiles (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/doc/ProfileTD.pdf

                                    Technical Note on Unmarried Partners

                                                                http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/samesex.html

 

            Summary File 1 (Census Bureau) – 5.9 M

                                http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/doc/sf1.pdf

                                                Printable List of Tables (University of Michigan)

                                                                http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/sf1tab.htm

 

            Summary File 2 (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/doc/sf2.pdf

                                                Printable list of tables (University of Michigan)

                                                                http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/sf2.htm

 

            Summary File 3 (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/doc/sf3.pdf

 

            Summary File 4 (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/doc/sf4.pdf

                                    List of Tables: http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/sf4tab.pdf

                                    Race/Ancestry: http://www.lib.umich.edu/census2/sf4race.pdf

 

Public Use Microdata Samples – 1% Sample (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/doc/pums.pdf

 

                                                Superpumas: http://ftp2.census.gov/geo/maps/puma/superpuma2k/

 

            American Samoa Summary File (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/doc/sfas.pdf

 

            Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Summary File

                                http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/doc/sfcnmi.pdf

 

            Guam Summary File

                                http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/doc/sfguam.pdf

 

            United States Virgin Islands Summary File

                                http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/doc/sfvi.pdf

 

 

Code Lists:

 

            Ancestry (60K)

                                http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/sf3td/sf3tdg1.pdf

 

                        Ancestry in Sum. File 4: http://www.lib.umich.edu/census2/sf4race.pdf

 

            Census Supplementary Survey Code Lists

                                http://www.census.gov/c2ss/www/Methodology/CodeLists.htm

 

            Federal Information Processing Standards Codes

                                http://www.census.gov/geo/www/fips/fips.html

                                                Geographic codes for states, counties, places, and Congressional Districts.

 

            Group Quarters (56K)

                                http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/sf3td/sf3tdg2.pdf

 

            Hispanic (26K)

                                http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/sf3td/sf3tdg3.pdf

 

            Industry and Occupation Classification System

                                http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/ioindex.html

 

                                Census Bureau Technical Documentation for Summary File 3 also has Industry

                                [http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/sf3td/sf3tdg4.pdf] and occupation

                                [http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/sf3td/sf3tdg6.pdf] codes.

 

            Language (50K)

                                http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/sf3td/sf3tdg5.pdf

 

            Metropolitan Area Definitions:

                                http://www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/pastmetro.html

 

            Spreadsheet with 1990 and 2000 MSA Codes:

                                http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/90-20msa.xls

 

            Race (115K)

                                http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/sf3td/sf3tdg7.pdf

 

                                Race in Summary File 2: http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/compcen.html

 

 

Citing Census Publications:

 

            Suggested Citation Styles for Internet Information (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/compcen.html

 

 

Census Help:

 

            Census Bureau Telephone Contacts by Subject Area

                                http://www.census.gov/contacts/www/contacts.html

 

            GODORT Handout Exchange Handouts

                                http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/godort/census.htm

 

            State Data Centers

                                http://www.census.gov/sdc/www/

 

 

 

 

CHOOSING A DATA SOURCE

 

 

1.  Choose Data File based on subject needed AND geographic level covered

 

                In addition to the lists below, you can also use the Technical Documentation in

                the previous chapter of this guide or the Census Bureau’s publication schedule by

                subject at: http://www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/c2k_subs.html

 

            Redistricting Files (PL 94-171) – Available

 

                                63 racial groups                                                                    All levels to block

                                63 racial groups over 18

 

            Summary File 1 - Available

 

                                Household relationship                                                      All levels to block

                                Sex

                                Race

                                Hispanic origin

                                Age, including single years

                                Housing owner/renter occupied

                                Group Quarters

                                Unmarried partners

 

            Summary File 2 - Available

 

                                                                                      Racial cross-classifications for

                                Grandparents as caregivers                                                                    housing only at tract level

                                School enrollment

                                Educational attainment

                                State or foreign country of birth

                                Citizenship and year of immigration

                                Language spoken at home

                                Ancestry

                                Place of residence 5 years ago

                                Veteran status

                                Disability

                                Labor force status

                                Place of work

                                Journey to work

                                Occupation

                                Industry

                                Class of worker

                                Work experience in 1999

                                Income and poverty in 1999

                                Housing units in structure

                                Rooms in unit

                                Value of home

                                Rent paid

                                Year structure built

                                Year moved into residence

                                Heating fuel All levels to block group

                                Plumbing and kitchen facilities Racial cross-classifications for

                                Number of bedrooms housing only at tract level

                                Farm residence

                                Telephone

                                Vehicles available

                                Monthly shelter costs

 

            Summary File 4 - Released April - September 2003

 

                                Subjects covered in Summary File 3 All levels to census tract

                                Detailed cross classifications by race

                                                and ancestry

 

            108th Congressional Districts – Available    Congressional Districts beginning

                                                                                                                                                2003 and corresponding counties,

                                Separate 100% and sample files                                         places, and tracts

 

            Amer. Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, Virgin IslandsAvailable

                                                                                                            Individual U.S. territories

                                100% and sample combined

                                Puerto Rico covered in SF1-3 files

 

            Census Supplementary Survey - Available

 

                                All subjects covered in Summary File 3                           U.S. states, counties, MSAs,

                                Data subject to error because different                            and places of 250,000+

                                                sampling techniques used

                                Essentially superseded by Demographic

                                                Profiles and SF3 when published

 

            Demographic Profiles - Available

 

                                Brief data in SF1 and SF3                                                    U.S., states, counties, places,

                                No classifications by race, age or                                     MCDs, MSAs, Native Ameri-

                                                sex although those three                                    can areas, and 106th

                                                variables are available for                                   Congress Districts,

                                                the entire population                                                           one-at-a-time

 

 

            Public Use Microdata Samples : 1% - Available

                                                                                                                                                States and super-PUMAS (areas

                                All subjects in sample questionnaire                                                400,000)

                                User must FTP data and manipulate with own

                                                software (e.g. SAS, SPSS, STATA)

 

            Public Use Microdata Samples: 5% - Released sometime in 2003?                                                                                                                       States and PUMAS (areas of

                                All subjects in sample questionnaire                                                100,000)

                                Users must FPT data and maipulate with own

                                                software (e.g. SAS, SPSS, STATA)

 

 

2.  Is it available yet?

 

Through 2003, the most important determinant of a data source is the

availability of your file.

 

The Census Bureau’s FTP site followed within days by American

Factfinder: http://factfinder.census.gov/ are usually the first sources for the

Summary.  The Geolytics CDs and Census Bureau’s individual state CDs

are published approximately six-months later.  The Census Bureau’s DVD

can take a year to be produced.  The publication schedule is available

at: http://www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/c2kproducts.html

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


3.  If the file you need is available on all sources, choose the source using the

     following characteristics.

 

            American Factfinder [http://factfinder.census.gov]

                                Usually best place to start

                                Can access at home

                                Has all data sets for 2000

                                Can choose tables for sub-sub geographies

                                Can use Custom Tables for retrieving parts of tables or multiple tables and

                                                spreadsheet functions

                                Can mix and match types of geographic areas

                                Can download in spreadsheet format

                                Reference maps for entire country

                                Selected thematic maps for entire country for insertion in paper, powerpoint, web

 

            Census Bureau DVDs [Documents CD-ROM cabinets]

 

                                Much faster than Factfinder

                                Can handle large, large numbers of geographies

                                Can select individual variables within a table rather than entire table

                                Radius searching possible

 

                                                Summary File 1   C 3.275: F 48/DVD

                                                Summary File 2   C 3.282/2-3: 2000/DVD

 

            FTP [http://ftp2.census.gov/census_2000/datasets/ or http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/subject.html#I]

 

                                Need to manipulate significant amounts of data

                                Know how to use a statistical package

                                Familiar with unzipping files, cutting spreadsheets to

                                                a reasonable size, and adding column headings

 

 

Comparison of Census 2000 Delivery Vehicles:

 

            Factfinder v. DVD v. Geolytics (University of Michigan)

                                http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/compcen.html

 

 

 

 

DATA PRODUCTS

 

 

American Factfinder:

 

            American Factfinder

                        http://factfinder.census.gov/

 

                Has all data sets from the 2000 Census as well as all reference maps to the block level.

                Includes the most popular files from the 1990 Census and reference maps to the block

                                group level. Selected thematic maps from the 2000 and 1990 Census.

 

                                Data Sets currently available include:

                                                Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)

                                                108th Congressional Districts (100% and Sample)

                                                Summary File 1

                                                Summary File 2

                                                Summary File 3

                                                Summary File 4

                                                American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas and U.S. Virgin Islands

 

            Factfinder Tutorials

 

                                Tutorials and Training Materials (Census Bureau)

                                                http://factfinder.census.gov/home/en/epss/tutorials.html

 

                                American Factfinder Powerpoint (University of Michigan)

                                                http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/cen2000.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
TIPS ON USING AMERICAN FACTFINDER

 

1. Use the search engine on the main page if you have not already identified

                                a summary file or data set.

 

2. Use the DATA SETS menu in the middle of the main page for the most

                                efficient access.

 

                a.         Choose Summary File

                b.         Choose Detailed Tables or Custom Table*

                c.         Use LIST geography to choose area (e.g. all tracts in county). However, if you

                                want to choose areas within a sub-sub geography

                                                (e.g. all tracts or zip codes in state, all block groups in city),

                                                 use the GEO WITHIN GEO Option.

                d.         KEYWORD searching is easiest for choosing your table in SF1 and 2;

                            SUBJECT search in SF 3 and 4

                e.         You can print the table using your web browser.

                f.          Do NOT use your web browser to download. Use the DOWNLOAD button and

                                choose your format. Comma delimited/

                                                Transposed is best for manipulating the data with a

                                                spreadsheet.

                g.         The columns and rows in your spreadsheet will be marked with

                                eye-legible headings.

                h.         *Custom Table at the Summary File choice screen allows you to

                                choose individual variables in one or more tables on the same

                                spreadsheet. The Options menu permits you to sort or filter the

                                search results. Custom Table can be used with List Geography

                                and Geography within Geography.

 

3. Use MAPS/REFERENCE MAPS (middle bottom of main page) to obtain

                            boundaries, street names, and numbers of tracts, block groups, blocks,

                            zip codes, and other geographies.

 

                a.         At the U.S. map screen, CHANGE GEOGRAPHY. Then search

                b.         by place name.

                c.         If you can’t read a tract boundary, you can turn off the similarly-colored block

                                group boundaries by using the legend.

                d.         These maps can only be saved as a GIF format.

 

4. Use MAPS/THEMATIC MAPS to show representations of data.

 

                a.         At the U.S. or state map screen, CHANGE GEOGRAPHY.

                b.         Use LIST GEOGRAPHY to determine your area. Always choose the level

                                above the level you want to represent. (e.g. choose state if you want county

                                data)

                c.         You can overlay reference maps onto thematic maps.

                d.         These can only be saved in GIF format.

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Census Bureau Web Pages for Individual Files:

 

                                These usually direct you to technical documentation and alternatives to American

                                Factfinder for obtaining the data.

 

            Redistricting Data

                                http://www.census.gov/clo/www/redistricting.html

            Congressional Districts – 108th Congress

                                http://factfinder.census.gov/home/en/cd108.html

            Demographic Profile – 100%

                                http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/ 2001/demoprofile.html

            Demographic Profiles – 100% and Sample

                                http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2002/demoprofiles.html

            School District Demographics – 100% and Sample

                                http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/sdds/tablemain.asp

            Summary File 1

                                http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2001/sumfile1.html

            Summary File 2

                                http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2001/sumfile2.html

            Summary File 3

                                http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2002/sumfile3.html

            Summary File 4

                                http://factfinder.census.gov/home/en/sf4.html

            Public Use Microdata Samples – 1%

                                http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2003/PUMS.html

            Census 2000 Supplementary Survey

                                http://www.census.gov/c2ss/www/

 

 

Demographic Profiles – 100% and Sample:

 

            Demographic Profiles – 100% and Sample

                                http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2002/demoprofiles.html

 

                                Demographic profiles include summary data on age, race, sex, household

                                Characteristics, marital status, education, occupation, income, poverty, employment

                                status, disability, commuting, housing value and rent, and housing characteristics for

                                the U.S., states, counties, places, minor civil divisions, MSAs, Native American

                                reservations, and Congressional Districts.

 

                                The main Census Bureau web for Demographic Profiles provides two approaches:

                                search for profiles of individual areas or download data for both 2000 and 1990 in

                                compressed .csv (spreadsheet) format.

 

                                The spreadsheets include all geographic areas for the state in clustered rows. The

                                State; counties, and their individual minor civil divisions, but NOT places within the

                                county; all Places in the state listed alphabetically; Metropolitan Statistical Areas;

                                Native American Reservations, and Congressional Districts. The Census Bureau does

                                not list places under their counties because places often reside in two counties (e.g.

                                Birmingham, Alabama is located in Jefferson and Shelby Counties.)

 

 

Census Bureau CDs/DVDs

 

                                The Census Bureau DVDs, beginning with Summary File 1, use the Allocate software.

                                They provide the capability of retrieving very large data sets (all of the tracts in a state,

                                blocks in a county, etc.) at rapid speed. You can select parts of a table rather than the

                                entire table (e.g. females 88 and 89 years old rather than over 200 ages by sex). You

                                can also search within a radius. Once data sets are run, you will also be provided a

                                separate file to translate the table headings.

 

                                Census Bureau CDs/DVDs are located in the Documents CD-ROM cabinets.  The CDs

                                are accessible from any of the Documents workstations.  Only the CENSUS DATA

                                workstation has a DVD drive.

 

Basic search techniques:

 

                1.     Determine table you want using the Technical Documentation if at all

                  possible. The Allocate DVD does not support keyword searching.

 

                2.     PICK GEOGRAPHY by choosing the summary level and then

                        expanding it.

                        Note: if you are using Summary Level 140 (state-county-tract) and

                        Check off the name of your county rather than use the expand

                        button, you will retrieve all of the tracts in that county.

 

                3.     Choose OUTPUT tab. Change from the report format to the FILE

                        format.  Then SAVE AS (name your file and choose your file type even

                        before you choose the data). When using the LAN, save to the X drive.

 

                4.     Choose SIMPLE VARIABLES. Expand to include GEOGRAPHIC

                        IDENTIFIERS. Then expand to include the population and housing

                        variables you want. Double-click on the variable or single-click and

                        select to make sure your variable moves to the right hand side of the

                        screen.

 

                5.     Click on FINISH.

 

                6.     Before retrieving data, be sure to retrieve and print your table

                        headings.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


           

 

 

            PL 94-171 Redistricting Files

 

                                Documents CD-ROM Cabinets: C 3.275: R 24/DVD

                                Purchase information: http://www.census.gov/mp/www/rom/msrom6gb.html

                                Tutorial (Census): http://www.census.gov/support/PLData.html

 

                        Alabama PL 94-171 Redistricting File

                                                Documents CD-ROM Cabinets: C 3.281: Al 1 b/2000/CD

 

            Census 2000 Race and Hispanic or Latino Summary File

 

                                Documents/Serials Department: C 3.275: R 11/CD

                                Purchase information: http://www.census.gov/mp/www/rom/msrom6gr.html

            Summary File 1

 

                                Documents/Serials Department: C 3.275: F 48/DVD

                                Purchase information: http://www.census.gov/mp/www/rom/msrom6ge.html

                                Tutorial (Census) http://www.census.gov/mso/www/sf1dvd/index.htm

                                Tutorial (UMich) http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/cen2000.htm (near

                                    end of slide presentation)

 

                                Alabama Summary File 1

                                                Documents/Serials Department: C 3.282: 2000 X/AL

 

            Summary File 2:

 

                                Documents/Serials Department: Not yet available

                                Tutorial (Census) http://www.census.gov/support/SF2Data.html

 

            Summary File 3:

 

                                Documents/Serials Department: Not yet available

                                Tutorial (Census) http://www.census.gov/support/SF3Data.html

 

 

FTP

 

                                Downloading data via ftp is probably the best way to handle large data sets which

                                you plan to manipulate with a statistical package such as SAS, SPSS, or STATA.

                                It may also work with spreadsheets provided the Census Bureau has divided the files

                                Into packages small enough to be handled by programs such as EXCEL.

 

                                The Census Bureau’s FTP web site is given below for each file currently available.

 

            PL94-171 Redistricting Files

                                http://ftp2.census.gov/census_2000/datasets/redistricting_file--pl_94-171/

 

            Demographic Profiles – Sample and 100%

                                http://ftp2.census.gov/census_2000/datasets/100_and_sample_profile/

 

            Summary File 1

                                http://ftp2.census.gov/census_2000/datasets/Summary_File_1/

 

            Summary File 2

                                http://ftp2.census.gov/census_2000/datasets/Summary_File_2/

 

            Summary File 3

                                http://ftp2.census.gov/census_2000/datasets/Summary_File_3/

 

            Summary File 4

                                http://ftp2.census.gov/census_2000/datasets/Summary_File_4/

 

            Census Supplementary Survey

                                http://ftp2.census.gov/census_2000/datasets/Census_2000_Supplementary_Survey/

 

            Public Use Microdata Samples – 1%

                                http://ftp2.census.gov/census_2000/datasets/PUMS/OnePercent/

 

            Island Areas

                                http://ftp2.census.gov/census_2000/datasets/Island_Areas/

 

            108th Congressional Districts

                                http://ftp2.census.gov/census_2000/datasets/108_Congressional_Districts/

 

 

Undercount

 

                State and national undercount figures are available from the University of Minnesota at

                http://govpubs.lib.umn.edu/census/cen_adj.phtml. Population figures adjusted for undercount

                will NOT appear on regular Census Bureau data products or American Factfinder. They

                are being issued on CD-ROM. The CD-ROMS will not be distributed to depository libraries

                but can be requested using the request form. Data can also be ftp-ed in compressed format

                from UCLA at http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/issr/da/Adjusted/adjust_web.html

 

 

 

 

                                           GEOGRAPHY AND MAPS

 

 

Gateway:

 

            Census Bureau Geography

                        http://www.census.gov/geo/www/index.html

                                                Guide to Census Bureau geographic hierarchies, classification systems, map

                                                products, and GIS.

 

 

Geography:

 

            Census 2000 Geographic Terms and Concepts:

                        http://www.census.gov/geo/www/tiger/glossry2.pdf

 

            Census Geography Chart

                                http://factfinder.census.gov/home/en/epss/census_geography.html

 

            Geographic Areas Reference Manual

                                http://www.census.gov/geo/www/garm.html

 

            Geographic Changes for 2000 + Glossary

                                http://www.census.gov/geo/www/tiger/glossary.html

 

            Census 2000 Statistical Areas Boundary Criteria

                                http://www.census.gov/geo/www/psapage.html

 

            Cartographic Boundary Files

                                http://www.census.gov/geo/www/cob/

 

            Census Block Relationship Files (between 1990 and 2000)

                                http://www.census.gov/geo/www/relate/rel_blk.html

 

            Census Tract Relationship Files (between 1990 and 2000)

                                http://www.census.gov/geo/www/relate/rel_tract.html

 

            Mable/Geocorr Geographic Correspondence Engine

                                http://mcdc2.missouri.edu/websas/geocorr2k.html

                                                (get all zip codes by county, relate tracts to zip codes, etc.)

 

            Metropolitan Area Definitions:

                                http://www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/metrodef.html

 

            Urbanized Areas (Federal Register, May 1, 2002)

                                http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/ua2000.pdf

 

 

Copies of Maps:

 

            Map Products for Download

                        http://www.census.gov/geo/www/maps/CP_MapProducts.htm

                                                Electronic versions

 

            Paper Maps for Purchase

                        http://www.census.gov/mp/www/geo/c2000/2000pr~1.html

 

            PDF Format

                        http://www.census.gov/geo/www/tiger/rd_2ktiger/pl_maps/pl_maps.html

                                                County block maps, legislative district maps, and census tract maps.

 

            Interactive Electronic Maps

                                http://factfinder.census.gov

                                                American Factfinder provides reference and thematic maps to the block level.

 

            Paper Maps for Alabama

 

                                The Reference Department has paper atlases of 1990 and 2000 Census tract maps for

                                the city and county of Mobile (Ready Ref G 3973 .M6).  Available in the Documents

                                /Serials Department, are the 1990 Census tract and block maps for Baldwin

                                and Mobile counties (C 3.223/11: 1990 CPH-3-233/MAPS), 9 others Alabama MSAs, and all

                                of Alabama outside of major metropolitan areas (C 3.223/11: 1990 CPH-3-2/MAPS).

 

 

WORKING WITH CENSUS DATA AND MAPS

 

 

Data:

 

            Excel Spreadsheets for Library Census Users

                                http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/excel/xlguide.pdf

 

            How to Export a Table from PDF to an Excel Spreadsheet

                                http://www.library.mcgill.ca/edrs/services/publications/howto/PDFtoXLS/PDFtoExcel.html

 

 

Maps:

 

            How to Print Out Census 2000 Maps in PDF Format (University of

                        North Carolina)

                                http://www.lib.unc.edu/reference/govinfo/census/printpdf.html

 

            Printing from the PDF Map Files (Census Bureau)

                                http://www.census.gov/geo/www/tiger/rd_2ktiger/pl_maps/pdfprint.html

 

 

 

HISTORICAL CENSUSES

 

 

Census History:

 

            Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000.

                        http://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/pol02-ma.pdf

                                                Census questionnaires, instructions to census takers, definition changes.

 

 

Questionnaires:

 

            Population & Housing Items on the General Schedule: 1790-2000 (UMich)

                        http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/censubj.pdf

 

            1790, 1840-2000 (Measuring America)

                        http://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/pol02-ma.pdf

 

            1800 (University of Michigan)

                        http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/pdf/1800cq.pdf

 

            1810 (University of Michigan)

                        http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/pdf/1810cq.pdf

 

            1820 (University of Michigan)

                        http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/pdf/1820cq.pdf

            1830 (University of Michigan)

                        http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/pdf/1830cq.pdf

 

 

Geography:

 

            Metropolitan Area Definitions, 1950-1999

                        http://www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/pastmetro.html

 

 

Bibliographies:

 

            Census catalog and guide, 1985- United States Bureau of the Census.

                        Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census : For sale by the

                        Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O.

                        http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/catalogs.html

                                    Documents/Serials Department: C 3.163/3:[yr.]

 

            Census Index, 1790-1990.

                        http://www.lib.ohio-state.edu/refweb/govdocs/census/aboutci.htm

 

                                    Indexes all census printed publications appearing in historic Census

                                                Bureau catalogs by term, title, abstract, decade, type of publication,

                                                SUDOCS number, Library of Congress call number, and Dubester

                                                Catalog number.

 

            Decennial Census Information at Columbia University Libraries.

                        http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/dsc/census/index.html

 

                                    For each individual Census year lists paper and printed reports; IPUMS,

                                                Historical Census Browser, and web links; reference tools; census schedules.

 

            Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census / Margo J. Anderson, editor.

                        Washington, DC : CQ Press, 2000. 448 p.

                                    Reference Department: Ready Ref HA 37 .U55 C66 2000

 

            Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000.

                        http://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/pol02-ma.pdf

                                    Documents/Serials Department: C 3.2: M 46/2/rev.

 

                                                Includes methodology and Census questionnaires.

 

            Population Information in Nineteen Century Census Volumes

                        by Suzanne Schulze. Phoenix, AZ : Oryx Press, 1983. 446 p.

                                    Reference Department: Z 7164 .D3 S44 1983

 

            Population Information in Twentieth Century Census Volumes, 1900-

                        1940    by Suzanne Schulze. Phoenix, AZ : Oryx Press, 1985. 274 p.

                                    Reference Department: Z 7164 .D3 S45 1985

 

 

Data Sources:

 

            U. S. Census of Population (1790-1970) Woodbridge, CT : Research Publications,

                        [1975?]

                                    Documents/Serials Department: Microfilm Cabinets

 

            . . .th Census of the United States: Population Washington, DC : U.S. Bureau of

                        the Census.  12th, 13th, and 16th.

                                    Documents/Serials Department: C 3.14:

 

            U. S. Census of Population [ and Housing] Washington, DC : U.S. Bureau of

                        the Census, 1950-1990. 

                                    Documents/Serials Department: C 3.223/[no.]:

 

            United States Historical Census Browser (1790-1960)

                        Guide: http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/census2/excel/hisbrow.pdf

                        Database: http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/census/

                                                Provides SELECTED tables for the United States, States, and Counties.

                                                Much more additional information available in the paper copy.

 

            Selected Historical Decennial Census Population and Housing Unit

                        Counts, 1790-1990 (HTML)

                        http://www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/hiscendata.html

                                                Also includes some historical counts on foreign born, home ownership and

                                                Poverty. Data for the US, regions, states, American Indian areas, and

                                                metropolitan areas.

 

            Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970

                        Washington : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census : for sale by the Supt. of

                        Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1975.

                                    Reference Department: Doc Ref C 3.134/2: H 62/970/pt.1-2                                  

 

            CD-ROM Titles for Sale by the Census Bureau, 1980-1990

                        http://www.census.gov/mp/www/rom/msrom.html#Decennial

 

 

1990 Data:

 

            American Factfinder (Summary Files 1 and 3 only; no block numbering on maps)

                        http://factfinder.census.gov/

 

 

            Census CD-ROM Lookup (Summary Files 1 and 3 only)

                        http://venus.census.gov/cdrom/lookup/

                        http://goldrush.berkeley.edu/GovData/info/

 

            Census of Population and Housing Printed Reports

                        PDF Copies of All Reports (Except Census Tracts):

                        http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/decenial.html

 

            Census Subject Summary Tape Files Description (University of

                        Minnesota)

                        http://govpubs.lib.umn.edu/census/90censusCD.phtml

 

            SSTF 1: Foreign Born

                        http://goldrush.berkeley.edu/GovData/info/SSTF1/

 

            SSTF 2: Ancestry

                        http://goldrush.berkeley.edu/GovData/info/SSTF2/

 

            SSTF 3: Hispanic

                        http://goldrush.berkeley.edu/GovData/info/SSTF3/

 

            SSTF 5: Asian

                        http://goldrush.berkeley.edu/GovData/info/SSTF5/

 

            Demographic Profile Generator

                        http://mcdc2.missouri.edu/websas/xtabs3v2.html

 

 

1990 Geography and Maps:

 

            American Factfinder

                        http://factfinder.census.gov/

                                                Reference maps to the block group level.

 

            Printed Maps in Documents Center

                        Tracts and block numbering areas maps for . . .

                                    Documents/Serials Department: C 3.223/11:1990 CPH-[nos.]/MAPS

                                                Alabama (outside Metropolitan Areas)

                                                Anniston, AL, MSA

                                                Birmingham, AL, MSA

                                                Dothan, AL, MSA

                                                Florence, AL, MSA

                                                Gadsden, AL, MSA

                                                Huntsville, AL, MSA

                                                Mobile, AL, MSA

                                                Montgomery, AL, MSA

                                                Tuscaloosa, AL, MSA

 

                        Official 1990 census tract maps all of Mobile County and City of Mobile

                                    Mobile, AL : Keith Map Service, 1992.

                                    Reference Department: G 3973 .M6 1992

 

 

Current Population Reports:

 

            Current Population Reports and Other Population Reports Index                                     (Ohio State)

                        http://www.lib.ohio-state.edu/refweb/govdocs/CPR/CPRindex.htm

 

            Population Characteristics: P-20

                        http://www.census.gov/ftp/pub/population/www/

                                    Documents/Serials Department: C 3.186:P-20/[no.]

 

            Special Studies: P-23

                        http://www.census.gov/ftp/pub/population/www/

                                    Documents/Serials Department: C 3.186:P-23/[no.]

 

            Population Estimates and Projections: P-25

                        http://www.census.gov/ftp/pub/population/www/

                                    Documents/Serials Department: C 3.186:P-25/[no.]

 

            Consumer Income: P-60

                        http://www.census.gov/ftp/pub/hhes/www/index.html

                                    Documents/Serials Department: C 3.186:P-60/[no.]

 

            Survey of Income and Program Participation: P-70

                        http://www.census.gov/ftp/pub/hhes/www/index.html

                                    Documents/Serials Department: C 3.186:P-70/[no.]

 

 

 

 

GETTING HELP

 

 

University of South Alabama:

 

            DOCUMENTS/SERIALS DEPARTMENT, University Library, 2nd-South.

                                http://www.southalabama.edu/univlib/info/docs.htm (251-460-7024) docref@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

 

                                                Collects all FDLP-available Census printed reports, CD-ROMs, and DVDs for

                                all 50 states.  May provide campus-wide seminars on Census data and workshops for

                                individual classes.

 

 

State of Alabama:

 

            ADECA: ALABAMA DEPARTMENT of ECONOMIC and COMMUNITY

            AFFAIRS, Communication and Information Division

                        http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/  (334)242-5100 dollieb@adeca.state.al.us

                                    Serves as the state’s affiliate agency for the U.S. Census Bureau’s State Data

                                Center    Program, interprets the Census data for state and local applications, provides

                                technical assistance and consultation to the Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic

                                Analysis, concerning federal and state data.

                        http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/content/cid/ci_census_related_data.aspx 

 

            ALABAMA STATE DATA CENTER, The Center for Business and Economic

            Research, University of Alabama

                                http://cber.cba.ua.edu/asdc.html (205) 348-6191 uacber@cba.ua.edu

                                                A network of 27 public agencies working together through a cooperative

                                agreement with the U.S. Bureau of the Census to facilitate use and delivery of Census

                                and other data to the public.

 

            SARPC: SOUTH ALABAMA REGIONAL PLANNING

                        http://www.sarpc.org/ (251) 433-6541

                                                Prepares economic reports and other related publications dealing with

                                Baldwin, Escambia, and Mobile counties.

 

            CENSUS STATE DATA CENTERS:  ALABAMA

                                http://www.census.gov/sdc/www/alsdc.html

                                                Legend at the bottom of the web site indications what types of Census

                        information and/or products are available at each location.

 

 

Nationally:

 

            CENSUS 2000 DATA PRODUCTS TECHNICAL SUPPORT

                                http://www.census.gov/support/cen2000.html

                                                Provides technical advise on using internet, CD/DVD/ and FTP products. Chat

                                reference available 10-Noon, and 2-4 p.m. EST on weekdays.

 

            CENSUS BUREAU TELEPHONE CONTACTS BY SUBJECT AREA

                                http://www.census.gov/contacts/www/contacts.html

 

            FEDERAL DEPOSITORY LIBRARIES

                                http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/locators/findlibs/index.html

 

            STATE DATA CENTERS

                                http://www.census.gov/sdc/www/

 

 

 

Documents/Serials Department, University of South Alabama

University Library, 2nd floor-South

docref@jaguar1.usouthal.edu   (251) 460-7024

Vickey L. Baggott / July 11, 2003 / last updated April 12, 2007

http://www.southalabama.edu/univlib/govdocs/