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Research Guides


Census Data

The US Census is the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. They collect data through the Decennial Census of Population and HousingEconomic Census, Census of Governments, American Community Survey and other programs.

Historical Census Data


State & County QuickFacts - Basic statistics for all states, counties and cities over 25,000 based on latest data available

Data Books - State and Local Areas (U.S. Census Bureau) - National Data Book - Online access to the data provided by the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book and County and City Data Book

StatsAmerica - StatsAmerica provides actionable data for economic analysis to use in developing metrics, grant writing and strategic planning.


·  Social Explorer

(TAMU only) - Social Explorer provides easy access to demographic information about the United States from 1790 to the present.

·  Decennial Census of Population, 1790-2020 (U.S. Census Bureau)

·  Missouri Census Data Center

Uexplore/Dexter software - has some Decennial Census Data for 2010, 2000, 1990, and 1980


·  Statistical Abstracts 1878-2012

Available in PDF format.

·  Measuring America: the Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000

·  2000 Census

·  1990 Census


US Public Use Microdata

Census Microdata Overview describes the various public use microdata (PUMS) products that are companions to the population and housing summary files produced either from Census 2000 or from the American Community Survey (ACS). This page gives information meant to be helpful in making the decision about which product to use.

Additional assistance (and data access) is provided through the Census Research Data Center for individuals with longer term research projects (as access does necessitate proposals and approvals).