Tag Archives: U.S. Census

Economic Census at your fingertips

Looking for information from the Economic Census?  Taken by the U.S. Census Bureau every five years, the Economic Census provides a detailed statistical profile of a large segment of the national economy, including quarterly financial reports for different industries, data on home ownership and sales, and much more.  You can find information directly at the U.S. Economic Census websitehttp://www.census.gov/econ, or you can view a table of economic census holdings here at Columbia University Libraries.

American FactFinder

affNeed a place to start when looking for Census data?  American FactFinder (http://factfinder.census.gov) is an online data source for population, housing, economy and geography from the following data programs: 

  • Decennial Census
  • American Community Survey
  • Current Population Estimates
  • Economic Census
  • Annual Economic Surveys

American FactFinder is your source for population, housing, economic and geographic data for the United States!  Can’t find what you need?  Contact the librarian:  journalism@libraries.cul.columbia.edu.

2010 Census – be counted!


The Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years.  The 2010 Census will help communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds for things like hospitals, schools, bridges, tunnels, senior centers, and much more!  The data collected by the census also help determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.  And researchers, such as yourselves, use this data to analyze socio-demographic indicators.

Before March is over, the post office will be delivering a Census form to every household in the U.S.  

  • 10 Questions in 10 Minutes!  That’s how long it takes!
  • Who Gets Counted?  Everyone!  Citizens and non-citizens
  • What Do I Need to Do?  Complete the form and mail it back!

If you have questions about your participation, the form, or the importance of the Census, the answers are at the Census Bureau’s 2010 Census web site, http://2010.census.gov/2010census/


Statistical Treats for Halloween from the U.S. Census

Did you know that in 2008 Illinois led the country by producing 496 million pounds of pumpkins?  Looking for Halloween-related statistics for an upcoming feature article?  Check out these treats from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts for Features & Special Editions.  Trick or Treat!

Database Spotlight: Social Explorer

New to Columbia University Libraries is Social Explorer – a database product that helps to visually analyze and understand the demographics of the United States through the use of interactive maps and data reports.

Try it now! Bookmark it at this link:


Historical Census Data

Looking for historical U.S. Census data? Check out the following links!

Thank you to Professor Chip Scanlan for asking this question during Orientation!

Immigration Information

If you are interested in immigration reporting, what follows is a selective list of places to begin your search for background information, statistics, and articles. Note: Some sources have NYC-specific information, while others are more general in nature.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign-Born Population page links you to reports and data tables which show numbers of immigrants by country of origin, period of entry, and citizenship status, and many other demographic characteristics. The data on this site does not go down to the metropolitan area level, so is better for getting a picture of immigration to the U.S. as a whole.

The database Infoshare Online (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates) includes immigration numbers from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (now known as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)). Infoshare enables you to retrieve immigration data from 1988 through 2002, including trend data, at geographic levels including neighborhood, community district, ZIP code, or borough.

Interested in estimates of the numbers of undocumented immigrants? A Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report for Congress, “Unauthorized Aliens in the United States: Estimates Since 1986″, uses data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, and is periodically updated.

The Urban Institute, an economic and social policy research organization, has published many reports on immigration-related topics, including the January 2004 report, “Undocumented Immigrants: Facts and Figures.”

Two New York-based publications which publish often on immigration issues are the Gotham Gazette (link displays most recent article, links to topic archives, and also links to useful websites), and City Limits (on left side of screen, use pull-down “Topics” list to select Immigration).

Finally, for an introduction to library resources on population, migration, and refugee studies, use this helpful subject guide from my colleagues at Lehman Library. The guide lists both print and electronic sources for these topics.