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U.S. Government Documents: Decennial Census

General Information

Since the late 18th century, the United States Government has carried out a counting of its people and measured social and economic factors of its national life in the Decennial Census and other related censuses and surveys. At the beginning of the 21st century, social scientists rely on a treasure trove of data which has been gathered over the years by the U.S. Census for details of their population and national life.

Online Resources:

U. S. Census Bureau

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (Princeton University faculty, students, and staff only)

Statistical Abstract of the United States


    Reference material in print:

    • Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census (DR, Trustee Reading Room Reference) HA37.U55 C66 2000
    • Geographic Areas Reference Manual, 1994 (Firestone Stacks) HA214 .U68 1994
    • Guide to 1980 U.S. decennial census publications : detailed abstracts and indexes derived from the American statistics index (Recap and SPR) HA202.G84
    • Guide to 1990 U.S. decennial census publications : detailed abstracts and indexes derived from the American statistics index : publications issued through March 1996. (Recap and SPR) HA201. 1990as
    • Population information in nineteenth century census volumes (DR, Trustee Reading Room Reference and SPR) Z7164.D3 S44 1983
    • Population information in twentieth century census volumes, 1900-1940 (DR, Trustee Reading Room Reference and SPR) Z7164.D3 S45 1985
    • Population information in twentieth century census volumes, 1950-1980 (DR, Trustee Reading Room Reference and SPR) Z7164.D3 S46 1988


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