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History of the Census

These sources provide insight into how the Census has changed over time 

Resources for Historical Census Data 

  • Social Explorer  Contains data from the first Census in 1790 to the present day. Allows users to create maps of population or specific demographic variables by location, as well as reports. It is important to remember that it can be difficult to map demographic data over time, since the questions asked and methods used have not remained consistent.
  • Historical Census Volumes: Census of Population and Housing 1790- The Census Bureau has digitized the historical print volumes and made them available in PDF.
  • NHGIS The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS), produced by the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota provides free access to historical Census information. Note: this resource requires user registration, but registration is free and immediate.
  • ICPSR  Provides a variety of studies and downloadable data from the Census  ICPSR is accessible through Databases link on the library website.

Census Special Reports

City and County Data books 

Indiana University County & city data book - virtualized cd-rom floppy disk library (1988, 1994, 2000)
https://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/virtual_disk_library/index.cgi/4191241

County and City Data Book 2000 (PDF)
https://www.census.gov/library/publications/2001/compendia/ccdb00.html

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book: 2006 (PDF and csv)
https://www.census.gov/library/publications/2006/compendia/smadb06.html

Census Data Books 2007 and 2010 (PDFs and csv) [2010-State and Metro, 2007-County and City]
https://www.census.gov/library/publications/2010/compendia/databooks.html

HathiTrust
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000070752