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General Information

Bureau of Economic Analysis Regional Facts (BEARFACTS)
BEARFACTS consists of computer-generated narratives for states, counties, and metropolitan statistical areas. The narratives describe an area's personal income using current estimates, growth rates, and a breakdown of the sources of personal income.

Census of Agriculture
Includes links to all censuses of Agriculture from 1840-2007. Current reports include state data, county data, Congressional district data, market value of ag products, and median farm size.

Explore Census Data is a platform to access data from the census. It includes the American Community Survey 1 and 5 year tables, Economic Census, decennial census, county business patterns, non-employer statistics, survey of business owners, and 113th Congressional district summary files. If you have difficulty connecting to the website, try the Explore Census Data advanced search.

New York State Census Affiliate Data Center Contact List
This list is provided by the New York State Data Center and links to many of the affiliates throughout the state.

New York State Census Information State Data Center
The Data Center provides downloadable and viewable files for population, migration and the current population survey, as well as economic and migration information for New York. Links are provided to PDF versions of the Census Bureau's publications which relate to New York.

Census of Population and Housing
This site includes scanned population statistics from the federal census from 1790-2000. In addition to the basic population censuses, there are links to special census bulletins covering topics such as census tracts, manufactures, mortality, religious bodies, and telephones.

Center for Urban Research
The CUNY Center for Urban Research created this census resource which includes interactive maps showing block-level race/ethnicity patterns in 2000 and 2010 in major US cities. 15 major urban regions are mapped (Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.). Block-level coverage for all of New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut is also available. Additional links lead to information from the New York Times, Long Island population change, redistricting implications, and more.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
From the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, the ICPSR maintains the world’s largest archive of digital social science data. More than 7,000 data collections are searchable by topic, series, geography, and investigator, and up to 500 new collections are added every year.

Missouri Census Data Center
The Missouri Census Data Center offers this great census resource. Numerous census and demographic based search engines and reports are available for users to view.

National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS)
The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2000.

Program on Applied Demographics
This New York State census resource is provided by Cornell University, and offers the latest information for the 2010 census.  This data can be sorted by county and school district.  This resource also provides census based reports and analysis.

Selected Historical Census Data: Population and Housing Counts
This includes population of states and counties 1790-1990, population in coastal counties 1960-1980, population and housing counts 1790-1990, population of the 100 largest cities 1790-1990, and historical census statistics on the foreign born population 1850-1990. Click on the More link under the latest year to see full list of historical census publications.

Statistical Abstracts
Statistical Abstract data ranges from the Census Bureau's most recent edition to the historical abstracts compiled throughout the decades. Some of the data were scanned as an effort to make historical abstract information available to the public.

U.S. Census Bureau
Contains a wide variety of economic, population, agricultural, housing and other data. Many files are available in Adobe Acrobat format, including scanned decennial censuses.

Census 2020

Census 2020 Resources
By April 1, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will have sent out invitations to participate in the 2020 Census, in an effort to count every person living in the United States. The Division of Library Development's web page includes sites about complete count information; resources from the U.S. Census Bureau, ALA, and NYLA; publications and reports; promotional materials; webinars; resources for educators and partners; and information on newsletters and e-mail lists.

Regional Planning Boards

These boards provide a wide variety of area specific data.

Capital District Regional Planning Commission

Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board

Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development

Erie County Department of Environment and Planning

Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council

Lake Champlain/Lake George Regional Planning Board

New York City Department of City Planning now

St. Lawrence County Planning

Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board

Southern Tier West Regional Planning Board

Ulster County Planning Board

Last Updated: January 20, 2022