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MRKT 492 Consumer Behavior

Guide to library research from Amanda Terhes and Nikki Brown’s Marketing 492 Classes

Census Data

Census Bureau Home Page

This is the primary entry point to current and historical Census data for various topics (people and housing, business and industry, and several special topics) and by geography. News, quick facts, publications, and interactive maps are also available. Meant primarily for "power users" of data, or if you are looking for information from specific surveys; most people will elect to use American FactFinder and other aggregated sources of Census information.

  • There is a "Quick Facts" box in the middle of the page where you can easily pull basic data with a few clicks.Choose a state from the drop-down and take it from there!
  • Find information about and links to various Census and related surveys using the Topic or Geography drop-downs at the top of the page.
  • Quick links to data are listed at the bottom of the page.
  • To find or create downloadable tables and maps, use American Factfinder. 

 


Census data is also available in many other databases and publications. Here are some useful examples.

Product

Earliest date

Latest date

Smallest geography aggregated, when available

Mapping utility included?

Download formats

Notes

Statistical Abstract of the U.S. (Proquest)

recent

present

Most indicators national
Some by state

No

Data: Excel
Presentation format: PDF

This online version OSU only. Historic paper back to 1879: HA 202. 

Historic eds. online (freely available)

Historical Statistics of the United States

1790

2000

Most indicators national
Some by state

No

Data: Excel
Presentation format: PDF

This online version OSU only. Also in paper (colonial times to 1970: HA202 .B87 1976)

UVA Historical Census Browser

1790

1960

County

Yes

No, just HTML tables

Freely available. Not aggregated (ie, one survey at at time).

Simply Map

1980

present

Block Group

Yes

Data: Excel, CSV, PDF
Maps: GIF, PDF

Database for OSU use only. Can choose variables from multiple surveys; can compare data from different years in normalized 2000 or 2010 geographies (Includes marketing data from other sources, too)

American FactFinder

2000

present

Tract

No   

Data: CSV
Presentation format: PDF, Excel, RTF

Freely available. Can choose variables from multiple surveys including Economic Census, American Community Survey

Census FTP site

1960

present

Block (some files)

No

Data: ASCII fixed width, CSV, DBF, and others

Freely available. Selected raw Census data, some back to 1960s