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Government Information: Census: U.S. Census Bureau

This guide provides census resources from the federal government, with an emphasis on serving the Texas State University community.

U.S. Census Bureau

Data Collections

The Census Bureau routinely collects the following data (from

  • Decennial Census of Population and Housing The U.S. census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years.  Decennial census records are confidential for 72 years.
  • Economic Census The Economic Census is the U.S. Government's official five-year measure of American business and the economy.
  • Census of Governments  Identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local government sector including public finance and public employment and classifications.
  • American Community Survey (ACS)  The American Community Survey (ACS) is a mandatory, ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population every year.
  • Economic Indicators The Census Bureau releases fourteen different reports on key economic indicators. Each indicator is released on a specific schedule.

Online Census Resources & Tools

Print Census Resources

Often, the print publications by the Census Bureau are more user-friendly than the online products.  Here are some of the more useful Census publications:

Resources about the Census