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Census Statistics: Social Explorer

Guidance on finding census statistics, especially in American Factfinder and Social Explorer.

Using Social Explorer

Social Explorer  (will open in another window)  (GALILEO)

Includes recent Census surveys as well as historical Censuses (1790- )

Click Maps & Tables and select one of two ways to use Social Explorer:

Maps or Explore Map lets you easily create maps of specific census statistics.  

Tables lets you retrieve more detailed tables containing various groupings of statistics.  How to use:  Select a dataset to query and follow the steps.   The list of topics, datasets, and suggested search keywords below might be helpful.

ancestry  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  : ancestry
children in poverty  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword : children poverty
college housing/dormitory population  Use latest Decennial Census. Search by Keyword : group quarters
college graduates  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  : educational attainment
correctional institution population Use latest Decennial Census. Search by Keyword : group quarters
emergency/transitional shelter population (total count of homeless population not available)  Use latest Decennial Census. Restrict to Summary File 1. Search by Keyword : group quarters type
English ability  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  :  english
families Use latest Decennial Census. Search by Keyword : families  Alternative: Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword : household type
foreign-born population  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  : foreign  alternative : nativity
grandparents & grandchildren  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword : grandparents  Alternative for grandchildren : Use latest Decennial Census. Search by Keyword : relationship
high school graduates  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  : educational attainment
Hispanic / Latino population  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset or Decennial Census. Search by Keyword : hispanic  
homes - single detached, duplexes, mobile  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  :  units structure (duplex = 2 units in structure)
housing characteristics : age, costs, bedrooms, facilities   Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keywords  :   year built ; costs ; bedrooms ; facilities
income by sex of workers  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keywords  : income work sex
industry of workers  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  : industry
marital status  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  : marital
movers (past year)   Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  : residence
non-family households   Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset or Decennial Census. Search by Keyword  : non-family  (or nonfamily)
nursing facility population  Use latest Decennial Census. Search by Keyword : group quarters
occupation of workers  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  : occupation; or detailed occupation to find a table containing data for the full list of occupations used in detailed EEO tabulations.
older population  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset or Decennial Census.  Search by Keyword : age  (tables often include older age ranges). Also search by Keyword : 65
owner occupied housing units  Use latest Decennial Census or American Community Survey 5 year dataset .  Search by keyword : tenure   To find total number of persons living in owner occupied homes : population tenure
place of work (i.e., county or town)   Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  :  place work
poverty status   Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  :  poverty
religious affiliation   Use latest Religion (InfoGroup data) dataset.  Select broad table categories and look in table for individual denominations or Search by Keyword for individual denominations, e.g., Baptist.  NOTE: These data do not come from the Census Bureau.
renter occupied housing units  Use latest Decennial Census or American Community Survey 5 year dataset.  Search by keyword : tenure   To find total number of persons living in rental units : population tenure
same sex partner households  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword : partner  (At present the Census Bureau groups this demographic with "unmarried partner" households.)
school enrollment and dropouts (i.e., not high school graduate, not enrolled)   Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  : school
single-parent families   Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  : household type 18
Spanish speakers  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  : language
travel time to work   Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  :  travel
unmarried partner households  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  : partner
year moved into house  Use latest American Community Survey 5 year dataset. Search by Keyword  : moved

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