About the Census

Information about how to research and cite Census data.

Fast Facts!

Supplemental Information

Other Censuses: Everything Counts

Every five years, the Census Bureau collects data about business activity in order to better understand the American economy. Nearly 4 million businesses of various sizes, across most industries and all geographic areas of the U.S., receive surveys tailored to their primary business activity. Learn more here!

This yearly survey helps local officials, community leaders, and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities. It is a main source for detailed population and housing information. Learn more here!

Every five years, a survey is taken that details all commodities produced in the U.S. as well as detailed information on expenses, income, and operator characteristics. Learn more here!

Archived Census Webinars

Publications and Records

Publications released that relate to census data collected from 1790 to 2010 are available on the old Census website here.

Publications released post-June 2014 are on the new Census website here.

The records of the U.S. census are kept confidential for 72 years until they are released by the National Archives. 

Records from unreleased censuses can only be obtained by the person named in the record or their heir after submitting form BC-600 or BC-600sp (Spanish).

The National Archives Website currently has access to the 1940 census records.