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Using American FactFinder: Searching Community Facts

This guide provides information on using American FactFinder to find, retrieve and map Census data. It includes information on the various types of data available through American FactFinder based on surveys done by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Searching for Community Facts

1. Link to American Factfinder.

2. Several options are offered, including a Community Facts option that contains a search box. This option can be used if seeking quick facts or data about a community or area, such as population, income, American Community Survey and Economic Census data.

3. Enter the name of the place of interest in the search box. A list of options might appear as text is entered. Select the option that describes your need or finish entering the place name and click Go. The total population for the area and a brief list of common data tables will appear. Other, less frequently requested, data options will be listed along the left side of the page. To view one of the popular tables, click on the name of the table. That table will be shown.

4. To view data on one of the other themes listed on the left side of the page (Age; Business & Industry; Education; Governments; Housing; Income; Origins & Language; Poverty; Race and Hispanic Origin or Veterans), click on that entry. The page will display a quick summary of data about that topic, a list of popular tables on the topic or offer users the option to connect to the Guided Search or Quick Facts pages. The Quick Facts option links to the Census Bureau’s Quick Facts page. The Guided Search option provides step-by-step access to Census data.