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Using American FactFinder: Searching for Data through Advanced Search

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 Data through Advanced Search

1. Link to American Factfinder and select Advanced Search. Click on the Show Me All button.

2. The first page that appears allows users to search for a topic or table name in several categories, including: topic, race/ancestry, industry or occupation. Users can also enter the name of a state, county or place if they wish.

3. To use the search system, choose a general topic by clicking in the radio button next to the topics listed below the search boxes and enter a few letters of a word on that topic. A list of terms matching what is entered will be shown. Users can select from those terms or continue entering a term.

4. Once a topic has been entered or selected, enter the name of the State, County or place for which data is needed. If data is needed for another type of geography (Census Tracts, Blocks, Block Groups, Townships, etc.), use the Search Options on the left side of the page.