Criminal Justice: Census

Subject guide for Criminal Justice

What is the US Census?

The US Census Bureau is responsible for collecting and providing access to data about the people and economy of the United States.  The original Census in 1790 was used to count the population for represenative purposes as outline in the Consitution.  Now the Census Burea has evolved and includes information on population, housing, education, the economy, business and much more.

US Census produces a variety of reports:
Decennial Census (every 10 years)
American Community Survey (ongoing)
US Economic Census (every 5 years)
Current Population Survey, Bureau of Labor,
Plus many specialized reports

 

American Fact Finder: Search Engine for the Census

American Fact Finder  An index of data provided by the US Census Bureau, including population, ethnic, divorce, economic, poverty, and migration statistics, as well as the procedures to access the data. American Fact Finder includes data from the Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Puerto Rico Community Survey, Economic Census, and the Population Estimates program.

What American Fact Finder is used for:
     An attempt to simplfy the search process
     Assists users with finding and combining files
     Offers the ability to download files and create maps from these files   

Getting Help
     See the HELP link in the upper right hand corner
     Also: Click on FAQ (in the upper right hand corner) for questions & answers.

Major Sections Within American Fact Finder

  • Community Facts
    Quick look-up of demographics and Economic Census
  • Guided Search
    Step-by-step 1-6
    Topics > Geographies > Race/Ethnic Groups >Search Results > View Table and Produce Map
  • Advanced Search
    Similar to previous American Fact Finder
    Especially useful when you already know the table number you would like to work with.

Searching American Fact Finder Using Community Facts

Sample Search in American Fact Finder:
Sample Search:
Explore the demographic information quickly available on a community: Fullerton

1. Start: Click on Community Facts and enter Fullerton, CA and press GO

2. Popular Tables for this geography (city)
    2010 Census
              Population, Age, Sex, Race, Households and Housing ...
      American Community Survey
              Education, Marital Status, Relationships, Fertility, Grandparents ...
              Income, Employment, Occupation, Commuting to Work ...
              Occupancy and Structure, Housing Value and Costs, Utilities ...
              Sex and Age, Race, Hispanic Origin, Housing Units ...
      Population Estimates Program
               Annual Population Estimates ...
      Economic Census
               Number of Establishments, Annual Payroll, Number of Employees ...

   3. Table Viewer
       Modify (rearrange and delete or sort)
       Bookmark (create URL to return to or save query, might be unreliable)
       Print (as a pdf file)
       Download (PDF, Excel, Rich Text)
       Create a Map (will be greyed out if you do not have minimum requirements)
           Select a data value to map (click on a number in chart)

Searching American Fact Finder using Guided Search

Sample Search in American Fact Finder: Experiment with the sample search below to get some quick results.

Sample Search:
Compare educational attainment of Blacks in Fullerton, Brea, Anaheim,

1. Start
    Click on Guided Search and Get me Started

2. Topics
     Choose: I'm looking for information about people and click on next
     Topic(s) your'e interest in: Educational Attainment and click on next

3. Geographies
    Select Geographic Type
     State, County, or Place Brea, California, click on... Add to Your Selections
     State, County, or Place Fullerton, California, click on... Add to Your Selections
     State, County, or Place Anaheim, California, click on... Add to Your Selections
     Click on Next

4.  Race/Ethic Groups
     To add in race to your results...
     Select From Face/Ethnic Groups
     Click on 004 Black or African alone, click on Next

5. Search Results
    Click table of most interest, such as Educational Attainment

6. Table Viewer
     Modify (rearrange and delete or sort)
    Bookmark (create URL to return to or save query, might be unreliable)
    Print (as a pdf file)
    Download (PDF, Excel, Rich Text)
    Create a Map (will be greyed out if you do not have minimum requirements)
           Select a data value to map (click on a number in chart)
           It is possible to change colors, lables, text and more.

Help on Tables and Maps from the Census