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"What are the best sources for demographic information?"

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An excellent starting point for demographic information is the web site for the U.S. Census Bureau. The easiest way to electronically search for Census data is to use American FactFinder, which lets you browse and search for data from many Census sources, including the 2000 Census and the 2002 Economic Census. Statistical Abstract of the United States (online), published by the Census 1878-2012 and by ProQuest 2013- present, compiles Census data into easy-to-read tables.

 

American Demographics, available via Business Source Complete, is a monthly publication that provides demographic and statistical information.

 

SimplyMap and Social Explorer are web-based mapping databases that let you create thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data for the United States. They include data from government agencies and SimplyMap also has data from private market research firms.

 

The Library maintains several print resources that provide specialized demographic data: