New and Improved American FactFinder


The folks here in the Government Information library are excited to introduce the new and improved American FactFinder website! This user-friendly interface makes it easy to search for statistical information from the US Census Bureau.

What’s New?

There are now three different methods for finding data.

Option 1: Community Facts

Type in your community (city & state or zip code) and get quick facts about population, age, industry, education, housing, income, origins and language, poverty and wellness

Option 2: Guided Search

This step-by-step guided search allows the user to search for data from different categories like Geographies, Race/Ethnic Group and Topics. To create a map, select “census tract” in “geography”, click on “Create Map” above the table and select the data point of interest.

Option #3: Advanced Search

The advanced search option is the traditional search interface for American FactFinder with the addition of EEO Occupation Codes. The advanced search is useful for those researchers who were familiar with the original interface.

Median home values for each census tract in Boulder, County from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates

Median home values for each census tract in Boulder, County from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates. Example of a map from American FactFinder

What can American FactFinder do for you?

American FactFinder is a FREE service of the US Census Bureau that provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas from several censuses and surveys. It pulls data from the following sources:

  • The American Community Survey: The ACS provides a recent snapshot of demographic changes in larger communities. The ACS collects data in the following order: 1 year estimates for geographic areas with a population over 65,000, 3 year estimates for geographic areas with a population of 20,000, and 5 year estimates for small geographic areas (starting in 2010)
  • American Housing Survey:  The American Housing Survey is conducted biennially during odd-numbered years. It provides data on home vacancies, physical condition of units, indicators of housing and neighborhood quality, home values and more…
  • Annual Economic Survey: The US Census Bureau conducts more than 100 economic surveys from different sectors of the economy throughout the year. This provides the user with data on payroll, employment, inventories, value of shipments, industry statistics by geographic location and more…
  • Decennial Census: This is  the traditional  census as defined in Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States. American Fact Finder provides statistics from the 2010 census.
  • Economic Census: The US Economic Census is conducted every 5 years in years ending in ‘2’ and ‘7’ and measures business activity during that time period. It collects separate data from each type of business or “establishment” and includes detailed data for each industry and geographic area.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Tabulation: The EEO Tabulation is a custom tabulation of data from the American Community Survey that measures the effects of/compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity laws. It compares race, ethnicity, and sex composition of an organization’s internal workforce within a specified geography and occupation.
  • Population Estimates Program: Every year the Census Bureau produces estimates of the population of the United States based on current data on births, deaths, and migration changes. These estimates are used in federal funding allocations.
  • Puerto Rico Community Survey: Much like the decennial census, the PRCS collects information on age, race, income, home value etc… Single year estimates are produced for geographic areas with a population over 65,000 and three year estimates are produced for geographic areas with a population of 20,000 or more.

If you have any questions about using American Fact Finder for your research, please contact the Government Information Library at


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