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Census Information in the Library

describes the Library's collection of Census material in print, microfiche and CD/DVD

The Library's Collection

NOTE that the Library ceased receiving new tangible government documents in Spring, 2016, and withdrew large numbers of tangible documents during the previous year.

2010 Census information

2010 CensusThe Library will not be receiving many printed reports from the 2010 Census, but the we may eventually receive some volumes, particularly for Texas. 

textThe only series of reports currently in the Library in paper is the Population & Housing Unit Counts (C 3.223/5:2010 .) There is a volume for each state, and they contain very basic demographic information.

2000 Census information

The most recent Census for which significant printed data is available is the 2000 Census. This box lists the Census 2000 tangible material in the Library. All of the materials may be checked out by St. Mary's students, faculty, and staff. CDs/DVDs must be requested at the Circulation Counter; print materials are in the open documents stacks on the Library's 2nd floor. If you are not a member of the St. Mary's community and need to use any of these items, you are welcome to do so in the Library.

The data from the 2000 Census is all available online as well as in the Library. Consult this Census 2000 Gateway at PDF exact copies of the printed reports listed below, as well as many more, and for many other years, are available here. online

Major series are listed first, followed by other publications in alphabetical order.

textPopulation and Housing Unit Counts. C 3.223/5: . These volumes, one for each state plus a national summary volume and one for Puerto Rico, give basic number counts for states, counties and places. Several tables present historical comparison data, and there are special features such as population density maps. Information is from 100% questionnaires.

textSummary Population and Housing Characteristics. C 2.223/18: . Another series with volumes for states, Puerto Rico and a summary volume, this one gives more detailed information from the 100% census questions (basic data such as age, race, etc.).

textSummary Social, Economic and Housing Characteristics. C 3.223/23: . This is the only report series we have in print with data from the sample questions, which cover a broad range of social and economic topics such as income, education level, etc. Volumes for states, Puerto Rico and a national summary volume.

DVDSummary File 1. C 3.275:F 48/DVD. This file contains 286 detailed tables focusing on age, sex, households, families, and housing units, obtained from 100% questionnaires. More information on the file, and downloading options, are available from

DVD Summary File 2. C 3.282/2-3:2000. This file contains 47 detailed tables focusing on age, sex, households, families, and occupied housing units for the total population. More information on the file, and downloading options, are available from online

DVD Summary File 3. C 3.282/2:2000, NAT 1. This file contains 813 detailed tables of Census 2000 social, economic and housing characteristics obtained from sample questionnaires. More information on the file, and downloading options, are available from online

DVD Summary File 4. C 3.282/2-3:2000. These DVDs contain all the sample data from the Census, in 213 population tables and 110 housing tables. More information on the file, and downloading capabilities, are available from online

Characteristics of American Indians and Alaska Natives by Tribe and Language. C 2.223/28: . Two volumes of data on these special groups.

DVD Race and Hispanic or Latino Summary File. C 3.375:R 11/CD. Contains simple counts by race and Hispanic origin for a variety of geographic areas, down to Census places. We also have a Modified Race Data Summary File (C 3,275:R 11/2/CD) which modifies the race information to reconcile it with updated categories used by administrative agencies.

DVD Re-districting Data (P.L. 94-171) Summary File. C 3.275:R 24/DVD. TIGER geographic information to be used in Congressional re-districting by the states. The plotting software needed to view the maps is not on the DVD or on computers in the Library. See the file README.TXT on the DVD for details.

American Indian Area/Alaska Native Area/Hawaiian Home Land. C 3.275:AM 3. Maps that illustrate boundaries and numbers of these special geographic areas.

DVD Census 2000 Block Maps. C 3.275:B 62/ . Maps that illustrate Census Block boundaries, along with numbers and associated named features. There are 6 DVDs, each covering a region of the country. 

DVDCensus Tract Outline Maps (PDF files). C 3.275:M 32/DVD. Maps that illustrate the boundaries and names of Census Tracts and associated named features.

GODORT GITCO's Census 2000 Toolkit has a section on DVDs and CDs which lists the available products and provides links to guides and tutorials on their use.

Daniel Cornwall, at the Alaska State Library, developed this useful set of guides to using Census 2000 data. While some of the information is specific to this Census, much of his analysis and explanation is more generally useful. Note that the documents are PDFs without working links.