American FactFinder (AFF) is Census.gov's primary vehicle for disseminating Census data. It allows searching and browsing for all kinds of information on geographic areas from the smallest units (blocks) to the largest (the nation). AFF contains information from the most recent and second-most-recent decennial Censuses, plus recent data from the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, and other surveys.
AFF is set up so that information can be found using many different pathways. The steps below, and in the tabs above, will show you how to use one of the most straightforward methods for finding Census Tract data: the Guided Search option.
Some quick tips for Guided Search:
There are two ways to choose racial or ethnic data as a topic for searching. It's important to choose the correct method, depending upon whether you want to see data only for a particular group or groups, or if you want to see this data in addition to totals for your Tract.
Option 1: if you want total figures for your Tract
Option 2: if you want data only for one or more racial/ethnic groups, if you want to focus on a particular race or ethnic group, or if you want more detailed information on the group, choose this option.
REMEMBER: if you choose a racial/ethnic category using tab #4 Race/Ethnic Groups, the tables that show up in Search Results will be limited to the group(s) you choose. For example, if you had chosen Educational Attainment and then chose Hispanic or Latino from tab #4, your results would only show tables that give Educational Attainment among Hispanics in your selected area, plus general population totals.
This guide was originally developed by retired librarian Kathy Amen.