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SpatialNews.com - U.S. Census 2000

United States Census Data FAQ

A. When will data from the census be available?

For data products required by law [Title 13, United States Code], we will deliver the products on or before the specified dates. These data products include delivery of the state population counts to the President within nine months of Census Day (on or before December 31, 2000). These counts are used to reapportion the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Under the Voting Rights Act, the Census Bureau is required to provide the states with race and ethnic data for small geographic areas to be used for the redistricting process specified in P.L. 94-171 by April 1, 2001.  After discussing and consulting with stakeholders and advisors, including the Department of Justice, the Census Bureau has decided to meet the needs of redistricting by providing the sixty-three categories of race in combination with Hispanic/Latino categories tabulated for both total population and people of eigteen years of age or over.

Other products will be released on a flow basis from June, 2001, through September, 2003.

B. How will data from Census 2000 be made available?

Census 2000 data will be disseminated mainly using a new data retrieval system called the American FactFinder (AFF). Census 2000 data products will be available on a flow basis beginning January 2001. The American FactFinder will be accessible to the widest possible array of users through the Internet, through intermediaries, including the nearly 1,800 State Data Centers and affiliates, the 1,400 Federal Depository libraries and other libraries, universities, and private organizations.

The American FactFinder will find and retrieve the information needed at the geography of choice from some of the largest census databases. The American FactFinder is accessible directly from the Census Bureau's new website.

Census 2000 will offer five categories of products:

             Profiles
                    Demographic Profiles for both 100 percent and sample data
                    (AFF; CD-ROM; print); and Congressional District Profiles, for
                    both 100 percent and sample data( AFF; CD-ROM; print by special request).

             Printed Reports
                    Demographic Profiles and Table Shells (AFF; CD-ROM; print)
                    Populations Totals (AFF, CD-ROM, print by special request).

             Electronic Files
                    Redistricting Data Public Law 94-171 Summary File (AFF; CD-ROM;
                    print by special request); 100 percent Summary File (AFF; CD-ROM;)
                    Sample Summary File (AFF; CD-ROM)
                    Congressional District Summary Files (AFF: CD-ROM)

                    Quick Tables and Geographic Summary Tables
                    (AFF; some CD-ROM; some in print).

             Microdata Files
                    Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) 5% File (AFF; CD-ROM)
                    Full microdata tabulations (AFF).
 
Finding Traditional 1990 Census Products in Census 2000
1990 Title Description 2000
Population and 
Housing Unit Counts
CPH-2 Reports Historical population and housing totals with boundary and annexation information  Printed Reports
Population and Housing Characteristics for Census Tracts and Block Numbering CPH-3 Reports Both 100 percent and sample population and housing data published for each MSA/PMSA portion of each state American FactFinder Summary Files & Quick Tables
Census of Population and Census of Housing Reports for Metropolitan Areas and Urbanized Areas CP-1, 

CP-2 

CH-1, 

CH-2

Population and housing for metro and urban areas Printed Reports & Quick Tables
Subject Summary Tape Files and Subject Reports SSTS 

CP-3 

CH-3

Includes electronic files and some corresponding reports covering specific populations and housing subjects and subgroups American FactFinder 
custom cross-tabulations
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Basic EEO File Tabulations for detailed occupations, educational attainment, age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin Census Bureau analysts working with federal agencies through reimbursable tabulation agreements
County-to-County Migration File County-to-County Migration File A reimbursable product preceded the release of the standard product Census Bureau analysts working with reimbursable tabulations agreements
Zip Code File STF3B Census Bureau purchased equivalency ZIP Code file to produce STF3 American FactFinder

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