U.S. Department of Commerce

Data Access Tools

Interactive Internet Data Tools

  • Data Visualization Gallery - A weekly exploration of Census data used to promote visualization and make data accessible to a broader audience.
  • 2010 Census Interactive Population Map - Use this tool to explore 2010 Census statistics down to the block level, compare your community with others, and embed charts on your web site.
  • The American FactFinder - This interactive application provides statistics from the Economic Census, the American Community Survey, and the 2010 Census, among others.
  • QuickFacts - State and County QuickFacts provides frequently requested Census Bureau information at the national, state, county, and city level.
  • Easy Stats - quick and easy access to selected statistics collected by the U.S. Census Bureau through the American Community Survey.
  • County Business & Demographics Map - use this interactive map to explore Census data through a mashup of population and economic data.
  • Economic Database Search and Trend Charts - Easy access to Economic Statistics using drop-down menus. Create tables in ASCII text and spreadsheet format. Display customizable dynamic charts.
  • Glossary - Simple definitions of key Census Bureau terms.
  • Censtats - Applications available include: Census Tract Street Locator, County Business Patterns, Zip Business Patterns, International Trade Data, and more.
  • Online Mapping Tools - using TIGER and the American FactFinder
  • US Gazetteer - Place name, and ZIP code search engine.
  • Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) - This tool shows tabulations on establishments, firms, and employment with unique information on firm age and firm size.
    Visualization Tools - Visualize BDS data across multiple dimensions:
    • Geographic – Thematic Map
    • Cross Sectional – Bar Charts
    • Time – Time Series
  • DataFerrett is a tool and data librarian that searches and retrieves data across federal, state, and local surveys, executes customized variable recoding, creates complex tabulations and business graphics. Current Population Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation, American Community Survey, American Housing Survey, Small Area Income Poverty Estimates, Population Estimates, Economic Census Areawide Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics data, Centers for Disease Control data, and more.

    DataFerrett’s newest tool, the Community Economic Development HotReport provides community and business leaders speedy access to information on counties and the Employment & Training Administration’s Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) areas across the U.S.

  • The Local Employment Dynamics partnership offers a variety of data tools including the following:
    • QWI Online: Select and find out about NAICS-based or SIC-based Quarterly Workforce Indicators by state, geographic grouping, industry, year and quarter, sex, age group, and ownership.
    • OnTheMap: This tool shows where workers are employed and where they live through an interactive and geographically flexible mapping interface. The maps, charts, and reports also provide detailed worker characteristics such as age, earnings, NAICS industry sector, as well as information on race, ethnicity, and educational attainment.
    • Industry Focus: This tool lets you determine the top industries for your local area and your local workers, focus on a particular industry to see how it ranks among top industries, and also look at the characteristics of those who work in that industry.
  • Census 2000 EEO Data Tool - Using the web-based tool, you can select tabulations for various levels of geography based on residence or workplace. The data estimates available present information for various occupation groupings by race and ethnicity and sex.

Research Data Centers

  • Secure Census Bureau Research Data Centers across the country offer qualified researchers with approved projects the opportunity to perform statistical analysis on selected internal microdata from the Census Bureau and other statistical agencies.

Software to Download

  • Extract Software - General purpose data display and extraction tool that works with Census Bureau CD-ROMs recorded in dBASE format - (for: IBM-PC's and compatibles with CD-ROM player)
  • VPLX Software - Variance Estimation for Complex Samples (for IBM-PC's and compatibles and UNIX [Sun/Solaris])
  • CSPro (Census and Survey Processing System) is a public-domain software package for entering, tabulating and mapping census and survey data.
  • IMPS software - The Integrated Microcomputer Processing System (IMPS) software performs the major tasks of census and survey processing.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Application Services Division | asd.internet.staff@census.gov | Last Revised: December 11, 2013