Demographics

Demographic information describes social and economic characteristics of a defined population. This module focuses on populations within the United States. For those users coming to the site on their own (not part of a training session), check out the Step-by-Step through the Demographics Module page.

The United States Census Bureau produces the largest amount of demographic data about American populations. Because of this the Census site can be seen as a complicated path through various databases and publications. The guides below provide overviews of the Census Bureau and its main resources. 

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American FactFinder Guide

 Document / Last Modified: 26 March 2013

This handout provides basic information about the Census Bureau's American Factfinder database.

Understanding Statistics

 Document / Last Modified: 26 January 2012

This handout provides a background into how and why statistics are collected.

UNdata

 Document / Last Modified: 26 January 2012

This is a guide to the UNdata site, which information on demographics and other resources from UN affiliated organizations.