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  • I’m Nora Rackley and I’m the Reference/Instruction Librarian at LSCC. I have also been responsible for Government Documents for two years. I’m going to go over the information products that can be found on the Census Bureau and American Fact Finder Web Sites. The Census Bureau and American Fact Finder web sites are very useful for finding statistical information from Census products. First I’m going to give you a little overview of the web sites and their content through this Powerpoint presentation and then we are going to look at the actual sites and do some hands on activities so that you can familiarize yourself with the products.
  • The Census Bureau is under the United States Dept. of Commerce. Their main mission is to collect and provide timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States.
  • In addition to providing information about Census 2000, the page provides three main areas of statistical information. Information about people Information about businesses and Information about geography They also provide links to web versions of many of the products that you may already be familiar with.
  • If you’re wondering about Census 2000, it was very successful. As you can see from the response rates. The first of the products will be released throughout 2001 and the bulk of the material will be released in 2002 Census 2000 Response Rate Information Data Products Release Dates
  • Let’s look at the rest of the information available on the Census home page The People section of the Census Bureau Home Page includes
  • In keeping with the Census Bureau's commitment to confidentiality, the Census Bureau information collected in the Decennial Census of Population and Housing on individuals does not become available to the public until after 72 years. Copies of decennial census forms from 1790 through 1920 are now available on microfilm For those of you who have heavy requests for genealogical information the Census Bureau offers an Age Search service. Go to this URL for further information.
  • The Census Bureau’s geographical data can be very useful. It combines statistical information with maps to visually illustrate key data. The US Gazateer provides an easy access point for the Tiger maps by allowing you to enter information such as city, state, and/or zip code.
  • The Business section of the home page includes the new information from the 1997 Economic Census, national business data and international trade data
  • There will be more reports available in 2002
  • With this new Economic census many changes have been implemented. Previous censuses have used the Standard Industrial Classification system to classify industries. This system was out of date and had been dominated by the manufacturing fields.
  • With the electronic age in full swing there was a need to update SIC system to provide categories for new types of businesses that were never available before. It incorporates business from Canada Mexico and the Us.
  • These are some of the new industries that were added in the NAICS systems
  • American Fact Finder is a relatively new product provided by the Census Bureau. It is easy to use and provides some useful information.
  • The database is searchable, and customizable. It will provide figures for a variety of categories that you can decide on.
  • Most of the information available in AFF is from 1990. Census 2000 data should be available in 2001. Data from the Economic Census that we discussed before is also available in American Fact Finder. American Community Survey provides more recent data on people. Census 2000 dress rehearsal data is also available.
  • You’ve heard and perhaps have seen the Census short and Long forms. AFF includes data from both forms.
  • Between Censuses the American Community Survey provides more up-to-date information. The communities sampled are very limited at the moment but as you can see they are working on adding more and more communities.
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    1. 1. Census Bureau & American Fact Finder Presented by: Nora Rackley Reference/Instruction Librarian Lake-Sumter Community College
    2. 2. Census Bureau <ul><li>URL: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.census. gov </li></ul>
    3. 3. Census Bureau Home Page <ul><li>Census 2000 information </li></ul><ul><li>Includes statistical information about people , geography and business </li></ul><ul><li>Provides links to web versions of Bureau publications such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State and Metropolitan Area Data Book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistical Abstract of the United States </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Census 2000 Information <ul><li>2000 final response rate = 67% </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1990 response rate = 65% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2000 expected response rate = 61% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Census 2000 data products released between 2001-2003 </li></ul>
    5. 5. Census: People <ul><li>Population estimates and projections </li></ul><ul><li>Income </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Limited genealogy information (ie. Age Search Service) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Census: People: Age Search Service <ul><li>Census Bureau will search confidential records from the 1910 to 1990 censuses and issue official transcripts </li></ul><ul><li>Information can be released only to the named person, his/her heirs, or legal representatives. </li></ul><ul><li>A $40 fee will be charged for one search </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.census. gov /genealogy/www/ agesearch .html </li></ul>
    7. 7. Age Search Service Reports <ul><li>Reports may include: </li></ul><ul><li>Information on person's age, sex, and/or race </li></ul><ul><li>State or country of birth </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship to the householder </li></ul><ul><li>Uses for reports: </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence to qualify for social security or other retirement benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>Making passport applications. </li></ul><ul><li>Proving relationship in settling estates, in genealogy research, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Taking the place of a birth certificate where one is not available. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Census: Geography <ul><li>TIGER (Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing system) Mapping Service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides a public resource for generating high-quality, detailed maps using public geographic data </li></ul></ul><ul><li>U.S. Gazeteer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>provides an easy access point for TIGER maps </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Census: Business <ul><li>1997 Economic Census </li></ul><ul><li>County Business Patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Trade </li></ul>
    10. 10. 1997 Economic Census <ul><li>Profiles the US economy every 5 years, from the national to the local level.   </li></ul><ul><li>Reports are now available for all geographic areas and all sectors. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System <ul><li>Was used from 1930’s to 1997 to classify industries in the Economic Census </li></ul><ul><li>SIC was updated every 10-15 years </li></ul><ul><li>Dominated by manufacturing fields </li></ul>
    12. 12. North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) <ul><li>Designed in 1997 to update and replace the SIC. </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporates industries from Canada, Mexico and the United States. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New industries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New sectors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New numbering system </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. New Industries In NAICS <ul><li>New industries were added to reflect the changes in business. Some examples include: </li></ul><ul><li>Paging </li></ul><ul><li>Telemarketing bureaus </li></ul><ul><li>Warehouse clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Pet supply stores </li></ul><ul><li>Fiber optic cable manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>HMO medical centers </li></ul><ul><li>Food and health supplement stores </li></ul><ul><li>Bed and breakfast inns </li></ul><ul><li>Diet and weight reducing centers </li></ul>
    14. 14. American Fact Finder <ul><li>URL: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Project began in 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>Goal was to create an Internet accessible comprehensive data dissemination system . </li></ul><ul><li>Created by a team from IBM, Oracle, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and Census Bureau officials. </li></ul>American Fact Finder
    16. 16. American Fact Finder… <ul><li>Incorporates IBM’s parallel supercomputers, Oracle’s database capabilities and ESRI’s geography software. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides community facts and profiles, population and housing facts, industry and business data, and maps. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Information Sources in AFF <ul><li>Decennial census </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1990 data is available now </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Census 2000 data will be available in early 2001 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1997 Economic Census (provides details about the nation’s economy every 5 years) </li></ul><ul><li>American Community Survey (provides up-to-date sampling of American communities) </li></ul><ul><li>Census 2000 Dress Rehearsal (final dry run to ensure the success of the decennial census) </li></ul>
    18. 18. Decennial Census Information <ul><li>Census information is collected in two ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Short form questions which inquire about age, sex, race, relationship, marital status (known as 100% questions because they are asked of everybody) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long form questions ask about education, employment, income, homeowner costs, etc. in addition to the 100% questions (collected from a sample of households) </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. American Community Survey <ul><li>Provides up-to-date sampling of American communities. </li></ul><ul><li>It began in 1996 with 4 communities </li></ul><ul><li>2003 - data for cities and counties available </li></ul><ul><li>2004 - data for areas or populations of 65,000 or more </li></ul><ul><li>By 2008 data will be available for populations of less than 15,000 </li></ul>
    20. 20. Now that we know all there is to know… Let’s explore the web sites! Census Bureau & American Fact Finder