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Q. Can I get Census records about individuals?
A. The U.S. population census records contain a wealth of information about people. Individual records from the Federal population censuses are confidential for 72 years, by law (Title 44, U.S. Code). In April 2002 the National Archives opened the 1930 records to public use.

The Census Bureau can release details from recent files in the form of official transcripts, but only to the named persons, their heirs, or legal representatives. There is a congressionally mandated fee for this service. Since by law, this census information is confidential and collected only for statistical purposes, it is exempt from the disclosure provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act. This means that no one can gain access to confidential census records or avoid the search fees through these acts. Transcript applications forms may be obtained from the Indiana State Data Center. The form and contact information are also on the Internet.

Q. Can I get names and addresses from the Census data?
A. By law, information collected by the Census Bureau from individuals, households, or firms is strictly confidential and may be used only for statistical purposes. Names are released after 72 years. Confidentiality extends to names and addresses; thus the Census Bureau cannot supply lists of persons or firms reporting to it.

Q. Where can I get 2010 Indiana Census tract or block maps?
A. The Indiana Business Research Center maintains the Indiana county Census tract maps on their website that can be printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
Tract, block, and urbanized area maps (36" x 34") for all Indiana counties and cities or towns can be purchased at the Data Center. Tract and block maps for all states, counties, and cities and towns are also located on the Census Bureau web site.

Q. What are the historical and current Census populations for Indiana?

1900 - 2,516,462
1910 - 2,700,876
1920 - 2,930,390
1930 - 3,238,503
1940 - 3,427,796
1950 - 3,934,224
1960 - 4,662,498
1970 - 5,195,392
1980 - 5,490,210
1990 - 5,544,159
2000 - 6,080,485
2001 – 6,124,967
2002 – 6,149,007
2003 – 6,181,789
2004 – 6,214,454
2005 – 6,253,120
2006 – 6,301,700
2007 – 6,346,113
2008 – 6,388,309
2009 – 6,423,113
2010 – 6,483,802

Source:  U.S. Census Bureau – 2000 Census, Population Estimates Program, and 2010 Census

Q. What are the projected populations for Indiana and all the counties?
A. The Population Projections for Indiana counties are based on the 2005 Population Estimates.

Source: Indiana Business Research Center

Q. What is the most recent estimate of the population of counties by race?
A. The 2010 Census Population data provides the most recent data for county populations by race.

Source: Census Bureau and the Indiana Business Research Center

Q. What are the per capita money income, the median household income and poverty estimates for Indiana counties?
A. Income data are provided in a profile for each county under the category "Counties IN Profile" Personal income data are also available from STATS Indiana.

Source: Census Bureau and the Indiana Business Research Center

Q. How many people are in poverty by age and by type of household in Indiana counties?
A. County-level poverty data are available in the American Community Survey through American FactFinder. There are several alternate sources for poverty data. For a description of the most recent poverty data available, select the Poverty topic on Stats Indiana. See also “Poverty Data: Where to Find It and What It Tells Us.”

Source: Census Bureau and the Indiana Business Research Center STATS Indiana

Q. How many people completed high school in each Indiana city and town
A. The most recent educational data are available when you select the Education topic on Stats Indiana.

Source: Census Bureau and the Indiana Business Research Center STATS Indiana

Q. How many people are 65 years and older in Indiana?
A. Indiana - 65 Years and Older - 752,831 (12.4%)
For Counties, use the Profile of Demographic Characteristics.

Source: Indiana Business Research Center

Q. How many people of Hispanic origin live in Indiana?
A. Indiana - Hispanic Origin - 214,536 (3.53%)

Source: Indiana Business Research Center

Q. I need Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) data for all Indiana counties.
A. Equal Employment Opportunity data from the 2000 Census was made available in December, 2003.

Source: Indiana State Department of Workforce Development

Q. What was the inflation rate or Consumer Price Index for 2003?
A. The 2003 Consumer Price Index or inflation rate was 1.9%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Q. What is the most recent County Business Patterns that gives the total number of businesses in Indiana and all of the counties?
A. The 2001 County Business Patterns gives the total number of business establishments by NAICS code.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2001 County Business Patterns

Q. How many building permits were issued by county from 2000 to 2003?
A. The number of single family unit building permits for each year are collected by the Census Bureau and compiled on STATS Indiana.

Source: Indiana Business Research Center and the U. S. Census Bureau

Q. How do I find in what census tract a particular address is located?
A. The American Factfinder on the Census Bureau web site provides this capability. Click on the upper left hand corner and then enter the street address.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Q. How do I find Census data for a given radius around a location?
A. The Missouri Census Data Center has a Circular Area Profiles (CAPS) application that aggregates 2000 Census data to approximate circular areas as specified by the user using a point location and 1 or more radius values. It is necessary to enter coordinates for the site in decimal degrees (e.g. Indiana State Library - Lat: 39.769200; Lon: -086.163260). The site has links to help users determine the necessary coordinates.

Source: Missouri Census Data Center

Q. How many people are employed in each county in Indiana and what is the unemployment rate?
A. On the STATS Indiana Labor Force page choose the "Geographic Type" and the "Data Item" and then click on "Get Data."

Source: Indiana Business Research Center and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Q. I would like a detailed county profile for several counties in Indiana.
A. Choose a county on the STATS Indiana County Profile page and click on "Go."

Source: Indiana Business Research Center and the U. S. Census Bureau

Q. How do I find specific data about an Indiana school district?
A. The Indiana Department of Education website allows you to extract school data for all the Indiana school districts.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Q. How many registered vehicles are there in each Indiana County?
A. The number to 2002 total registered vehicles, total registered passenger cars, and total registered trucks are compared to the 1990 numbers.

Source: Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Indiana Business Research Center

Last updated: April 2010