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The Indiana State Data Center maintains a collection of all of the statistical data from the Decennial Censuses of Population and Housing from 1790 - 2000. The Census Bureau has also released many other publications over the last 200 years. There are economic data about manufacturing, retail trade, wholesale trade, construction, etc. Agricultural data has been collected for over 150 years. The Census Bureau conducts numerous demographic and economic surveys. While the Data Center has access to the 1990 and 2000 Decennial Censuses online, by CD or DVD and in publications, statistics from previous censuses are almost exclusively in books and on microfilm or microfiche. On rare occasions the historical data can be located on the Internet.

New! Newsletters and Journals

  • IN Context
    Published by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the Indiana Business Research Center (Indiana University's Kelley School of Business). Published every two months, IN Context offers substantive articles on the Indiana economy in context within the state and the nation.
  • Friday Facts 
    Written by the Indiana State Library's Librarians.
  • Indiana Business Review
    Published quarterly by the Indiana Business Research Center (Indiana University's Kelley School of Business).

Indexes and Bibliographies to Census Publications in the Data Center:

General Publications about Census Bureau Statistics in the Data Center:

  • The American Census: A Social History by Margo J. Anderson. HA37.U55 A53
    Examines not only the social history of the Census, but how the intellectual, institutional, political, and military history of the U.S. affected each of the Census questionnaires.
  • A Guide to State and Local Census Geography by the Bureau of the Census and the Association of Public Data Users.
    A guide to the specific census and political geographic areas in each state, report idiosyncrasies that exist for a State.
  • Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
    Contains a brief history of how each Census was taken and gives a copy of the questionnaire.
  • Population and Housing Inquiries in U.S. Decennial Censuses, 1790 - 1970 by Bureau of the Census.
    Displays charts showing the data items that are available from each census through 1970.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States by U.S. Census Bureau.
    Published since 1878 to 1012, it is the standard summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. It is now published by Proquest:
  • Understanding the Census, A Guide for Marketers, Planners, Grant Writers and Other Data Users by Michael R. Lavin.
    Primarily a guide to the 1990 Census of Population and Housing.

Publications from the U.S. Census Bureau

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