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Q. Is the U.S. Census or the American Community Survey a legitimate survey?
A. For verification that a phone call or visitor is from the U.S. Census, please contact the Chicago Regional Office of the Census Bureau at 1-800-865-6384.

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 2012 the National Archives opened the 1940 records to public use.

The Census Bureau can release details from recent files in the form of official transcripts through its Age Search Service, 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.

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 2020 Indiana Census tract or block maps for Indiana?
A. Tract and block maps for Indiana can be purchased at the State Data Center for $10. We will print large format maps up to the size of a standard poster (24 in x 36 in), also known as A1 (23.4 in x 33.1 in). Contact the State Data Center to order these maps.

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
2010 – 6,483,802
2020 – 6,785,528

Q. What are the projected populations for Indiana and all the counties?
A. The State Demographer’s Population Projections for Indiana counties are based on the 2015 Population Estimates.

Source: Indiana Business Research Center

Q. What is the most recent estimate of the population of counties by race?
A. The Census Bureau’s Population and Housing Unit Estimates Program provides the most recent data for county populations by sex, race, and Hispanic origin.

Source: Census Bureau and the Indiana Business Research Center

Q. What are the per capita income, median household income, and poverty  estimates for Indiana counties?
Income data are provided in a profile for each county on the USA Counties in  Profile data tool on StatsAmerica. Personal income data are available from  StatsIndiana.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau and 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 There are several alternate sources for poverty data. For a description of the most recent poverty data available, select the Poverty & Welfare topic on StatsIndiana. See also “Which Data Source to Use.

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

Q. How many people completed high school in each Indiana city and town?
A. The most recent educational data are available by selecting the Education topic on StatsIndiana.

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

Q. How many people are 65 years and older in Indiana?
A. See Population by Age on StatsIndiana. Under Major Topic, select 65 plus.

Source: Indiana Business Research Center

Q. How many people of Hispanic or Latino origin live in Indiana?
A. See Population by Race and Ethnicity on StatsIndiana. Under Major Topic, select  Hispanic or Latino (can be of any race).

Source: Indiana Business Research Center

Q. I need Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) data for all Indiana counties.
A. The most recent EEO Tabulation, 2014-2018 (5-Year ACS data), is available on the U.S. Census Bureau’s file transfer protocol (FTP) server.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Q. What was the inflation rate, or Consumer Price Index, for 2020?
A. The Consumer Price Index (CPI-U), or inflation rate, for 2020 was 1.2%

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?
A. The 2019 County Business Patterns gives the total number of business establishments by NAICS code or Number of Employees.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 County Business Patterns and Indiana Business  Research Center

Q. How many building permits were issued by county from 2014 to 2020?
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 public data tool Census Reporter provides census tract information by  address.

Source: Census Reporter

Q. How do I find Census data for a given radius around a location?
A.  The StatsAmerica Big Radius Tool can create a 25 to 500 mile radius around a city, county, or metro area to view information on people, industries, and workers.

Source: Indiana Business Research 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 Indiana County, Select Year and Month, and under “Select Item” choose Labor Force or Unemp Rate. 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 In Depth Profile page and click on "Go."

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

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