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A Note About Census Publications

We have many census documents in our print collection on the first floor in the government documents collection. See the "C" sections for Census Bureau documents. We are slowly adding online resources for these documents so that they may be accessed off-site.

Census documents do not always have the same title from one census to the next and the online access to census documents is inconsistent between years and collections, pieces located on different websites, most of them archives. When searching these websites, it helps if you know:

  • if the census data had been collected and published in the first place
  • the year, location, and type of data needed
  • the title of the census publication that contains the information
  • where to find census data (generally)
  • how to use search tools to refine your search in a database

Equipped with this information, your search should be easier. This page is intended to help you in your search to find census data and publications.

Finding Census Resources

Characteristics of Housing Units Housing Characteristics for States, Cities, and Counties
The United States Department of Commerce's Characteristics of Housing Units publications can be found online, by decade, in the following ways: 

1960 Detailed Housing Characteristics 
https://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html Census of Population and Housing > 1960 Census of Housing

1970 Characteristics of Housing Units, Housing Characteristics for States, Cities, and Counties 
https://www.census.gov/library/publications/1972/dec/housing-volume-1.html 

1980 Census of Housing General Housing Characteristics 
Use the search entry "1980 census of housing. Volume 1. Characteristics of housing units. Chapter A. General housing characteristics." to search by state or volume on https://www.hathitrust.org/.

1990 Census of Housing General Housing Characteristics 
https://www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/90pubs/ch-1.html

 

United States Census of Housing: Metropolitan Housing

1960 Census of Housing: Metropolitan Housing

https://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html

Census of Population and Housing, 1960 > 1960 Census of Housing > Metropolitan Housing

 

1980 Census of Housing: Metropolitan Housing
Use the search entry "1980 census of housing metropolitan housing characteristics" to search by state or volume on https://www.hathitrust.org/.

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