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The U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau serves as the leading source of data about the nation's people and economy. Data produced by the Census Bureau is wide-ranging and voluminous. The Bureau's best known data collection is the Census of Population and Housing, which has been conducted every ten years since 1790. The American Community Survey (ACS) is a new nationwide survey, which will replace the Census long form in future censuses and is a critical element in the Census Bureau's reengineered 2010 census plan.

The Census Bureau also conducts censuses of economic activity and federal, state and local governments every five years. In addition, every year the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys.

UC DATA and the Census Bureau:

UC DATA partners with the Census Bureau as a member of the State Data Center (SDC) Program. The mission of the SDC is to provide efficient access to U.S. Census Bureau data and data products, provide training and technical assistance to data users, and provide a mechanism for feedback to the Census Bureau on data usability, state and local government data needs, and operational issues.

UC DATA partners with the Census Bureau to run the UC Berkeley site of the California Census Research Data Center (CCRDC). CCRDC provides access to non-public microdata from the Census economic (business) and demographic (household) data programs.

Access to Census Bureau Data:
How to access:
Most Census Bureau data is available directly from the Census Bureau Web Site. Use the link on the right of this page to go directly to the Census Bureau web site. Data not available on-line can be ordered on CD-ROM. In addition, see resources listed on this site under DATA/Other Resources for similar data sources.

Access to to non-public microdata from the Census can be provided by submitting a proposal to the CCRDC. Proposals are reviewed for feasibility, scientific merit, benefit to the Census Bureau, and disclosure risks. Contact CCRDC (see related links on the right) directly for information on this program.

Value Added Census Resources:

Check our DATA on the WEB Page for Value Added Census Data Tools and Resources

Need Help?
For local assistance with the process of downloading and using Census Bureau data, contact UC Data Archive & Technical Assistance (UC DATA) at the Survey Research Center (email: ucdata@berkeley.edu)
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