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Planning and Urban Studies: Government Information

Print Resources

The Earl K. Long Library does house some print Census resources.  If you need to use these resources, contact your documents librarian to schedule an appointment.

Measuring America : the decennial censuses from 1790 to 2000 is a popular resource. It can be located in the federal documents stacks at C 3.2:M 46/2; it is also available online.

Electronic Resources

Historical Census Data

City and County Information


The Government Documents collection is heavily used by students in planning and urban studies. The U.S. Census of Population and Housing is a key resource, as are several census publications which focus on cities and counties specifically:

County and City Data Book

Combines selected census data (economic, population and housing) and tabulates by country, region, state, county, city (25,000 or more), and place (2500 or more).

2007 is the latest edition and is online
Fed Docs. C3.134/2: C83/2 (Most recent print year available: 2000 in Fed Doc Ready Reference.) Earlier years shelved in Fed Doc Reference.

USA Counties

Provides detailed information on population, economics, education, health, elections, etc. Includes spans of years.

2007 is the latest edition and is online
 Earlier years Fed Docs C 3.134/6: CD-ROM (Most recent year available: 1998.) Ask at Reference Desk.

County Business Patterns

Provides economic and employment information at the state and county level, by SIC code.

Current year is online
Earlier years C 3.204/4: CD-ROM (Most recent year available: 2000/01.) Ask at Reference.

To visit the web page for the Bureau of the Census, which offers online versions of many of these documents, click here