Historical Census Browser

Since I became a librarian many a patron has come to me looking for historical U.S. Census data (which can be quite tricky to find online, if you’ve ever tried).

Luckily, the University of Virginia Library maintains a Historical Census Browser, which provides census data ranging from 1790-1960! Users can limit their searches by many variables including gender, age, education & literacy, housing…  Data is available both by state and by county. There’s also a fun “Map It!” feature which creates color-coded maps of the data you select.



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