Resources to support research for the HSB course, Social Demographics.
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2010
- American FactFinder
A user-friendly interface to several U.S. data sources, including the Census and the American Community Survey.
- American FactFinder: ABOUT THE CENSUSES AND SURVEYS
- American FactFinder: HELP
It's worth taking a few minutes to look at this--there's a lot more to AmericanFactfinder than meets the eye. This will give you a better idea of what's there and how to use it.
- American Community Survey
Replaces the Decennial Census' long form.
"A nationwide survey designed to provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing. It is a critical element in the Census Bureau's reengineered decennial census program. The ACS collects and produces population and housing information every year instead of every ten years."
- Statistical Abstract: The National Data Book
"The authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.
"Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations."
- U.S. Census Bureau
The official U.S. Census site.
- U.S. Census Bureau: Poverty
A collection of census bureau and other related sites on poverty.
- State and Metropolitan Area Data Book: 2006
The most recent edition. "A convenient summary of statistics on the social and economic structure of the states, metropolitan areas, and micropolitan areas in the United States... Includes a selection of data from many statistical publications and electronic sources, including most of the federal statistical agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses in some cases.
- County and City Data Book: 2007
"A convenient summary of statistics on the social and economic structure of the counties and cities of the United States. It is designed to serve as a statistical reference and guide to other data publications and sources."
- Minnesota State Demographic Center
"Analyzes and distributes data from state, U.S. Census Bureau and other sources."
- Institute for Research on Poverty
"A university-based center for research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. It is nonprofit and nonpartisan. "
- Minnesota Compass
"By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, Compass gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities."
- Pew Research Center Topics: Immigration
- Pew Social and Demographic Trends
"Studies behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives, including family, community, health, finance, work and leisure. The project explores these topics by combining original public opinion survey research with social, economic and demographic data analysis."
- Population Reference Bureau
"Analyzes complex demographic data and research to provide the most objective, accurate, and up-to-date population information in a format that is easily understood ...We focus our work around four "core themes": Reproductive Health and Fertility; Children and Families; Population and the Environment; and Population Futures—Aging, Inequality and Poverty, Migration and Urbanization, and Gender. "
- Rand Center for the Study of Aging
- The Policy Page