U.S. Census Bureau - American Factfinder

Using American FactFinder

Find popular facts about your community by using Community Facts:  Enter a state, county, city, town, or zip code in the Community Facts text box, then click GO.

The Community Facts page displays a demographic snapshot of the geography that you entered.

  • Click on the subjects listed on the left side of the page (Age, Business and Industry, Education, etc.) to see other interesting information about your geography.
  • Click the links under "Popular tables for this Geography" to see tables containing other data for your community.

Do you have a more complex search?  Use the Guided Search or Advanced Search

Guided Search leads you step by step to the data that you're looking for. Select Guided Search on the Main Page, and then click 'Get Me Started'.

There are several ways to search in Guided Search.

  • You can use topics about People, Housing, or Businesses and Industries
  • You can start your search using a dataset; or
  • You can start your search using a specific table number or name.

After choosing a search option, you are guided through a series of questions that lead you to a small set of search results closely matching the search items you've selected. A series of "breadcrumbs" at the top of the guided search page lists the steps to follow, and shows your progress.

With Advanced Search, you can search all available data using all of the search features provided by American FactFinder. An easy way to start with Advanced Search is to enter a topic and a geography in the text boxes at the top of the Advanced Search page to begin your search. After you enter your topic and geography, click "Go". Your topic and geography are added to "Your Selections" and a list of matching data tables is displayed.

Refine your search by entering more search terms in the text boxes, or use the filters located on the left side of the page (Topics, Geographies, Race and Ethnic Groups, Industry Codes, and EEO Occupation Codes). As items are added to "Your Selections", your search results are updated, showing only those tables and other data products that match the items in "Your Selections"

From the Advanced Search Results pane:

  • Click on a hyperlinked table title to view that table or product.
  • Use the checkboxes to select multiple tables, and then click the View button.

Click the column headers for ID, Table Title, or Dataset to sort the list of results.

Clicking the information icons more information on the right side of the Results pane opens a new browser window displaying additional information about the table or product.

The Table Viewer page displays the table or data product(s) you’ve selected. For tables, the Table ID, Table Title, and Dataset name are displayed above the table. For other types of data products, the details about the product are displayed.

From the Results Page you can Print, Download, and Bookmark tables. Other functions are available depending on the type and structure of the table. These functions include:

  • Modify Table – one or more of the following functions may be available depending on the structure of a table:
    • expanding and collapsing data categories in the table stub (the leftmost column(s) of the table)
    • sorting rows
    • rearranging columns
    • transposing the rows and columns of the table
    • filtering the rows of a table based on a data values in a column
  • Create a Map – generate a thematic map based on the value in a table. This is only available for multiple geography tables when more than one geography of the same type has been selected (more than one state, more than one county, etc.)
  • View Table Notes – displays the head notes and footnotes associated with the table. Whenever you print a table, the notes are always printed with the table.

To change the geographies, industries, or population groups you want to see in your table, click the Back to Search Results button and add or remove items using the options available in the Left Navigation Bar.

American Factfinder includes the data gleaned from the American Community Survey.

Why We Ask [Source: U.S. Census Bureau]