In addition to serving data, Census Reporter wants to help you understand how to use it. Let us know if there are topics you’d like to see us explain.

Topics

Pages describing the concepts and tables covered by the Census and American Community Survey.

Getting Started

The Census is a big subject and there's a lot to learn, but you don't have to learn it all at once. Here's some help knowing the lay of the land.

Age and Sex

How the Census approaches the topics of age and sex.

Children

Tables concerning Children. Helpful to consider in relation to Families.

Commute

Commute data from the American Community Survey.

Employment

While the ACS is not always the best source for employment data, it provides interesting information for small geographies that other sources don’t cover.

Families

Families are an important topic in the ACS and a key framework for considering many kinds of data.

Geography

Geography is fundamental to the Census Bureau's process of tabulating data. Here are the key concepts you need to understand.

Health Insurance

The ACS has a number of questions that deal with health insurance and many corresponding tables.

Income

How the Census approaches the topic of income.

Migration

How the Census deals with migration data.

Poverty

Poverty data and how it is used within the ACS.

Public Assistance

Public assistance data from the ACS.

Race and Hispanic Origin

Race is a complex issue, and no less so with Census data. A large proportion of Census tables are broken down by race.

Same-Sex Couples

Although Census does not ask about them directly, there are a number of ways to get at data about same-sex couples using ACS data.

Seniors

In addition to basic Census data about age, there are a small number of Census tables which focus directly on data about older Americans, and on grandparents as caregivers.

Table Codes

While Census Reporter hopes to save you from the details, you may be interested to understand some of the rationale behind American Community Survey table identifiers.

Veterans and Military

Data collected about past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces.