Why the U.S. Census of Population and Housing?
- Constitutional requirement that every person in nation be counted at least once every 10 years beginning in 1790;
- Primary purpose of the census is to provide population counts for reapportionment in determining number of representatives in the House of Representatives;
- Primary source of data for small geographic areas;
- Many Federal programs distribute funds based upon data from the census, i.e., population, income and employment.
This is what you'll find in the different tabs of this guide:
- Census Resources: finding data and statistics from the censuses that have been conducted in the USA every ten years since 1790, as well as the American Community Survey, and other data resources.
- Survey Information: explanations of the various U.S. Census Bureau surveys and products.
- Tools and Reference Guides: companion information for getting the most out of the Census data resources: terminology, geography, tools, etc.
- Connecticut and the Census: data and statistics resources for CT, including information about the 1967 New Haven Special Census.
What you won't find in this guide:
- Resources for genealogical research (finding individuals in the census); for that type of census research, consult this brief guide.