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Census Information: Census Information

Government census resources

Census Information

Census Information

The Census Bureau produces many publications and data points chronicling the U.S. historical and contemporary demographic,  economic, & social development. These publications are available in paper, microfiche, CD-ROM, and the Internet. Many Census Bureau publications are accessible through the online catalog.

June 27, 2019 Supreme Court decision in Dept. of Commerce et. al. v. New York et. al. on whether the Census Bureau can include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census of Population.

Subject headings you can use to search for such documents in the Library Catalog include:

United States--Census
United States--Census, 22nd 2000

United States--Census, 23rd 2010

United States Census 2020

United States--Population--Statistics
Retail trade--United States--Statistics

The principal index for U.S. Government Documents is the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications HSSE REF & Periodicals 016.353 Un36 and its also available online from 1994-present. U.S. Government publications from 1976-present can also be searched in the GPO Index on the Purdue Libraries Indexes page.  This Census Bureau resource explains why the Census is important.

Census Bureau publications in Purdue Libraries can be found in the HSSE and Parrish Management & Economics (PMEL) Libraries. Population census material will be in HSSE while economic census data will be at PMEL

GovInfo (Provides access to laws, legislation, and regulations on the Census Bureau).  Information on downloading Purdue Libraries ebooks can be found here  See United States Code Title 13 for federal Census laws. On March 26, 2018 the Commerce Dept. announces the reinstatement of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. 13 USC 141(a) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to obtain Census information as necessary, including a citizenship question.  The Census Bureau cannot share its information with other federal agencies such as ICE and the IRS.  Violators of this law face criminal penalties of up to and including five years in federal prison and $250,000 or both.

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