The federal government has a mandate to collect and analyze data to satisfy legal requirements and emerging national needs.
While FedStats is the hub for online federal agency statistics, there is no one single index to all federal statistics. Individual agencies often publish their own data which can be found by searching their own web sites, the Monthly Catalog or the American Statistics Index.
Check the Map and Data Library's guide to Finding U.S and International Statistics for other U.S. statistics.
Statistical Abstract of the U.S. (ProQuest online)
United States has had a census every ten years since 1790 (decennial census of population and housing).
The only censuses not available online are 1970 and 1980.
Decennial census data are outdated by the time they are published, an ongoing American Community Survey (ACS) provides more accurate demographic profiles on an annual basis.
There are other U.S.censuses besides the population and housing census:
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