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CITY 185: Urban Culture and Society (BMC)

Cities 185: Urban Culture and Society Fall 2022, Prof. McDongh and Prof. Restrepo

Census information and Mapping Tools

Visualizing Census Data Tutorial

Before you start using Social Explorer or PolicyMap, complete the following tutorials to help you learn the programs. 

For Bryn Mawr students:

For Haverford students:

Census vs. American Community Survey

Beginning in 2010, the American Community Survey (ACS) replaced the Decennial Census for collecting detailed demographic information (age, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino origin, household relationships, housing tenure (owner- and renter-occupied housing units). The US Census no longer includes information on education, income and poverty, transportation, and other topics. Those data are now available from the ACS instead. The ACS is conducted annually to approximately 3.5 million addresses and documents social, economic, demographic and housing characteristics.

All census data is available at American Fact Finder is longer updated as of June 2019. 

For data from the Decennial census and the ACS, the easiest place to start is Social Explorer or PolicyMap.  

When in doubt, you can always ask a librarian for help.