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Census: Population Statistics


Population statistics are statistical demographic data for particular regions. They contain no names or personally identifying information.

In Gov Info, we love print, because the numbers in the digital editions of the census can be hard to read. However, if you'd like digital copies, we strongly recommend using the Published Census Volumes at IPUMS (the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series from the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota). Digitized copies of the census from 1790-2000 are available, and broken into more easily navigable sections (when applicable - for instance, individual volumes; bulletins; census of population, agriculture, manufacturing, business. They are broken down much more granularly the closer we come to the present day).

Continue reading below to find call numbers and locations for print volumes of the census by the Government Information library!


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  • Government agencies gather numbers. 
  • Numbers get turned into statistics.
  • Statistics answer the questions “how much” or “how many”. 
  • Find the agency and you find the statistics. 
  • When all else fails, ask for help!

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