Followup on Census Data

April 6, 2010 – 8:14 AM

My sharp colleagues in the Reference Department pointed out that I missed a key source of census data at the county level in my last post about finding census data – the GALILEO database Social Explorer, to which we recently subscribed.

Using Social Explorer, I can easily generate reports for Clarke County GA using the categories for population demographics that were in effect for any given census year, 1790-2000.  In the example below, an interactive form allows you to generate a report for a given census year by geography.  Here, Clarke County, GA is our geographic location of interest in the 1970 census. (Click image to enlarge.)

Choosing which report to run will vary by census year, since different data were collected in different years.  The same caveats about changing historical definitions of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity mentioned in the previous post still apply.  For 1970, Hispanic ethnicity was recorded as a topic in “race”. (Click image to enlarge.)

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