Thursday, November 21, 2013

How can I get historical total population data?

If you have looked at the American FactFinder page from the Census Bureau but cannot find the population data you seek, because it's too old:

One source: The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2012.

Another source are the scanned copies of old Census publications. There may be more data in these reports than available through NHGIS, for smaller places.

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