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US Census and Population

US Census and Population

The U.S. Census takes information on a considerable range of issues, and its products are used by news agencies, consulting services companies, and governments to provide insight on real-world legislative, business, and family household decisions.

Among the types of information listed are income levels, demographics, socioeconomic status, per capita income, average cost of living, and population, to name just a few. Now, in addition to publishing its findings, the Bureau offers a number of tools to the public, which allow citizens to find data much more easily than was even considered possible in 1990. For instance, facts are available, such as the total GDP of the United States, which was estimated at $15.04 trillion in 2011. International credit agencies will use that statistic to analyze the financial stability of the country.

Some of the most useful tools are listed below, as are some of the critical facts regarding the top five largest urban centers in the United States. As of 2011, these were New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia.

Top 5 most populated cities in the United States and their statistics for income, poverty, and unemployment

Additional Sources:

CIA Country Profile – General Information broken down by sector, including geography, population, economy, etc.

FactFinder for U.S. Census – A searchable and organizable database of information – input search by city, region, demographic, etc.

2012 Statistical Abstract – The Census of the United States, by Section, including industry, population, etc.

2010 Census Products List – A list of all the Census Data

Data Ferret – A tool offered by U.S. Census Office, which supports analysis and manipulation of data

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis March Report – Expert provisioning, organization, and selection of economic data from March, 2012 – Published periodically with real-time data