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United States Census Statistics and Information

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The UCLA Census Collection

This guide points to important United States Census information, statistics, and data you will find at the Charles E. Young Research Library and on the Web. The collection represents a part of the Federal Depository Library Program in which the Research Library has participated in since 1932. As a designated Federal Depository Library (0043) by Senator Samuel Shortridge, the collection supports the informational needs of the residents in the 29th Congressional district and the university community users.

All bound copies of the Decennial Census can be found in the Reference section under the call number HA201 for population (and Census before 1940), and HD7293 for housing.

About the Census

The Census Bureau, as a division of the Department of Commerce, conducts:

The National Agricultural Statistics Service, as a division of the Department of Agriculture, conducts:

See the full Data and Analysis Tools page for more information.

"Census records" (sometimes "census schedules") is the term usually used to describe the actual census forms filled in by users and census-takes. By law these are kept private for 72 years. After that time, they're available from the National Archives on microfilm.

The UCLA Library has some of the census schedules, mostly for selected counties in California. They can be found in the UCLA Library Catalog. The Library also subscribes to Ancestry Library Edition, which has all of the available schedules online (off-campus access requires UCLA authentication).

For genealogical research, we recommend using the Los Angeles FamilySearch Library, which has comprehensive genealogy resources that go beyond just the census schedules.