The following sites provide up-to-date snapshots of the American population.
Census 2000 Demographic Profiles: Tables describing basic demographic characteristics (including age and sex characteristics) for the entire U.S. population and for individual states.
Census 2000 Briefs: The Census 2000 Brief series present the first analysis of Census 2000 population and housing topics to the public. Changes since the 1990 census are discussed, if applicable. The briefs also include sections that discuss interesting questions related to the topic, the importance of Census 2000 collecting data on the subject matter, as well as where readers can go to learn more about the topic. Among other topics, it contains detailed discussions of the Census Bureau's new multiracial classification system, population changes between 1990 and 2000, the Hispanic population, and Congressional Apportionment. To view the files, you will need the Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) Reader which is available free from the Adobe website.
Census 2000 Detailed Data for States: Detailed demographic data for single states. Includes information about households and families. These data are scheduled to be released over two years, beginning in Spring 2000. Site continuously updated to reflect new release of state data.
Census 2000 "Factfinder" Data Mining Tool: Allows users to build tables of population, housing, economic, and geographic data interactively.
Segregation and Isolation Index: This website is a public service of the Lewis Mumford Center and the University at Albany. It provides an initial analysis of how the racial and ethnic composition of metropolitan areas has shifted in the last ten years, and how increasing diversity is experienced at the level of local neighborhoods.
Other Census Data
U.S. Household and Family Profiles: Summary tables from yearly Current Population Surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. These tables illustrate the changing structure of U.S. households and families, complementing Schaefer's presentation in Chapters 9, 10, & 11).
Economic Census Data: The Economic Census profiles the US economy every 5 years, from the national to the local level. Reports are now available for all geographic areas and all sectors from the 1997 Economic Census. Economy-wide reports include the SIC-based Comparative Statistics and the Bridge Between NAICS and SIC. Just released are data on total minority-owned businesses (Chapters 9 & 13).
Latest Economic Indicators: Current data on manufacturing, construction spending, new home sales, homeownership, international trade, retail and food service sales, household income, and poverty (Chapters 8, 9, 13, & 16).