The Census Bureau is an independent statistical agency whose mission is "to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy" (citation).
The Census Bureau collects valuable data about American demographics, American businesses, and the economy.
This page has information on American Fact Finder, the Census Bureau's main search tool, and some major economic and business surveys conducted by the Census Bureau.
For a complete list of all Census Bureau surveys and programs, use the Our Surveys and Programs link.
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This platform is a single-source for accessing the majority of the data produced by the Census Bureau, including data tables and visualizations. It will replace American Fact Finder as the Census Bureau's primary tool after June 2019.
American Community Survey, County Business Patterns, Decennial Census, Economic Census, Non-Employer Statistics, & the Survey of Business Owners.
American Fact Finder is the Census Bureau's search engine for many different datasets that they produce.
Data in American Fact Finder is downloadable.
Data in American Fact Finder will cease to be updated in June 2019.
American Community Survey, American Housing Survey, Annual Economic Surveys, Annual Surveys of Governments, Census of Governments, Decennial Census, Economic Census, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Tabulation, Population Estimates Program, and Puerto Rico Community Survey.
Current release data for each is available to download as a spreadsheet, and there are links to historical data.
The Economic Census is the Census Bureau's most comprehensive survey of the American economy. Undertaken every five years on years ending in 2 or 7, the Economic Census surveys about 4 million business locations to learn about their geographic location, industry type, their workforce, and their total sales in goods and services. It provides benchmark information on the economy.
This survey covers manufacturing establishments with one or more paid employee.
The County Business Patterns data is
This survey covers data on number of firms, number of establishments, annual payroll, and employment of U.S. businesses by geography, industry, and enterprise size.