Introduction to Census Geographies

Demographic and Business Data Series

This course is a recommended prerequisite for all other Census Data Series courses and there are no prerequisites for this course. This course is lecture-based; there is no hands-on software tutorial component. 


Learn about all the various geographic units at which the U.S. Census Bureau tabulates data and how to select the most suitable geographic unit based on your research needs and data availability.



  • Legal Boundaries
  • Statistical Boundaries
  • Census boundary update frequency
  • Selecting the most appropriate geographic unit for your work