Introduction to Demographic and Business Data Products and Sources

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 the numerous data products released by the U.S. Census Bureau, including topics and variables, release frequency and availability of the particular geographic units. The best online interfaces for accessing the particular data you need will also be covered.


  • Overview of census products
    • Decennial Census
    • American Community Survey
  • Overview of online census data interfaces
    • SimplyAnalytics
    • Social Explorer