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Links and information about statistics and demographics.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Census?

Every ten years a census of the U.S. population is taken, primarily to apportion Congressional representation. What began as a population count in 1790 has grown to include a wide variety of topics and questions, in order to better understand the makeup of the nation.

What kind of information is gathered in the Census?

The 2000 Census gathered a wealth of information, from race to income to how long it takes us to get to work each day. The gateway to all this information is the home page of the U.S. Census Bureau, where you can find data using a variety of searches, from quick facts to comprehensive information about census tracts and blocks.

Does the Library have census data?

The Indianapolis Public Library's collection includes census data from 1790 to 2000, much of it available in print or on microfilm. However, the library does not collect the census information, which includes names and addresses, used by genealogy researchers. The Indiana State Library's Genealogy Division does have census records which can help in that kind of research, or you can visit the library's Genealogy page for more resources.

I need population figures for Indianapolis, Indiana, and the U.S.

These figures are from the 2010 Census:

Indianapolis* 820,445
Beech Grove 14,192
Clermont 1,356
Lawrence 46,001
Southport 1,712
Speedway 11,812
Marion County 903,393
Indiana 6,483,802
United States 308,745,538

* = does not include Beech Grove, Lawrence, Southport, and Speedway

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Web Sites

STATS Indiana
Presented by the Indiana Business Research Center(, this site provides a wealth of statistical information about Indiana's population, economy, and workforce in an easy to navigate format.

Indy's Health Datamart
Maintained by the Marion County Health & Hospital Corporation, this site provides vital statistics for Indianapolis and Marion County.

Indiana Information by Subject
An A - Z index of Internet sites with information and statistics about Indiana.

Indiana State Data Center
This division of the Indiana State Library provides a variety of statistical information about Indiana, as well as links to other statistical sources.

Uses demographic and other information to analyze communities in Indianapolis, Marion County, and surrounding counties.

Indiana Youth Institute
A searchable database provides statistics on child well-being in Indiana.

Statistics from more than 70 federal agencies that produce information for the public.

National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS)
The people and the economy of the U. S.

Social Explorer
Visually explore demographic data.

International Data Base
This site contains tables of statistics compiled by the Census Bureau's International Programs Center from U. S. Census data, national statistics offices around the world, and the United Nations.

United States Census Bureau
The leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.

Kids Count Census Data Online
An easy way to access census data related to children and families, presented by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Population Reference Bureau
This is a comprehensive gateway to worldwide population-related Web sites.

International Statistical Agencies
Links to official statistics-reporting agencies worldwide.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
The MMWR weekly contains data on specific diseases as reported by state and territorial health departments and reports on infectious and chronic diseases, environmental hazards, natural or human-generated disasters, occupational diseases and injuries, and intentional and unintentional injuries. Also included are reports on topics of international interest and notices of events of interest to the public health community.

Library Materials

Data Almanac

Data Almanac
317.3 DAT 2006

Complete Idiots Guide To Statistics

Complete Idiots Guide To Statistics
Donnelly, Robert A.
519.5 DON 2007