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Frequently Asked Questions

What is QuickFacts?

QuickFacts tables are summary profiles showing frequently requested data items from various Census Bureau programs. Profiles are available at the national, state, and county level. The QuickFacts main page provides access to national and state level tables. State pages provide access to county level tables within that state, and to other state level tables. County level pages provide access to tables for other counties within the current state, and to state level tables for other states.

I've used QuickFacts before. Where did the links to detailed data sets go?

They are all there, and more. Click on the the "More data for this area" link in the upper right of the page.

I'd really like QuickFacts for other levels of geography, like my city.

At this time, QuickFacts tables are only available at the national, state, and county levels, but in the future, we may offer QuickFacts for metropolitan areas and places.

Why were the included data items selected?

These items answer questions people frequently ask and also demonstrate the wide variety of data available. State and US profiles were limited to only those items that could also be shown for counties; additional data sets may be shown via the "More data for this area" link.

How do I select an area in QuickFacts?

There are different ways to select areas. You may use either the pull down state and county lists, or the clickable county maps. These maps can be reached by clicking on link labeled 'County Selection Map' at the top left of a state or county QuickFacts page. The QuickFacts main page includes a both a pull down list of states and a clickable map of the United States.

Why is the population for the United States that appears on the U.S. Census Bureau's home page different than the U.S. population in QuickFacts?

The U.S. "population clock" on the home page provides an estimate for today. Population figures shown in QuickFacts are for a specified date, for example July 1, 1999.

Why do I come up with more than 100 percent when I add the race groups (White, Black, Asian, and American Indian) and Hispanic origin together.

Hispanic origin is not a race, and persons of hispanic origin may be of any race. For more information, click on the ? icon next to any of the race or hispanic items.

What do you think of our new QuickFacts? Send comments to quickfacts@lists.census.gov


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