Earlier Decennial Census Information: 1980 and 1990 Censuses

Includes Link to Census Bureau Site With Data Going Back to 1790

Data From Earlier Censuses at the Census Bureau

For data from earlier censuses see this page at the Census Bureau. These collections (one per census back to 1790) of printed reports have been greatly enhanced (circa 2012). This is a remarkable trove of historical census data.

Access datasets in our Data Archive via Uexplore/Dexter pertaining to the 1990 Census or the 1980 Census. Of particular interest:

  • stf903x2 filetype directory - with standard extracts from the full 1990 stf3 datasets as used in our 1990-2000 trends reports

  • stf803 filetype directory with complete 1980 STF3 tables for the entire country (one dataset per state).

  • stf803x2 filetype directory with standard extracts derived from the corresponding stf803 datasets. As such, this directory contains data for the entire country (one dataset per state), as well as some entire-US sets (uszips, usstcnty, usplaces).
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Don't overlook our SF3 Trend Reports which have 1990 and 2000 data for a wide range of geographic areas.

1990 Basic Tables profile reports are available for a wide range of geographic areas and levels. The Main Menu page contains instructions on how to access the data files used to create these reports.

An alternative way to access these 1990 profiles is to invoke the Geographic Codes Lookup app and select the geographic area using those drop-down menus. Once you navigate to the geographic entity you want, click on the FIPS code / link to get to the Data Applications (aka "applinks") page for the area, and then choose the link to the 1990 Demographic Profile in the Census 1990 section. (With lots of links to other pages with data for the same geographic area). This will not work if the geographic area does not still exist (in latest ACS 5-year data).

For additional 1990 census data see

Data From Earlier Censuses at the Census Bureau

For data from earlier censuses see this page at the Census Bureau. These collections (one per census back to 1790) of primarily printed reports have been greatly enhanced (circa 2012). This is a remarkable trove of historical census data.