FactFinder.Census.gov provides official United States Census Bureau data. The website offers several search options, including the ability to search for data from specific census tracts. The website also provides a reference map of census tracts that allows users to determine which tracts encompass the geographic areas they are interested in.
In addition to providing raw census data, FactFinder.Census.gov offers a Community Facts page with popular information for predetermined locations. The Community Facts page is a good place for someone unfamiliar with census data to start gathering information. The Guided Search option also offers some assistance for users who have little or no experience working with census data. The Advanced Search option is intended for users who are familiar with census data and know exactly which information they need and how to interpret it. Users can search for data by census tract using the Advanced Search option. Users can find large amounts of information about the populations living within census tracts, including age, sex, poverty status, martial status, household size, income, employment status, education level, and the language spoken at home.
Because census tracts are arbitrary boundaries, they are helpful for collecting and sorting data, but they may not accurately reflect the socioeconomic realities of a location.