The two DVDs are split into a US Summary and National File (for larger geographies). Installing both requires 20 GB of free space. A quick overview can be found on the Census website."Summary File 1 (SF 1) contains the data compiled from the questions asked of all people and about every housing unit."
Most importantly, the DVDs include a 'data engine' that makes selecting data easier by a variety of criteria including geographic unit, variables of interest, and output format (i.e. *.csv, *.shp, etc.). There are numerous file types for exporting data. Summary information can also be displayed in a report format. The information contained in the DVDs is far more detailed than can be easily found elsewhere.
- For example, the DVDs contain counts of people for single-year age groups.
|A screenshot from the Census website showing the data engine |
and tabs that you will work through to get your data.
Arrows show how to get started, basic navigation, and the help button.
Lastly, if you are interested in data from the American Community Survey, be sure to check out the TIGER Products website and the Summary Data Retrieval Tool (direct download link).