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Using FactFinder - Getting started with American FactFinder

With Advanced Search, you can search all available data using all of the search features provided by American FactFinder. An easy way to start with Advanced Search is to enter a topic and a geography in the text boxes at the top of the Advanced Search page to begin your search. After you enter your topic and geography, click "Go". Your topic and geography are added to "Your Selections" and a list of matching data tables is displayed.

Refine your search by entering more search terms in the text boxes, or use the filters located on the left side of the page (Topics, Geographies, Race and Ethnic Groups, Industry Codes, and EEO Occupation Codes). As items are added to "Your Selections", your search results are updated, showing only those tables and other data products that match the items in "Your Selections"

From the Advanced Search Results pane:

  • Click on a hyperlinked table title to view that table or product.
  • Use the checkboxes to select multiple tables, and then click the View button.

Click the column headers for ID, Table Title, or Dataset to sort the list of results.

Clicking the information icons more information on the right side of the Results pane opens a new browser window displaying additional information about the table or product.

Need Additional Assistance?


View contextual help about American FactFinder using help icons found throughout the application, as well as from the help link displayed at the top of each page.


A glossary of terms used by the Census Bureau is available from the top of each page.

Frequently Asked Questions

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