Census Data

Recent Census Data Releases

2020 Census TIGER/Line Shapefiles Have Arrived

The Basics
The Census Bureau has released the 2020 Census Redistricting Data Geographic Support Products for all 50 states, including North Carolina. State and local governments use these products in their redistricting efforts.

The products contain newly created 2020 Census blocks and updated block groups, census tracts, voting districts, and current boundaries for legal governments and school districts referenced to January 1, 2020. 

TJCOG Tips for Using the TIGER/Line Shapefiles

Census 2015-2019 5-Year Estimates Have Arrived

The Basics
The Census Bureau has released the 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates, the most relied-on source for up-to-date social, economic, housing, and demographic information! This release marks a key milestone - three sets of 5-year estimates that do not overlap, providing a great tool to examine local trends. The ACS is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40+ topics it covers, such as educational attainment, occupation, and selected monthly homeowner costs.

The 5-year estimates are available for all geographic areas regardless of population size, down to the block-group level.

TJCOG Tips for Using the Census Data

  • Not sure how to search through the data and tables or want an easy way to look at your local information? Explore Narrative Profiles! Each covers 15 different topic areas and highlights estimates for specific geographic areas.
  • Want to see the most used social, economic, housing, and demographic data? Explore Data Profiles! Each summarizes a set of data characteristics for a single geographic.
  • Interested in learning about all the tools available? Go here.

Interested in Learning More?

Below are some related resources that can be found on the Census Bureau's website, such as Blog Posts and Press Releases. 

2020 Census Data Processing Updates


Kaley Huston
Planner II

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