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American FactFinder: How do I cite tables and maps in American FactFinder?
Dynamically generated tables, maps, and files from American FactFinder:(Use semicolons to separa... (more)

American FactFinder: What are the limits for downloading tables?
Download from Search Results (without viewing table): Up to 10 tables at one t... (more)

American FactFinder: How do I find all the Census Tracts in a Place?
Select Advanced Search. Click the Geographies button located below Topics (left side of pa... (more)

American FactFinder: How do I find the population of my city, town, county, or state?
From the Main Page (factfinder2.census.gov): Enter the name of your state, county, city, town, ... (more)

American FactFinder: How do I change the year of my search?
To change the year, click Advanced Search and use the Topics on the left. On the Topics window, click to expand&... (more)

American FactFinder: How do I find data for "all the counties in a state" or "all the census tracts in a st...
Click  the “Advanced Search” button. Click  the Geographies button (le... (more)

American FactFinder: How can I find a fact sheet for my city or town?
The information that was previously found on the FactSheet is now available through Community Facts:... (more)

Why doesn’t American FactFinder display properly in my browser?
Since browsers cache some of the web tier files (*.js; *.css) by name, whenever an updated or new version of AFF is r... (more)

American FactFinder: How do I find the population for a Zip Code?
From the American FactFinder Main Page: Using Community Facts, type in your Zip Code and click ... (more)

American FactFinder: How does American FactFinder display the label for block level data within a subbarrio...
The 2010 Census Redistricting Data Summary File for Puerto Rico provides access to census blocks within a geographic ... (more)

American FactFinder: Can I create a map of more than one data value in my table?
The American FactFinder “Create a Map” feature allows you to create a map of one data value across two or more “like” ge... (more)

American FactFinder: There is more than one entry for my ZIP Code [Zip Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA)] availab...
You should choose the ZCTA label that applies to the dataset or year for which you want data.  There are two ZIP... (more)

American FactFinder: What is the difference between the "B" and "C" detailed tables in the ACS?
Beginning with the 2005 American Community Survey data release, detailed tables may be displayed in two versions.&nbs... (more)

American FactFinder: What are the browser requirements for American FactFinder?
American FactFinder works best with Internet Explorer 7 and Mozilla Firefox 3.6. Please note that other brows... (more)

American FactFinder: Where can I find 1990 Census and earlier data?
Due to the extremely large file sizes, American FactFinder can only store data from the last two Censuses.  Current... (more)

American FactFinder: How do I replace the leading zeros in my database compatible (.csv) download when open...
Database compatible format (.csv) downloads sometimes include geographic codes such as the GEO ID2 code, or FIPS code... (more)

American FactFinder: For a Zip Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA), how do I find the 2010 population for a specifi...
From the American FactFinder Main page: Click “Advanced Search” and “Show me all” if prompted.... (more)

American FactFinder: How do I save or e-mail a link to a table or a map?
Below are directions to either save the table or map as a bookmark, send a link to the table or map, or to save the q... (more)

American FactFinder: Can I select groups of geographies from the Reference Map or Geographies Map Tab in Ad...
You can select groups of geographies from the Reference Map or Geographies Map Tab in Advanced Search by using the se... (more)

American FactFinder: Can I make modifications to the view of a table?
You can modify the view of a table by using the Modify Table button located in the Actions menu above the table. ... (more)

American FactFinder: How do I select geographies if they are not listed in the Reference Map or in the Adva...
The Reference Map and the Advanced Search Geographies map tab’s “Select Geographies” dropdown options will vary at speci... (more)

American FactFinder: How do I find Economic Program data for a specific geography in Advanced Search?
There are over 11 million geographies available in American FactFinder for the different Census Bureau Programs, incl... (more)

American FactFinder: How can I find information for an American Indian Area, Alaskan Native Area, or Hawaii...
To find data for American Indian Area, Alaska Native Area, or Hawaiian Home Land (AIA/ANA/HHL) areas follow thes... (more)

American FactFinder: How do I find Economic Program data for a specific geography in Guided Search?
There are over 11 million geographies available in American FactFinder for the different Census Bureau Programs, incl... (more)

American FactFinder: How do I link my website to American FactFinder?
To learn about the many options for linking your website into American FactFinder, please refer to our ... (more)

American FactFinder: What is that blue number with an "r" in front of it in parentheses in some 2010 Census...
The "r" represents "revision." This blue "r" followed by a number is a link to a revised census count based on a Count Q... (more)

American FactFinder: When I type in New York, NY, I see information about a county instead of the city.&nbs...
To find a city with the  same name as its state (for example,  New York City, New York; Delaware City, Dela... (more)

American FactFinder: Is there a limit to the number of geographies I can select to create a map?
The American FactFinder is limited to displaying 3,500 or fewer geographies in a map. This limitation is necessary to ma... (more)

American FactFinder: Why did I receive a message saying that the Selected Summary Level cannot be mapped?
You will get this message when American FactFinder does not have the spatial data for the geographic level(s) you sel... (more)

American FactFinder: Why can’t I see the county boundaries on my American FactFinder map?
The county boundaries and labels are already included in American FactFinder maps.  These are only visible at th... (more)

American FactFinder: Why did some of my selections disappear from the “Your Selections” box in Advanced Sea...
Most likely, your selections were removed because: You used the “Back” button on your browser t... (more)

American FactFinder: The geography I entered in Community Facts is not the one I was looking for.  How...
This happens when there is more than one place with the same name.  For example, as you type “Arlington,” a type... (more)

American FactFinder: Why did I get a time out message?
For security purposes, American FactFinder times out after 30 minutes of browser inactivit... (more)