Frequently Asked Questions

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What data can I get for ZIP Code Tabulation Areas?

You can get population and housing data for Zip Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) from a variety of Census Bureau sources.

  • 2010 Census: Provides ZCTA-level information on a limited range of demographic variables such as race, sex, age, housing tenure (that is, rent or own), and ethnicity (Hispanic/Latino origin). 

  • American Community Survey (ACS): Produces a wide range of estimates on topics such as; income, poverty, educational attainment, disability, marital status, and much more. ACS plans to release ZCTA level estimates for the first time in late 2012 based on the 2007-2011 ACS 5-year estimates.  

  • 2000 Census. Provides statistics with detailed characteristics at the ZCTA-level including; race, age, sex, tenure, income, educational attainment, disability, marital status, etc. 

  • 1990 Census: You can download ZCTA data from the FTP site (Summary Tape File 3B), or order a CD-ROM containing the data. (Not available through American FactFinder.)


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