Demographic Data for Census Tracts
Information for census tracts is available online. Basic data (population by race and number of housing units) is available from the 2010 census at the Census Bureau’s American Fact Finder page. Data on age, household structure and homeownership has also been posted.
Since some census tract numbers and boundaries have changed since the 2000 census, the best way to get 2010 tract level data is to use the "Search by Address" box in the lower right hand side of the page. For more help, there are Tutorials listed toward the top of the site.
The starting place for most current socioeconomic and housing data is the American Community Survey. This is an ongoing Census Bureau survey which has replaced the decennial census as the source for many demographic characteristics, such as income and poverty, educational attainment, family structure, homeownership rates, occupations and commuting trends.
American Community Survey data is released annually, but data for places with a population below 20,000, including all census tracts, is reported as a 5-year average. This means that the data is not directly comparable to the data from the 2000 census, but each year there will be a new set of 5-year averages that can be compared to prior 5-year averages.
Data is available from American Fact Finder or from the Maryland Department of Planning.
Books and CD-ROMs
The Regional Information Center has census data at the tract level back to the 1950 census; data from 1980 and 1990 are available both in print and electronically. Materials are available for use on-site at 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, by appointment only . Please call 410-732-9570 to arrange a time to visit.
Other Demographic Materials