Census Block Statistics: 1990 Census of Population and Housing: Block Statistics (100% Data)
1. What is it?
A set of statistical CD-ROMs, containing data from the U.S. 1990 Census of Population and Housing. This set contains what is called "100% data," meaning answers to questions that appeared on all census forms. There is information about people and housing units at the state, county, municipality, and other levels, down to the block level. To examine data at the block level you need to know the census number for an individual block. The Library has block level maps for Buffalo County only. (Maps located in the Government Document Dept. map cases.) (See also the Census PL94-171, Census STF1A, Census STF1C and Census STF3A CD-ROMs.)
The information is stored on a number of separate CD-ROMs.
Call number: C 3. 282/3: CD 90-(numbers, as below)
1 B-1/992-2 Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana,
Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming
1 B-2/992-2 New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
1 B-3 Indiana, Michigan, Ohio
1 B-4 Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin
1 B-5 Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
1 B-6 Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia,
1 B-7/992-2 Florida, Georgia
1 B-8/992-2 Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee
1 B-9 Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
1 B-10/992-2 Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington
2. Who produces it?
U.S. Commerce Department, Census Bureau.
3. Are there guides to using it?
There is no technical documentation manual.
4. Is it updated?
Additional data from the 1990 Census has been published on CD and in paper.
5. Can the CD-ROMs be checked out?
6. Sudoc number (disc's call number in Calvin T. Ryan Library):
C 3. 282/3: CD 90-1(numbers), as above.
7. Is there a paper equivalent in Calvin T. Ryan Library?
No; block statistics from the 1990 census are only on compact disc. For earlier censuses, ask at the Documents Dept. offices.
The format is similar to the Census PL94-171 CD-ROMs. Use the arrow keys to select a state. Press Enter.
Select a geographical division. Keep in mind that to look up information by block you need to know the Census's block number for an individual block. Sets of maps give block numbers; the Library has only the maps for Buffalo County.
Once you selected a particular geographical division, you can move the cursor to many different categories of information, such as data by race, by age, etc.
When you have selected the numerical data you wish, press B to "Browse"; that is, to compare data with other places at the same geographical level.
None available on screen.
Press P. If you want to print the data on the screen, press Enter when the cursor is over "Complete Table for This Area" If you want to print what you saw under "Browse", move the cursor to "Single Item for Several Areas" and press Enter. Move cursor to "Print table to printer." Press Enter.
To copy in screen format:
Place portable storage device in drive.
When you arrive at the data you want to copy, press P. If you want to copy the data on the screen, press Enter when the cursor is over "Complete Table..." If you want to copy what you saw under Browse, move the cursor to "Single Item..." and press Enter.
Press Enter with cursor over "Print table to file." When the screen says File Name C:\ erase the C:\ and type (drive letter):\smith, where smith is the name you want to file the data under. Press Enter.
To copy as data:
Place a portable storage device in drive.
When you arrive at the data you want to copy, press C. Follow directions on the screen.
Courtesy of Robert Lopresti, Wilson Library, Western Wash. Univ., Bellingham, WA; 3/94
Diana J. Keith
Government Documents Librarian
Government Documents Department
Calvin T. Ryan Library
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849-2240
Revised June, 2009