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U.S. Decennial Census: 2000

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About the 2000 census

Highlights

 

  • 22nd decennial census
  • US population: 281,422,426
  • Washington population: 5,894,121

Questions asked

  • Information obtained from all persons:
    • Age,
    • Sex,
    • Color or Race,
    • If American Indian, Name of Tribe,
    • Relationship to head of family or household
  • Information obtained from a sample of the population:
    • Ancestry/ Ethnic Origin,
    • Marital Status,
    • Disability Status,
    • School Attendance,
    • Educational Attainment,
    • Place of Birth,
    • Citizenship,
    • If Foreign Born, Year of immigration, language,
    • Are grandchildren under 18 living within the household?,
    • Are grandparents responsible for a Grandchild's basic needs?,
    • Length of responsibility for grandchild,
    • Veteran status,
    • Length of service,
    • In service date,
    • Place of residence in a previous year,
    • Year moved to present residence,
    • Industry,
    • Occupation,
    • Class of Worker,
    • Employment Status,
    • Duration of Unemployment,
    • Year last worked,
    • Weeks worked in preceding year,
    • Hours worked in preceding week,
    • Industry 5 years ago,
    • Value of Real Estate,
    • Income,
    • Place of work,
    • Means of transportation to work

Statistics

Almost all of the information from the original reports is available via Explore Census Data.

Reports Originally Printed

The following reports were originally printed. Their online equivalents can be found in the Census of Population and Housing; select the year you're interested in and a menu will appear with the list of reports.

  • Summary Population and Housing Characteristics are in the Government Publication Stacks in Suzzallo starting at call number C 3.223/18:2000 PHC-1-*
  • Summary Social, Economic, and Housing Characteristics are in the Government Publication Stacks in Suzzallo starting at call number C 3.223/23:2000 PHC-2-*
  • Population and Housing Unit Counts are in the Government Publication Stacks in Suzzallo starting at call number C 3.223/5:2000-PHC-3-*
  • Social, Economic, and Housing Characteristics - Island Areas are in the Government Publication Stacks in Suzzallo starting at call number C 3.223/23-2:2000 PHC-4-
  • Characteristics of American Indians and Alaska Natives by Tribe and Language are in the Government Publication Stacks in Suzzallo starting at call number C 3.223/28:2000 PHC-5-*
  • The Profiles of General Demographic Characteristics and Island Areas Demographic Profiles are both originally print reports but are not in our print collection. They can be accessed online.

Born Digital Reports

The following reports are originally electronic files. Their online equivalents can be found in the Census of Population and Housing; select the year you're interested in and a menu will appear with the list of reports.

Multi-year census compilations (compare across years) tend to include statistics for large geographic areas (eg states) but can be very useful when comparing statistics over time. See: list of all census compilations

Guides and Documentation

More Information from the Census Bureau

Statistics: Census Compilations

Raw Data Files

Population Schedules

Census population schedules (or "name schedules" or "manuscript census") are copies of the original questionnaires collected during each decennial census. They list the individual names and family information of the people enumerated. Unlike the statistics published soon after the census, the population schedules remain confidential for 72 years. 1930 is the most recent population schedule available. Below are links to print and on-line versions of the population schedules. The library also has selected population schedules available on microfilm.

Contact

Need help?  Call the Government Publications, Maps, Microforms & Newspapers help desk at (206) 543-4164 during desk hours.  You can also consult the Ask Us! reference service (24/7).