Answered By: Darren Chase
Last Updated: Mar 14, 2019     Views: 57

You can try various sources for this kind of information.

1. Many towns have excellent websites that have already gathered Census and other information for their town.  For example, if you google Smithtown, NY history, you will see the official website for the town of Smithtown appear at the bottom of the page. 

You can improve your results by searching for Smithtown NY "official website".  On their web page, look under the Community Tab and the last item is Census Data.  This actually links to the United States Census' American FactFinder (see below for more information.)

2.  State and County QuickFacts: This page "contains statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with more than 5,000 people." 

You can enter a town, or county, or state, and get information as well as compare information between multiple locations.

3.  American FactFinder: On the home page, type the name of the place you are looking for into the Community Facts search box.  Once you search, you will get popular information for the place you want.  For example, population figures from the American Community Survey (yearly survey, education, employment, occupancy, sex and race).  Usually there is also economic information.

4.  If all else fails go to the U.S. Census Bureau website and try searching from there.  They have search boxes, guided searches, advanced searches and geographical searches.  Choosing the Data tab at the top is a good way to find what you want.  

If you need further assistance, please call the Reference Desk at 632-7148.

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