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Census Data: Finding Census Data at NMSL and Online

NMSL Collection

Tangible Census Information at NMSL

Decennial data collected by the U.S. Census varies from census to census, but population, age, sex, race, income, poverty, earnings, occupation, education, housing, disability, birthplace, ancestry, families, household characteristics and language are among the topics covered in decennial census reports.

Statistical reports issued by the U.S. Census Bureau from 1790 to the present are available for use at the New Mexico State Library. This includes the Decennial Census of Population, Economic Census, and Census of Agriculture. Statistics for the United States, New Mexico, all other states, cities, counties and smaller census geographies are available.

The New Mexico State Library participates as a co-ordinating agency in New Mexico's  State Data Center Program.



The State Library has a collection of full sized New Mexico county block and tract maps for the 2000, 1990, 1980, and 1970 decennial census.  LandView products are also available on CD-Rom.  Block maps for the 1980 decennial census are also available on microfiche.

Interactive Census Maps

Infographics & Visualizations

Geography Reference Maps


Genealogical Research

Historical Federal decennial census schedules for genealogical research are located in the Southwest collection.  Census data is also searchable on the Ancestry Library database which is available in the Library.


Questions about using, the Census Bureau web site, the New Mexico State Library Census Collection and the State Data Center program can be directed to the reference staff (505) 476-9702.


General Statistics and Census Information


New Mexico Specific Resources


Historical Census Information

  • Find Decennial Datasets, find Decennial Census information going back to 1790.
  • IPUMS USA -- IPUMS USA collects, preserves and harmonizes U.S. census microdata and provides easy access to this data with enhanced documentation. Data includes decennial censuses from 1790 to 2010 and American Community Surveys (ACS) from 2000 to the present.
  • Historical Census Data The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides easy access to summary tables and time series of population, housing, agriculture, and economic data, along with GIS-compatible boundary files, for years from 1790 through the present and for all levels of U.S. census geography, including states, counties, tracts, and blocks.