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Public Library Demographics
Missouri Library Districts: 100 percent count data from Census 2000
(data from the short-form questionnaire, also known as Summary File 1)
Summary File 1 presents data from the questions on the short-form questionnaire in Census 2000. Since the data in Summary File 1 represents a survey of the total population, it is always the best file to use for the categories it presents: total population, population by age, race, and Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, number and type of households and families, population in group quarters (with breakdowns for types of group quarters, such as correctional facilities, college dormitories, and nursing homes), average household size, and number of housing units (broken down by occupied and vacant and owner-occupied/renter-occupied).
Missouri Library Districts: Sample data from Census 2000
(data from the long-form questionnaire, also known as Summary File 3)
Summary File 3 presents data from the questions on the long-form questionnaire in Census 2000. This is the file to use for anything not available in Summary File 1 (e.g., poverty, income, educational attainment, school enrollment, ancestry, language spoken, occupational and industry data, housing values, and many other housing and population categories). Click here for files (two population, and two housing) that together contain the complete list of Summary File 3 categories.
Missouri Census Data Center Census data for Missouri towns, counties, townships (also known as minor civil divisions), census tracts, block groups, school districts, library districts, U.S. congressional and state legislative districts, ZIP code areas, and metropolitan statistical areas. Also includes 1980 to 1990 and 1990 to 2000 trend reports, a user-driven mapper, and web tools for putting together customized reports. Contact the Missouri Census Data Center at the State Library (573-526-6734) if you have questions about the website, need additional information about census data, or would like to request a customized report. Examples of customized reports include: spreadsheets showing all towns, counties, library districts, etc. in the state ranked by population, income, or any other census category, matching a library district or all library districts to ZIP code areas, school districts, counties, etc. These requests are answered free of charge.
Census Bureau's page for American FactFinder, the Census Bureau's data extraction tool, and the popular "enter a street address" way to access demographics and maps for census block groups and tracts, state and national legislative districts, towns, counties, states, ZIP codes, and other geographies.
Most current population estimates for states, counties, and towns.
Historical census data presented by the University of Virginia. This site provides state and county census information from 1790 to 1960. Note: This Web tool is for historical demographics, not genealogical information.
Missouri Economic Research Information Center site provides labor, unemployment, and other economic data from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
RACE AND HISPANIC/LATINO DATA FROM CENSUS 2000
Hispanic/Latino is a category separate from race. Persons who noted on their census form that they were Hispanic/Latino were also asked to select one or more of the six race categories for Census 2000: 1) white, 2) black/African American, 3) American Indian, 4) Asian, 5) Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and 6) other. Therefore, to obtain a total "minority" number (minority is a term not used in census data), subtract the number of white, non-Hispanics from the total population of an area.
Census 2000 marked the first time in history respondents could select multiple race categories, so data was released showing numbers who selected a particular race alone and the number who selected two or more races. More detailed tables also provide breakdowns showing the number of people who selected specific combinations, such as Asian and white, black and white, black and Asian, etc.
LIBRARY GEOGRAPHY IN MISSOURI
There are four types of tax-supported library districts in Missouri: consolidated, regional, county or city/county, and municipal. As of the year 2003, the state has a total of 5 consolidated, 8 regional, 51 county or city/county, and 85 municipal tax-supported public libraries.
A state statute (adopted in 1965) sealed municipal library districts at their 1965 city boundaries IF a tax-supported county, regional, or consolidated public library existed within the county (or counties) where the town was located. This means standard town and county data from Census 2000 do not reflect accurate numbers for public library districts and makes providing census data by library district a customized job.
For example, if there is a county library in a county of 50,000 people, and there is also a municipal library in the same county, the census blocks within the 1965 boundaries of the town would have to be identified and the population deducted from the county total to reflect an accurate count for both the county library district and the municipal library district. So the county library district population might be 42,521 instead of the county total of 50,000.