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Public Health Nursing Assessment Tool - Additional Resources

B-1 Population Assessment: Popluation & Density

B-1 Population Assessment: Changes

To find information on the Population Changes in your community over the past 10 years, you will need to compare data from the 2010 Census to data from the 2020 Census.

To find information on population changes in your Community or County, go to the New York Planning website ( and click on the "Data" tab.  Click on "2010 Census and Earlier" to view earlier Census data.

If you are researching a New York City Community District, see the "Community Districts" on the NYC Department of City Planning Reference Website (

B-3 Race and Gender Distribution

Most of your data on population, including Race and Gender Distribution, should come from the United States Government's 2010 Census of Population and Housing. You have several options for accessing this data, including:

For Census Tract data, use the American FactFinder (

  1. On the main American FactFinder page, look in the middle of the page for Address Search: Find Census data by entering a street address.
  2. In the popup window that appears, enter a street address from your community and click GO.
  3. From the list of results, select the "Census Tract" item
  4. Use the menus on the left ("Topics," "Race and Ethnic Groups," etc.) to access data about your Census Tract.

For City, County and State information, go to the U.S. Census Bureau's Website ( and look for "Quick Facts" on the left-hand side of the screen.

  1. Use the pull-down menu to select your state.
  2. You will now see a table of data for your state. 
  3. To view the same data for your city or county, go to the top of the page and use the pull-down menus given to select a city or county in New York.

For County-, State- and Community-level information, you may also try the following sources:

New York State Statistical Yearbook
Ref HA544.A2 2003
A comprehensive statistical profile of New York State and its counties and cities.  Section A deals with population and vital statistics.  Published annually, the most recent edition is generally on reserve at each library. Also accessible online through the Rockefeller Institute Web site at
State, County and Local Government Websites
State and local governments often post relevant Census data on their Websites.