1990 Demographic Profiles

All States in the U.S.

Important: The data contained in these reports is from the 1990 census. See Census 2000 Profiles for comparable 2000 Census reports.


This application permits access to the Missouri Census Data Center's "Basic Tables" profile reports for the most commonly requested geographic summary units for the entire country. This is the menu-driven version of the Basic Tables: 1990 Demographic Profile Generator web application (which delivers the same results, but the interface is quite different). To utilize that application requires that you enter the geographic codes for the area you want. This page is entirely menu driven and requires no code input from the user.

The source of all the data in these reports is the 1990 Decennial Census. More specifically, all data are extracted from the 1990 Summary Tape File 3 products distributed by the Census Bureau. These files were specially processed by the MCDC to create standard STF3 extract datasets, which are the direct data source for these reports. The reports generated by this application are all done "on the fly" using a SAS program which is dynamically invoked.

The geographic units for which reports are available include states (accessed from the county menus), counties, cities and towns (of any size), metropolitan areas, census tracts, block groups, ZIP codes (from STF3B, vintage 1991), and (for selected states only) MCDs (county subdivisions).

Using the original version of the application without menus (see above) you can also generate reports for the U.S. Totals, regions, divisions and block groups. Or, if you are URL-savvy, you can edit the appropriate codes. To get a block group report for a specific census tract you can use this application to select the census tract in which the BG is located. Generate the tract report. Then go to your browser's Location window and edit the URL. Add "&bg=1" (or "bg=2" to see block group 2, etc.) to the end of the URL and resubmit.

A subset of the data items in the report have been designated as "key indicators" and the cells containing these items are color coded to indicate their percentile ranking. See the color code key for details.

Access to the Data Used in the Profiles

These data are stored as SAS datasets on the MCDC server site at the University of Missouri. You can access these data (and convert them to several standard formats, including CSV and DBF — you do not need to know SAS) using the Uexplore web application on that site and going to the filetype (subdirectory) stf903x. Use this link to go directly to the stf903x directory. At some point you need to view the online tutorial.