Free Resources for Demographic Data

We'd like to take the opportunity to talk about the CDX Technologies free on-line tool for getting demographic data by zip code.  Just input a zip code and specify the report you need – general data about the location, demographics, population gender, or race – and a clear and concise report is returned to the web page.  You can also export the data to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet or presentation-quality PDF file, which is easy to send as an email attachment or include as part of a larger report.

This tool is currently a work-in-progress; we'll soon be updating it with the latest census information as it becomes available, and would also like to solicit opinions from our clients and readers here for suggestions on how we can make it even better.  Drop us a line at and let us know what you think!

We also enthusiastically recommend a web tool called American FactFinder, provided courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.  Not only does it draw on a huge stockpile of demographic data (such as the ten-year census, American Community Survey, and latest Economic Census), it's a pretty quick and reliable source of information when you need data for a small number of geographies.  It's especially well-suited for getting very detailed, esoteric data which are not generally available from other free online tools.  We don't recommend using it when you need data for many locations (in that case try our Excel add-in CDXZipStream), but for limited data it's a good place to start looking.

Note:  Coming in January of 2011, American FactFinder will get a new look and some new functionality, including new table and mapping features.  Hopefully the tables will be easier on the eyes and little less crowded with information.

So, with a nod to an old joke – "In God we trust, all others bring data" – consider getting your demographic data (free!) from the great online tools mentioned here.

For a short tutorial on how to use this tool, please watch the video below:

or watch the YouTube version:  Free Demographics by ZIP Code

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