Print Sources – Books and Microfiche Collections
The Reference Section, located on the fifth floor of the Broward County Main Library, maintains collections of demographic and statistical data from governmental and commercial sources.
Some branches of the Broward County Library have compilations of demographic statistics in the 304.6 Dewey Decimal section of the library.
The Reference Section has an extensive collection of statistical publications of the U.S. Bureau of the Census, from the first census of 1790 to the most recent census. (These censuses contain numbers, rather than the names of individuals.)
Statistical census publications can be divided into several general categories:
Population and Housing (Decennial) Censuses
These are the publications resulting from the censuses of population, which are required by the Constitution and have been taken every ten years since 1790.
Economic (Non-Decennial) Censuses
These publications result from the Censuses of Agriculture, Business, Manufactures, Government, Transportation, and others. Most are taken in five-year cycles, falling between the years of the Decennial censuses.
These on-going series update the Decennial and Non-Decennial Censuses. Examples are Current Population Reports, Construction Reports, Annual Housing Surveys, and Foreign Trade Statistics.
In addition to receiving many reports from the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the Reference Section regularly receives a number of statistical compendia, including Statistical Abstract of the United States and Florida Statistical Abstract.
The Section also has retrospective microfiche collections of historical statistical data, including the following:
American Statistics Index (ASI), providing federal government statistical reports,
Statistical Reference Index (SRI), providing statistical reports from state governments, state universities, and trade and professional organizations, and
Index to International Statistics (IIS), providing statistical reports from international organizations.
Links to Websites on Demographics and Statistical Information
Additional demographic and statistical information may be found on the following websites:
ipl2: Information You Can Trust - website
This is a searchable and annotated subject directory of internet resources that provide accurate, factual information on many topics. Type “Demographics”, “Statistics”, or related terms in the search box.
Fedstats - website
Fedstats provides links to over 100 agencies that provide statistical data.
Statistical Abstract of the United States - website
This compendium of statistical information is available through the U.S. Census Bureau's home page.
United States Census Bureau - website
News releases and statistics from the Census of Population and Housing and all of the Economic Censuses are available.
University of Florida, Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) - website
This site provides descriptions and ordering information for BEBR’s demographic and statistical data on the State of Florida and its counties and municipalities. Publications from the Survey Program, Population Program, Forecasting Program, and Policy Studies Programs are listed.
The following agencies may collect local demographic and business facts and statistics:
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance - website
110 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 1990, Fort Lauderdale FL 33301
Phone: 800-741-1420 or 954-524-3113
South Florida Regional Planning Council - website
3440 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 140, Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: (954) 985-4416
U.S. Census Bureau, Atlanta Regional Office - website
101 Marietta Street, NW, Suite 3200, Atlanta, GA 30303-2700
Phone: 1-800-424-6974 or 404-730-3832