May 20, 2022

Research Tools: “American FactFinder Retires: Data Dissemination Transitions to”

From the U.S. Census:

 The U.S. Census Bureau has retired American FactFinder (AFF), its statistics and information search engine after 20 years. Users can begin accessing Census Bureau data at, including the 2018 1-Year American Community Survey and 2017 Economic Census later this month. represents a new chapter in the Census Bureau’s dissemination approach by centralizing data access and allowing for a more rapid response to customers.


The Census Bureau will continue to add features and capabilities to make the system more robust and easy to use. To help ensure a smooth transition to the new platform, the Census Bureau will hold multiple webinars and training events. During the upcoming webinars, attendees will learn how to access tables, maps and data profiles on

To find out more about the new data dissemination platform, visit the resources page.

AFF will remain as an “archive” system until 2020.

See Also: Video/Webinar Recording: Navigating and Using the New

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.