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U.S. Census Statistics: Census Boundary Files & Maps

Census statistics are a rich source of U.S. economic, social and demographic statistics, particularly for small areas and local communities.This is a basic guide to the major U.S censuses.

GIS Boundary Files

More sources for Census Tract maps

Census Maps at the MSU Libraries

Paper or fiche maps of census areas such as blocks, block groups, tracts and metropolitan areas are available at the MSU Libraries for the following years:

  • Up to 1970: Maps are within or next to the related statistics volumes in the MSU Main Library, Census Collection, 1 East. Up to 1970 MSU has tract and block maps for the entire USA.

  • 1980:  All geographies up to and including tracts for the whole USA in the Census Alcove
    • Block maps for the entire USA on microfiche: MSU Gov Docs, 2 West, C 3.224/5:PHC 80-1-XXX  These fiche also contain 1980 block statistics not available in the Census Alcove.
    • Lansing-East Lansing SMSA block map on paper [MSU Maps Library]
  • 2000: Block group and block maps for Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Kent, Oakland and Wayne counties and tract maps for all MI counties [MSU Map Library]

Maps of congressional districts were often published in separate atlases. Some are in the Census collection on 1 East of the Main Library. 


The Library of Michigan has a larger collection of Census paper maps of smaller geographic areas for 1980 onward.

Online Census tract Maps




All cities tracted in 1940 - Scanned by Indiana University



All cities tracted in 1950 - Scanned by Indiana University



Atlanta, GA 

Chicago, IL SMSA 

Detroit, MI SMSA (1 of 2), (2 of 2)

Flint, MI SMSA


Grand Rapids, MI SMSA

Jackson, MI SMSA

Kalamazoo, MI SMSA

Lancaster, PA

Lansing, MI SMSA

Muskegon and Muskegon Heights, MI SMSA

New Orleans SMSA

New York, NY SMSA (1 of 5), (3 of 5), (2, 4 and 5 of 5)

Newark, NJ (SMSA)

Oklahoma City, OK

Omaha, NE

Philadelphia, PA SMSA (1 of 3), (2 of 3), (3 of 3)

Pittsburgh, PA  SMSA (1 of 2), (2 of 2)

Saginaw, MI SMSA

San Francisco-Oakland SMSA (2 of 3), (3 of 3) 

Waco, TX 

Waterloo, IA

Wilmington, DE

Some maps may not be available in paper in the MSU Libraries.


Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ SMSA

Anaheim-Santa Ana-Garden Grove, CA SMSA

Ann Arbor, MI SMSA

Atlanta, GA SMSA

Baltimore, MD SMSA

Birmingham, AL SMSA

Boston, MA SMSA

Buffalo, NY SMSA

Charlotte, NC SMSA

Chicago, IL SMSA

Cleveland, OH SMSA

Columbus, OH SMSA

Dallas, TX SMSA

Davenport-Rock Island-Moline, IA-IL SMSA

Denver, CO SMSA

Detroit, MI SMSA

Duluth-Superior, MN-WI SMSA

Flint, MI SMSA

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, FL SMSA

Fort Worth, TX SMSA

Galveston-Texas City, TX SMSA

Harrisburg, PA SMSA

Hartford, CT SMSA

Honolulu, HI SMSA

Houston, TX SMSA

Huntsville, AL SMSA

Jackson, MI SMSA

Jersey City, NJ SMSA

Kalamazoo, MI SMSA

Kansas City, MO-KS SMSA

Las Vegas, NV SMSA

Lawrence-Haverhill, MA-NH SMSA

Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR SMSA

Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA SMSA

Louisville, KY-IN SMSA

Madison, WI SMSA

Memphis, TN-AR SMSA

Milwaukee, WI SMSA

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN SMSA

Mobile, AL SMSA

New Orleans, LA SMSA

New York, NY SMSA

Newark, NJ SMSA

Newport News-Hampton, VA SMSA

Norfolk-Portsmouth, VA SMSA

Oklahoma, OK SMSA


Phoenix, AZ SMSA

Pittsburgh, PA SMSA

Portland, OR-WA SMSA

Providence-Pawtucket-Warwick, RI-MA SMSA

Richmond, VA SMSA

Sacramento, CA SMSA

Saginaw, MI SMSA

St. Louis, MO-IL SMSA

Salt Lake City, UT SMSA

San Antonio, TX SMSA

San Bernadino-Riverside-Ontario, CA SMSA

San Diego, CA SMSA

San Francisco-Oakland, CA SMSA

San Jose, CA SMSA

San Juan, PR SMSA

Seattle-Everett, WA SMSA

Shreveport, LA SMSA

Tacoma, WA SMSA

Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL SMSA

Toledo, OH-MI SMSA

Tucson, AZ SMSA

Tulsa, OK SMSA

Washington, D.C.-MD-VA SMSA

Waterloo, IA

West Palm Beach, FL SMSA

Wichita, KS SMSA

Worcester, MA SMSA




Allegan County, Cass County and Midland County, MI

Ann Arbor, MI SMSA

Battle Creek, MI SMSA

Bay City, MI SMSA

Grand Rapids, MI

Jackson, MI

Kalamazoo-Portage MI SMSA

Lansing-East Lansing, MI SMSA

Muskegon-Norton Shores-Muskegon Heights, MI SMSA

Saginaw, MI SMSA

Toledo, OH-MI SMSA


All cities



All cities



All cities

Census Maps in PDF

PDF maps are also available on CD-ROM for 1990 and 2000 in the MSU Maps Library. These include maps for larger geographic areas as well as block and tract maps.

Normalizing Census Boundaries across time