In Guided Search, you can search for Census data for one or more race or ethnic groups, tribes, ancestries, and countries of birth. Together, these groups are also known as Population Groups.
To help you select Population Groups, Guided Search provides two alternative approaches. The best approach for you to use depends on the Population Groups you are interested in, and the kind of information you want to know about them.
The first approach, available by selecting the “Select from Basic Groups” button, provides access to general information about basic race groups. General information includes basic profile data, such as population counts, household information, and employment data.
The second approach, available by selecting the “Select from Detailed Groups” button, provides access to more Population Groups, and more detailed information about those groups, than are available by the first approach. More Race and Ethnic groups are available, and Tribes, Ancestry Groups and Countries of Birth, which are not available by the first approach, are available by this approach.
You do not have to select a Population Group if you do not want to; simply select the “Skip This Step” or “Next” button to move to the next step of Guided Search, or the “Previous” button to move to the previous step.
Selecting Basic Groups
If you select the “Select from Basic Groups” button, Guided Search will display the screen below, which shows you a list of the basic race groups, and you can choose the ones you want.
Note: in previous versions of American FactFinder, the basic race groups were available as part of the “Topics” step. They have been moved to this step to consolidate selection of Population Groups in one step.
When you select one or more of the race groups from the list, Guided Search will add them to “Your Selections” as part of your search criteria.
Selecting Detailed Groups
If you select the “Select from Detailed Groups” button, Guided Search will display the screen below. This screen provides access to more Population Groups, and more detailed information about those groups, than is available in the “Basic Groups” list. You also have access to tribes, ancestries, and countries of origin, which are not available from the “Select from Basic Groups” button.
If you know the name of the Population Group you are looking for, you can type it into the text box near the top of the screen.
As you type, Guided Search will provide a short list of races, ethnicities, tribes, ancestries, and countries of birth that contain what you type. If one of the suggested names is the Population Group you want you can select it and then click the “GO” button.
When you click the “GO” button, Guided Search adds the text you have typed to the Population Group filters (which is visible near the top of the “Race and Ethnic Group Results” area) and then refreshes the list of Population Groups available for selection so that it contains only those Population Groups that contain the text you have provided.
You can add more than one Population Group filter. If you want to remove a filter, click on the blue “X” next to the filter name.
When you find the Population Group you want in the “Race and Ethnic Groups List” you can click on it to add it to your search criteria (which is visible in “Your Selections”). You can select one or more Population Groups from the list.
You can browse the lists of available Population Groups by selecting one of the categories shown in the “Population Group Type” box.
See Race and Ethnic Group Filters for more information about using these filters.
The category you select is displayed as a filter at the top the Race and Ethnic Group Results. To choose a different category, remove the selected category by clicking the blue “X” next to it, and choose again from the Population Group Type box.
You can reorder the list of Population Groups available in the Race and Ethnic Group Results by clicking on the column labels.
To add one or more Population Groups to “Your Selections”, you can either click on the Population Group name or check the box to the left of the Population Group(s) and click the “Add to Your Selections” button. Guided Search then searches for tables and documents that match all of the criteria shown in Your Selections. The total number of matching tables and documents is shown at the bottom of Your Selections.
To remove a Population Group from Your Selections, click the blue “X” next to the one you want to remove.
When you want to select several closely related Population Groups, Guided Search makes their selection easer by providing predefined collections of Population Groups. You can distinguish between regular Population Groups and Population Group collections by their name – collections begin with the words “All available…”
No population groups may be available for selection based on your previous selections in Guided Search.
■ You selected a dataset, program, topic, and/or geography from which there is no Race/Ethnic Group available; or
■ You already selected a Race or Ethnic Group in the Topics screen under Race & Ethnicity. For instance, you may have chosen Asian, so Asian is now in Your Selections.
Click NEXT to see available tables and documents for data about Asians.
Selection of Population Groups may not be possible because of selections you have made in other steps of Guided Search (these selections are shown in Your Selections).
To make selection of Population Groups possible, you must remove one or more criteria from Your Selections so that products from the Decennial Census and American Community Survey are available.
Note: The Decennial Census and the American Community Survey are the only Census programs in American FactFinder that use Population Groups. Selecting from the Race or Ethnic group screen in Guided Search will limit your results to tables from datasets containing detailed race, ethnic, tribe, ancestry, and country of birth data. These include data from the Decennial Census (e.g., SF2, SF4, and AIAN) and the American Community Survey (e.g., Selected Population Profiles, Selected Population Tables, and American Indian Alaska Native Tables).