The tools below may help you find the data you need for your geography of interest.
QuickFacts from the U.S. Census Bureau
QuickFacts retrieves popular U.S. Census Bureau data about population, limited age groups, broad race groups, land area information and select social and economic topics. Easily compare your county or city of interest to Minnesota or U.S. in a side-by-side feature.
Community Facts, via American FactFinder
Community Facts helps users more easily navigate American FactFinder, the U.S. Census Bureau's primary data retrieval tool, by beginning with their state, county, city, town, or zip code and then navigating tables by popular data topics such as Population, Age, Business and Industry, Education, Housing, Income, Origins and Language, Poverty, and Veterans.
ACS Summary File Retrieval Tool
Need to retrieve a wealth of small area data from the American Community Survey (ACS) quickly? This downloadable Excel workbook has macros and an easy interface to help you pull up to 20 tables at a time for all the block groups or census tracts in a state, for any ACS dataset from 2008-2012 (1, 3 or 5 year). Remember to merge estimates with margins of error so you know how reliable your resulting data are. Need help? See the how-to video or lengthy documentation on the page.
Metropolitan Council Data + Maps
For users interested in the Twin Cities 7-county metro area (consisting of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties), the Met Council's Data + Maps site has key information about the 7-county region or any city, county or township within it. Users may also create maps using 100+ available data layers, or explore interactive maps on topics including natural resources, land use and water quality and supply.
PolicyMap provides a wealth of data across numerous topics mapped onto various levels of geography. (No GIS skills necessary.) To begin, type your geography of interest into the location bar, then explore the topical data in the gray banner above each thematic map. Creating a free account allows for greater functionality. Mapped data may be viewed and emailed, but not downloaded (with a free account).
Social Explorer free edition
Social Explorer allows users to interact with maps and tables featuring various decennial census data back to the original 1790 census at no charge. Geographies and topics available vary by year. Additional data and features are available through a paid subscription (check with your local academic or public library for availability).