Census Information Center

Project Aims
The NCAI Policy Research Center was first designated a Census Information Center (CIC) in 2006 and continues in this role today. Designation as a CIC facilitates the NCAI Policy Research Center’s ability to provide tribal leaders across the United States the best available knowledge, specifically increasing access to Census information and data products to use for research, planning, and decision-making purposes. CICs are recognized as official sources of demographic, economic, and social statistics produced by the Census Bureau and provide training and technical assistance to interested data users. The program is a cooperative venture between the US Census Bureau and national level, community-based organizations and colleges and universities to serve as auxiliary data distribution centers reaching underserved populations. The mission of the CIC program is to provide efficient access to Census Bureau data products through a wide data dissemination network of organizations. Those organizations effectively process and disseminate Census Bureau data to underserved population groups in easily understandable formats.

The vision of the CIC program is to facilitate community empowerment through sustainable data access, analysis, and education. Please contact us for more information.

Project Partners
This partnership includes 55 non-profit national and community-based organizations including: national non-governmental organizations, minority colleges and universities, minority chambers of commerce, civil rights and social justice organizations, organizations serving children, the aging and rural populations, and tribal governments.

Data Requests
The NCAI CIC helps locate the best data for tribal planners, users, researchers, NCAI staff, and leaders. NCAI’s CIC often fulfills requests for data and provides information on data accessibility and quality. Part of the goal is to explain the difference between reports based on 100% population data and data from the American Community Survey and other federal surveys that generates estimates of whole populations based on collecting samples (e.g., sampling methodologies).

Most requested data includes:

  • Basic population counts at the tribal, congressional district, and state levels

  • Voter eligible population

  • Unemployment statistics for Indian Country

  • Poverty and income statistics

  • Housing conditions

  • Educational attainment 

Examples of Products

Census Resources & Reports on American Indians and Alaska Natives