When the Census Stopped Being Issued in a Paper Format
The Internet became the principal dissemination medium for 2000 census data, rather than the previously-traditional paper format. All four of the detailed data files, now called Summary Files, were available to be downloaded as soon as they were released. Individual tables could be viewed through the Census Bureau's online database, known as the American FactFinder. Additionally these files were available for purchase on CD-ROM and DVD.
U.S. Census Bureau—History: 2000
When the Census Stopped Using the Long Form
For the U.S. census of 2010, there will be no long form. Instead of using a long form, the information will be contained in the American Community Survey which is an ongoing survey conducted by the Census. The American Community Survey web site is: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/index.html
Arizona Depository Library Council meeting, April 18, 2008.