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Finding and Using GIS Data

The AGS Library's Guide to Finding GIS data and working with it for your specific project needs

Census Data Tutorial

Downloading Data Tables from The Census Bureau

This is just one way to get data from the Census Bureau and one of many ways to download data from  If you want to download census data for use in GIS software, we strongly recommend the National Historic Geographic Information System (

This tutorial shows you the steps to download Median Household Income data from the 2015 American Community Survey 5-year estimates at the Census Tract geography for Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. Follow along or choose different data if you wish.

  1. Navigate to

  2. Click "Advanced Search"

  3. Choose "Topics" underneath "Browse Filters"

  4. Choose "Income and Poverty"

  1. Click "Search" on the bottom left of the screen

  2. Choose "Median Income in the Past 12 Months (In 2019 Inflation-Adjusted Dollars)"

  3. Click "Product" and scroll to "2015: ACS 5-Year Estimates Subject Tables"


  1. Click "Customize Table" on the top right

  2. Click  on the top left of the screen

  3. We will be choosing Milwaukee County, Wisconsin


      11. Click the "Download" button on the top center of the screen. This will prompt another screen in which you can verify your information and you can click download again.