What is a Census Information Center?

Started in 1988, the Census Information Center (CIC) Program is a cooperative venture between the U.S. 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 prorgram 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.

In August 2000, the Census Bureau designated the Asian American Federation as one of the 57 CICs in the country. As an official repository of Census Bureau data, the Federation receives a variety of data products, information and services directly from the Census Bureau. Federation staff also receive training in understanding and interpreting all of the Census Bureau's data products.