A census tract of land is a tiny subdivision within a county. The purpose of establishing numbers for tracts of land is to have a stable tracking system for taking census data. If you have a census tract number, you can easily find out about the area's population and housing statistics. This is especially helpful if you are planning to move into a neighborhood and want to find out more about it. After you find your census tract number, you can look at a map and view the entire neighborhood and print out a PDF copy.
Visit the American Factfinder website.
Click on the "Fact Sheet" on the left side of the page. Make sure the tab that says 2006-2008 is highlighted, since this is the most recent Census information.
Click the "Search by Address" hyperlink to find your tract number. Type in the street address, city, state, and ZIP code and hit "Go."
Find the Census Tract Number for your address on the left side of the address box.
Review the social, economic, housing characteristics and the ACS demographic estimates of your area. These include population statistics, educational level, age, ethnicity and other relevant information about the area's residents.