Another way you can search the site is by using Subjects A to Z, found at the Census home page. "This gives the major topics on which we collect information," says Kavaliunas. "But remember, most of the statistics are at the national level."
For example, searching under the Statistical Abstract, you'll find really good national data. This page includes births, deaths, fertility rates, consumer price index numbers, patents issued, bankruptcies filed, partnerships by industry, etc. An area that provides more localized information is the state data centers.
Also under Subjects A to Z, you can access Tiger Mapping Services under the letter T, which allows you to create a customized map of an area in which you're interested. Visiting this page requires a lot of patience, as it's a graphics-intensive application and one of the busiest sites on the home page. If you click on New Location, you'll arrive at U.S. Gazetteer, where you can explore an area by city or ZIP code.