Today’s five-star site: American FactFinder

A service of the U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder is designed to simplify census research. It makes it easy to find social, economic or housing characteristics for any location. Tools help you create various tables—either from predefined templates or using your own preferences—and generate maps illustrating data and statistics. Other sections allow you to research industry and business facts and economic census data. American FactFinder allows you to access data using a variety of methods. Items labeled “quick” help you locate data or generate reports with only a couple of mouse clicks. Other methods help you perform more detailed research or construct more complicated queries.

(Excerpted from the second edition of The Essential Guide to the Best (and Worst) Legal Sites on the Web.)