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United States Census Data: American Community Survey

A comprehensive guide to information produced by the Bureau of the Census

About the American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS) is the most comprehensive inter-censal survey providing vital information on a yearly basis about our nation and its people. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $675 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.

The ACS replaced the Decennial Census Long Form that was distributed to select households every ten years.  The program is designed to provide more up-to-date information in today's  rapdily evolving economy.

Read more HERE.

To see what data is included in the ACS click HERE or see below-left.

Data Available through ACS

Data for the following topics are recorded by the ACS.   Please see the THEMATIC INDEX on this guide for more detailed descriptions of available data.

Age; Sex
Citizen Voting-Age Population
Citizenship Status
Class of Worker
Commuting (Journey to Work) and Place of Work
Computer and Internet Use
Disability Status
Educational Attainment
Employment Status
Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Grandparents as Caregivers
Group Quarters Population
Health Insurance Coverage
Hispanic or Latino Origin
House Heating Fuel
Income and Earnings
Industry and Occupation
Kitchen Facilities
Language Spoken at Home
Marital History
Marital Status
Migration/Residence 1 Year Ago
Occupancy/Vacancy Status
Occupants per Room
Place of Birth
Plumbing Facilities
Poverty Status
Relationship to Householder
School Enrollment
Selected Monthly Owner Costs
Telephone Service Available
Tenure (Owner/Renter)
Total Population
Undergraduate Field of Degree
Units in Structure
Value of Home
Vehicles Available
Veteran Status; Period of Military Service
Work Status Last Year
Year Householder Moved Into Unit
Year of Entry
Year Structure Built

How to Find Information

To find the most current data (2017) from the American Community Survey click HERE .

Data from the  2018 ACS will be released in September fo 2019.

1,3, and 5 year estimates

The American Community Survey uses different sample periods depending on the population in the area begin surveyed.

For place with populations of 65,000 or more (The entire city of Baltimore) the survey is conducted yearly

For places with populations of 20,000 to 65,000 the survey was conducted every three years, but this program was discontinued in 2014.

For places with populations less that 20,000 (The census tract and block-group levels) the survey is done very five years.

For more information click HERE (links to ACS website)

Use this Statistical Test Tool to determine which sample period you need.

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