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American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year -- giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year. The ACS provides:

  • Estimates of demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics every year, not just every ten years
  • Estimates for all states, counties, townships, incorporated places, tribal areas, census tracts, and census block groups

Demographic characteristics

Age & Sex

Race and Hispanic origin

Economic characteristics

Class of Worker


Health Insurance


Labor Force Status


Social characteristics


Computer and internet


Educational attainment

Grandparents as caregivers

Household and family type, size, and relationship

Language spoken at home

Migration (previous residence)

Place of birth

Veteran status

Housing characteristics

Household type and size

Occupancy and vacancy status

Owner costs

Renter statistics

Rooms and bedrooms

Tenure (Owner/Renter occupied units)

Units in structure

Value of home (Owned and vacant)

Year structure built