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Questions and Answers about the American Community Survey in 11 languages. [pdf format]

What is the American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a mandatory, ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population every year -- giving communities the information they need to plan investments and services. Learn more.

Learn ways to respond to the ACS or get help with the survey. Learn more about how we protect your privacy; why you were selected; why it's important to participate; why we ask specific questions and more in About the Survey.

How can I use the ACS data?

We release new data every year — get the latest on American FactFinder, or get advice on choosing the right tool or data table for your needs. Learn more about our annual data releases or browse the supporting documentation.

Respond Online.

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Find out more about responding online.

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Stats in Action: Infectious Diseases

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Learn how scientists use American Community Survey data to simulate the spread of disease, allowing decision-makers to prepare for the next potential outbreak.

New Data Every Year! from the American Community Survey

Includes detailed social, economic, housing, and demographic statistics for large and small communities.

Explore ACS using these tools:

> Next release: Fall 2014

OnTheMap for Emergency Management Using American Community Survey Data

OnTheMap for Emergency Management now includes information from the 2008-2012 ACS
5-year estimates. Learn about social, economic, housing, and demographic characteristics for areas experiencing:

  • Hurricanes and tropical storms
  • Floods
  • Winter storms
  • Wildfires
  • Disaster declaration areas
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American Community Survey form

Did you receive a survey?

Learn why you were selected; why you should participate; how to respond; how we protect your privacy; why we ask specific questions; and more in About the Survey.

American Community Survey interactive form

Explore the Interactive Form

Before you get started filling out the questionnaire, click through our interactive form that explains how the collected information helps communities. (Flash required). Or get our pdf's on why we ask specific questions.

How the ACS Works

How the ACS Works for Your Community

View a visual representation of the data collection process of the ACS and how this translates into dollars for your community to help fund school-lunch programs, place new hospitals, build new businesses and take other actions that lead to healthy towns and cites. (Text version also available.)

Transportation is a critical part of our nation's infrastructure

Transportation is a critical part of our nation's infrastructure

Learn how your answers on the American Community Survey help communities make smarter decisions about transportation resources to keep America moving.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | American Community Survey Office | Email ACS | Last Revised: June 25, 2014
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