Income data are used to determine poverty status, to measure economic well-being, and to assess the need for assistance. These data are included in federal allocation formulas for many government programs. More.
Your address was selected as part of a sample. Your responses will represent other households in your community. More.
If you don't mail back your form or if you leave questions blank, we may call you. More.
We ask about what time you leave for work to develop statistics on commuting patterns. Commuting data are essential for planning highway improvements and developing public transportation services. More.
We never reveal your identity to anybody else. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone, -- not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency. More.
Yes. You are legally obligated to answer all the questions, as accurately as you can. More.
Yes. The American Community Survey is legitimate. It is a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. More.
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an 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.
Start learning about the ACS with three tips about the data. Find additional information about geography in the ACS, comparison guidance, and user specific handbooks. Learn more in Guidance for Data Users.
American Community Survey's annual data release provides statistics on a variety of population and housing topics for the nation, states, and your community. New this year -- 5-year estimates now avaible for ZCTA's.*
*ZCTA's = ZIP Code Tabulation Areas
Newly updated to include instructions for using the new American FactFinder, information about internet data collection, and details about tracts and block groups. Six presentations and speaker notes were updated including:
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“Your answers to the American Community Survey provide the solutions communities need.”
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.
Trends in Commuting are explored in this new report. Highlights include which states have the longest commutes, the most out-of-state commuters and more. Download Out-of-State and Long Commutes: 2011 based on data collected from the American Community Survey.
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.)
Learn how your answers on the American Community Survey help communities make smarter decisions about transportation resources to keep America moving.