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Why do you need to know how much money I make?

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.

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Why did I get the American Community Survey form?

Your address was selected as part of a sample. Your responses will represent other households in your community. More.

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Why is the Census Bureau calling me?

If you don't mail back your form or if you leave questions blank, we may call you. More.

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Why do you ask what time I leave for work?

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.

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How do you protect my information?

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.

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Do I have to fill out the questionnaire?

Yes. You are legally obligated to answer all the questions, as accurately as you can. More.

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Is the American Community Survey legitimate?

Yes. The American Community Survey is legitimate. It is a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. More.

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Can I respond to the survey online?

Yes. Most people can respond to the American Community Survey online. If you received a letter or postcard inviting you to complete the ACS online, you will need the materials to begin. More.

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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.

2013 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates
Now Available

Get the latest statistics from the ACS!

American Community Survey's annual data release provides statistics on a variety of population and housing topics for the nation, states, and your community.

2013 ACS 1-Year Estimates on American FactFinder

Learn more about the 2013 ACS 1-Year Data Release

Respond Online.

Respond Online

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  • It's economical.
  • It's greener.
  • It's user-friendly.
Find out more about responding online.

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Stats in Action: KaBOOM!

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Learn how KaBOOM! uses American Community Survey data to make communities more playful for kids.

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.

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: September 29, 2014
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