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Why should you participate?

Data from the American Community Survey helps your community. The information that the Census Bureau collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services. Your answers to the American Community Survey help federal, state and local leaders make decisions about:

  • schools
  • job training centers
  • hospitals
  • location of new businesses
  • care for children, veterans, and seniors
  • roads, bridges, and transportation projects
  • emergency services
  • housing value
Dr. Allison Plyer, Greater New Orleans Community Data Center

Learn how Dr. Allison Plyer, Chief Demographer & Deputy Director of Greater New Orleans Community Data Center and others use American Community Survey statistics to help their communities and businesses in our video series. For more details on how information from the American Community Survey is used, browse Questions on the form and why we ask.

Participating in the American Community Survey is safe. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data.  Violating the oath is a serious crime. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both.

Thank you for your time and effort. It makes a difference!


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Looking to start a new business? Moving to a new town? Maybe you are in charge of a local civic organization and need an up-to-date community profile. The American Community Survey provides the information for making the choices that are right for you -- the numbers you need right now and every year, not just once a decade.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | American Community Survey Office | Email ACS | Last Revised: September 03, 2014
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