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Data Tools Chart

There are many ways to access estimates and microdata from the American Community Survey (ACS). Learn more about our data tools, along with the product type, year(s) available & data set(s), and geographies included, to help you access the information you need from the ACS.

Source:What is it? Topics/Product Type Included:Year(s) Available & Data Set(s) Included:Geographies Included:
QuickFacts
census.gov/quickfacts
Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geographySelected estimates about social, economic, and housing characteristicsMost recent ACS 5-year estimatesAll states and counties, and for cities and towns with more than 5,000 people
Easy Stats
census.gov/easystats
Quick and easy access to selected statistics collected by the ACS Selected tables about finances, jobs, housing, people, and educationMost recent ACS 5-year estimatesState, counties, and places
My Congressional District
census.gov/mycd
Interactive tool that provides the latest demographic and economic statistics for every district of the 113th CongressSelected estimates about people, jobs, housing, economic, and educationMost recent ACS 1-year estimates 113th Congressional Districts
Census Explorer
census.gov/censusexplorer/
Interactive map that allows you to visualize selected ACS topicsSelected estimates about people, education, income, and commutingACS 5-year estimatesStates, counties, and census tracts
OnTheMap for Emergency Management onthemap.ces.census.gov/em/Census Bureau's data for disasters, natural hazards, and weather eventsSelected estimates about social, economic, demographic and housing characteristicsMost recent ACS 5-year estimatesBlock groups aggregated to approximate event boundaries
Census Flows Mapper

flowsmapper.geo.census.gov/flowsmapper/flowsmapper.html

Web mapping application for county-to-county migration flows mapsSelected estimates about social, economic, and demographic characteristics2006-2010 ACS 5-year estimates to latest releaseCounties
American FactFinder (AFF)
factfinder2.census.gov
Census Bureau's main data dissemination toolData Profiles, Detailed Tables, Geographic Comparison Tables, Subject Tables2005-2009 ACS 5-year estimates to latest releaseAll areas down to block group level*
Comparison Profile, Data Profiles, Detailed Tables, Geographic Comparison Tables, Narrative Profiles**, Selected Population Profiles, Subject Tables2005-2007 ACS 3-year estimates to latest releaseAreas with populations of 20,000+
Comparison Profile, Data Profiles, Detailed Tables, Geographic Comparison Tables, Narrative Profiles**, Ranking Tables, Selected Population Profiles, Subject Tables2005 ACS 1-year estimates to latest releaseAreas with populations of 65,000+
Summary File Retrieval Tool
census.gov/acs/www/data_documentation/ summary_file/
An Excel macro tool ideal for downloading tables from the ACS Summary FileSummary File2005-2009 ACS 5-year Summary File to latest releaseAll areas down to block group level
Summary File2006-2008 ACS 3-year Summary File to latest releaseAreas with populations of 20,000+
Summary File2008 ACS 1-year Summary File to latest releaseAreas with populations of 65,000+
DataFerrett
dataferrett.census.gov
Census Bureau's data analysis and extraction toolSummary File2005-2009 ACS 5-year Summary File to latest releaseAll geographies down to block group level
Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) 2004 ACS 1-year, 2005-2007 ACS 3-year, and 2005-2009 ACS 5-year PUMS files to latest releaseNation, regions, divisions, states, and PUMAs (Puerto Rico Community Survey began in 2005)
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
www2.census.gov
Census Bureau's storage center for archived and current data Data Tables1996 to 2004 ACS 1-year estimatesVaries
Summary File2005-2009 ACS 5-year Summary File to latest releaseAll areas down to block group level
Summary File2005-2007 ACS 3-year Summary File to latest releaseAreas with populations of 20,000+
Summary File2005 ACS 1-year Summary File to latest releaseAreas with populations of 65,000+
Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) 1996 ACS 1-year, 2005-2007 ACS 3-year, and 2005-2009 ACS 5-year PUMS files to latest releaseNation, regions, divisions, states, and PUMAs
API (Application Programming Interface) census.gov/developersCensus Bureau's source for developers to access data to create software applicationsData Profiles2011 ACS 1-year Congressional Districts Congressional Districts
Data Profiles2008-2012 ACS 5-year estimates to latest releaseAll areas down to tract level
Summary File2006-2010 ACS 5-year estimates to latest releaseAll geographies down to block group level
Data Profiles & Summary File2010-2012 ACS 3-year estimates to latest releaseAreas with populations of 20,000+
Data Profiles & Summary File2012 ACS 1-year estimates to latest releaseAreas with populations of 65,000+
Data Profiles2011 ACS 1-year Congressional DistrictsCongressional Districts

*Block groups are available for the first time in American FactFinder with the 2009-2013 ACS 5-year data release. Previously, this geography level was only available in the ACS Summary File.

**The Census Bureau discontinued the Narrative Profiles for both the 1-year and 3-year data releases. The 2012 ACS 1-year and 2010-2012 ACS 3-year Narrative Profiles are the last release in American FactFinder. Beginning with the 2008-2012 ACS 5-year data release, only 5-year Narrative Profiles are available on our website.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | American Community Survey Office | Email ACS | Last Revised: December 04, 2014
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