U.S. Department of Commerce

Educational Resources


March 13, 2014 – American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Dual Vintage Variables
Advanced users learn about the American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) and how to work with dual vintages of variables included in the ACS PUMS files. This presentation gives a background of the ACS PUMS files before explaining how to work specifically with dual vintage variables in the 2008-2012 ACS 5-year PUMS files, including Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMA), Occupation, and Industry variables.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=42ff63613df51416645c3dd24948de5e Link to a non-federal Web site | Transcript [PDF]


December 2013 – Accessing Block Group Data with the American Community Survey Summary File
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that generates estimates on social, economic, housing, and demographic topics. Data users can access these estimates down to the block group level of geography through the ACS Summary File. This presentation will cover background information about the ACS, an explanation of the ACS Summary File, and a demonstration of accessing block group data using the ACS Summary File
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=a1890dcbfc9bb5135bace302482d2c9a Link to a non-federal Web site  |  Presentation [PDF]


November 5, 2013 – What do you know about Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files?
The American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files show the full range of population and housing unit responses collected on individual ACS questionnaires. For example, they show how respondents answered questions on occupation, place of work, and so forth. In this webinar, we will discuss foundational aspects of working with ACS PUMS files, including: organization of the files, confidentiality of the files, accessing the data, geographic availability, and the PUMS documentation.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=4bb664cc7dd03d1e28c7a5cc16145695  Link to a non-federal Web site | Transcript [PDF] | Presentation [PDF]


September 17, 2013 – Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Webinar (Media)
The U.S. Census Bureau held a Web conference today to announce that the 2012, real median household income and the poverty rate were not statistically different from the previous year, while the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.
https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/lsr.php?RCID=b737ae07ef29d3cc47668af038aca405 Link to a non-federal Web site | Transcript [PDF]


September 12, 2013 – ACS Technical Webinar (Media)
The Census Bureau held a Web conference to discuss the Sept.19 release of 2012 American Community Survey statistics. The webinar included information about the topics that will be available as well as step-by step guidance on how to access the upcoming statistics, compare geographies and compare statistics over time.
https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/lsr.php?RCID=97a4f800da844a37bd3fe77f39d11269  Link to a non-federal Web site | Transcript [PDF]


September 11, 2013 – Administration on Aging with ACS – Special Tabulation on Aging
This webinar is a general overview of the American Community Survey and how the Administration on Aging uses this information for their special tabulation on aging.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=164436371b303afc150266ad3a11ccb7 Link to a non-federal Web site  |  Presentation [PDF]


July 11, 2013 – Using Data to Apply for a Grant
In this webinar, the presenter uses a grant scenario to show users how to access population, housing, economic and geographic data from American FactFinder using the Guided and Advanced Search.
https://census.webex.com/census/lsr.php?RCID=e93d725369823a5ed40baacc17df48b0  Link to a non-federal Web site


American Community Survey (ACS) Overview [PDF] (Presentation)


Accessing Ancestry Statistics (Tutorial)


Finding the Median Income of Congressional Districts (Tutorial)


How Do I Locate Information About My Community? (Tutorial)


Population Finder Statistics (Tutorial)


Race & Ethnicity Data Access  (Tutorial)


State & County QuickFacts Data Access (Tutorial)

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Customer Liaison and Marketing Services Office | 301- 763-4308 or clmso.training@census.gov |  Last Revised: April 18, 2014