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The U.S. Census Bureau will release data from the 2006 American Community Survey (ACS) in August and September according to the timetable below. This year’s data release marks the first time that group quarters (such as prisons, college dorms, military barracks and nursing homes) are included in the data products. Closer to the release date, the Census Bureau will provide guidance on making comparisons between annual ACS data products, as well as comparisons between ACS and Census 2000 data. Data will again be available for the nation, 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district and all counties, places and metropolitan areas with populations of 65,000 or more.
Embargoed data will be accessible from the Census Bureau’s media embargo site on the specified embargo date. For information on obtaining an embargo password, go to the “Newsroom” page on the Census Bureau’s Web site (www.census.gov) and click on “Media Services.”
Census Bureau officials will host a “webinar” briefing for journalists in August to answer questions about the upcoming data releases and demonstrate how to access the new data online. Details about how to register and access the audio briefing will be available closer to the date.
The Census Bureau will provide tools to aid reporters later this summer, including a guidance document on making comparisons between ACS data products and Census 2000, and table shells for downloading. Additional information about ACS can be found on the ACS Web page (http://www.census.gov/acs/www/), which also includes a link to the ACS Media Toolkit.