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This page provides guidance documents issued by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Please note that the contents of these guidance documents do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. These documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or Department of Commerce policies.

General Survey Guidance

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2020 Census

web Ways To Respond
Guidance number: CB002
web Questions Asked
Guidance number: CB002.1
web Who To Count
Guidance number: CB002.2
web Language Support
Guidance number: CB002.3
web Help & FAQs
Guidance number: CB002.4


American Community Survey (ACS)

web Top Questions About ACS
Guidance number: CB005
web Guidance for ACS Data Users
Guidance number: CB005.2
web Get Help Responding to the ACS
Guidance number: CB005.3
web How to Respond to ACS FAQs
Guidance number: CB005.4

Annual Business Survey (ABS)

web Guidance for ABS Data Users
Guidance number: CB013.1
web Information for ABS Respondents
Guidance number: CB013.2

Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES)

Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS)

Annual Services Survey (SAS) and Quarterly Services Survey (QSS)

Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM)

Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll (ASPEP)

Annual Survey of Public Pensions (ASPP)

Annual Wholesale Trade Survey (AWTS)


Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS)

Building Permits Survey (BPS)

Business Enterprise Research and Development (BERD) Survey

Business Expenses Supplement (BES)

Business Formation Statistics (BFS)


County Business Patterns (CBP)

pdf County Business Patterns: Data User Guide [2.8 MB]
Guidance number: CB026

Current Population Survey (CPS)




Household Pulse Survey

web Household Pulse Survey FAQs
Guidance number: CB045
web Household Pulse Survey Data FAQs
Guidance number: CB045.1


Management and Organizational Practices Survey (MOPS)

Manufactured Housing Survey (MHS)

Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS)

Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas

Monthly Retail Trade Surveys (MARTS & MRTS)

Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey (MWTS)


Population Projections


Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization (QPC)


Rental Housing Finance Survey (RHFS)

Residential Finance Survey (RFS)


Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) Program

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) Program

Survey of Business Owners and Self-Employed Persons (SBO)

web Information for SBO Respondents
Guidance number: CB042.1
web Guidance for SBO Data Users
Guidance number: CB042.2

Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)

web Information for SIPP Respondents
Guidance number: CB043.1
web Guidance for SIPP Data Users
Guidance number: CB043.2
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