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2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-year estimates are now available, including the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files and Variance Replicate Estimate (VRE) Tables.

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We ask questions about the presence of hot and cold running water, a bathtub or shower, a sink with a faucet, a stove or range, a refrigerator, and telephone service to create data about indicators of housing quality.

Local, state, tribal, and federal agencies use these data to plan and fund programs for housing assistance, rehabilitation loans, and other programs that help people access and afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Public health officials also use this information to locate areas in danger of groundwater contamination and waterborne diseases.

Your privacy concerns

We use your confidential survey answers to create statistics like those in the results below and in the full tables that contain all the data—no one is able to figure out your survey answers from the statistics we produce. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone—not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency.

Questions as they appear on the form

We ask one question that covers information on plumbing facilities, kitchen facilities, and telephone service to better understand housing quality.

Results from these questions

We compile the results from these questions to provide communities with important statistics to help in their housing assistance planning. You can see some of these published statistics here for the nation, states, and your community.

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Plumbing facilities, kitchen facilities, and telephone service data help communities:

    Helping decision makers provide solutions in times of need

This video takes an in-depth look at the question pertaining to 'running water' that is found on the American Community Survey. This video explains how this question, and others found on the ACS, can help plan for disaster relief and help communities provide the resources needed for its residents.


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