American Community Survey

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Why We Ask Questions About...
Plumbing Facilities, Kitchen Facilities, Telephone Service

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.

History of plumbing facilities, kitchen facilities, and telephone service questions

Plumbing facilities and kitchen facilities originated with the 1940 Census, while telephone service originated with the 1960 Census. They were transferred to the ACS in 2005 when it replaced the decennial census long form. The telephone service question was added to the ACS in 2008. The telephone question was then modified in 2019. Research about this modification and copies of previous questionnaires are available on the ACS website.

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