The Census Bureau's Planning Database (PDB) contains select select operational, demographic and socio-economic statistics from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey 5-year files and the Census Bureau's low response score (LRS), where the LRS is a predicted value of mail self-response. Except for ACS response rates and the LRS, statistics are provided at the block group and tract levels of geography. The PDB was designed as an aid for survey and census planning, but has many potential uses. For example, given its ease of use, one may consider using the PDB for instructional purposes.
For more information on the LRS, see Erdman and Bates 2017 [PDF <1.0 MB ].
For visual displays of key PDB statistics, see Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM).
The 2019 PDB contains select operational, demographic, and socio-economic statistics from the 2010 Census and the 2013-2017 5-year ACS. This is the first year ACS self-response rates are on the PDB. The 2019 PDB also contains one-time segmentation profile statistics from the Census Barriers, Attitudes, and Motivators Survey.
Statistics downloaded from American FactFinder or data.census.gov receive clearances from the Disclosure Review Board before being posted. No clearance number is required at this time for such information products. When presenting packages to the DRB that include such data, their provenance must be documented to the satisfaction of the DRB.
2010 Census operational statistics were cleared by the DRB on 5/21/2012.
The ACS 2013-2017 5-year Self-Response Rates have been approved for public release by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Disclosure Review Board (approval no.: CBDRB-FY19-244).