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Planning Database (2015, 2016, 2018-2022)

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).

  • 2022
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015

The 2022 PDB is a limited release. It contains select ACS 5-year estimates and a limited set of the Census variables typically found on the PDB. It does not contain a Low Response Score (LRS) or 2020 Census operational variables. As 2020 Census data become available, the intention is that future PDB releases will contain a new LRS and additional Census variables.

Statistics downloaded from American FactFinder or data.census.gov received 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.

The ACS 2016-2020 response rates have been approved for public release by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Disclosure Review Board (approval no.: CBDRB-FY22-204).

Page Last Revised - March 21, 2023
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