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American FactFinder E-Tutorials:


Accessing American Community Survey Block Group Data – April 2015
Presentation [PDF]

The American FactFinder (AFF): Access to Census Statistics – May 2014
Presentation [PPT]

Creating ACS Custom Tables Using DataFerrett - Part 1 Link to a non-federal Web site

Creating ACS Custom Tables Using DataFerrett - Part 2 Link to a non-federal Web site

Data Tools Table [PDF] – Having trouble knowing which Census Bureau data tool to use? This guide lists the more commonly used data tools to help you determine the appropriate one for your needs. We have identified under each tool the information accessible within it, including census and survey content, geographies, and when you might select the tool. Presentation [PDF]

Acronyms and Abbreviations [PDF] – The Census Bureau uses acronyms and abbreviations for many of their programs, datasets, tables, data tools and subject areas. here are the more frequently used with a link to some additional acronyms found on our site


May 2014 – The American FactFinder (AFF): Access to Census Statistics
Presentation [PPT]


September 17, 2013 – Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Webinar (Media)
The U.S. Census Bureau held a Web conference today to announce that the 2012, real median household income and the poverty rate were not statistically different from the previous year, while the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased. Link to a non-federal Web site | Transcript [PDF]


September 12, 2013 – ACS Technical Webinar (Media)
The Census Bureau held a Web conference to discuss the Sept.19 release of 2012 American Community Survey statistics. The webinar included information about the topics that will be available as well as step-by step guidance on how to access the upcoming statistics, compare geographies and compare statistics over time.  Link to a non-federal Web site | Transcript [PDF]


September 11, 2013 – Administration on Aging with ACS – Special Tabulation on Aging
This webinar is a general overview of the American Community Survey and how the Administration on Aging uses this information for their special tabulation on aging. Link to a non-federal Web site  |  Presentation [PDF]


July 11, 2013 – Using Data to Apply for a Grant
In this webinar, the presenter uses a grant scenario to show users how to access population, housing, economic and geographic data from American FactFinder using the Guided and Advanced Search.  Link to a non-federal Web site


June 20, 2013 – On The Map Webinar  Link to a non-federal Web site


American Community Survey (ACS) Overview [PDF] (Presentation)


State & County QuickFacts Data Access (Tutorial)


County Business Patterns Data Access (Tutorial)


Accessing Ancestry Statistics (Tutorial)


How Do I Locate Information About My Community? (Tutorial)

Data Dissemination Program

DDP ACS Tips & Tricks
Already familiar with the American Community Survey, come join us to learn what tips and tricks will make your navigating and using the data easier.  Link to a non-federal Web site


DDP Data Ferrett Session 1 - Intro to Data Ferrett
Search and retrieve data across federal, state, and local surveys. Execute customized variable recoding, create complex tabulations and business graphics. Get access to Current Population Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation, American Community Survey, American Housing Survey, Small Area Income Poverty Estimates, Population Estimates, Economic Census Area wide Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics data, Centers for Disease Control data, and more. Link to a non-federal Web site

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