The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about people and housing for every community in the nation. This survey is the only source of local estimates for most of the more than 40 topics it covers for communities across the nation. For example, it produces statistics for language, education, commuting, employment, mortgage status and rent, as well as income, poverty and health insurance. The one-year statistics will be available for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, and all counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more.
The U.S. Census Bureau has additional ways for people to explore ACS data through its data visualization tools. The ACS Data Wheel allows users to explore ACS data for all 50 states. “What can you learn about states from the American Community Survey?” answers commonly asked demographic and socio-economic questions using ACS data. In the coming weeks, users will also be able to explore characteristics of U.S. congressional districts and metropolitan statistical areas with interactive maps.
The Census Bureau has streamlined online data dissemination to be more customer-driven and user-friendly through data.census.gov. The site culminates years of efforts by the Center for Enterprise Dissemination Services and Consumer Innovation (CEDSCI) to create a single, enterprise-level data storage point for all Census Bureau data.
To help ensure a smooth transition to the new platform, CEDSCI will hold multiple webinars, and trainings. During the upcoming webinars, attendees will learn how to access tables, maps and profiles on data.census.gov.
To find out more about the new data dissemination platform, visit the data.census.gov resources page.