DEC. 6, 2018 — Today, the U.S. Census Bureau announced the release of the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates, which features more than 40 social, economic, housing and demographic topics, including homeownership rates and costs, health insurance, and educational attainment. The ACS five-year data release produces statistics for all of the nation’s 3,142 counties. It is the only full data set available for the 2,316 counties with populations too small to produce a complete set of single-year ACS estimates.
“The American Community Survey provides detailed profiles of communities nationwide. The ACS is an ongoing survey that offers vital information on a yearly basis about our nation and its people,” said Victoria Velkoff, Associate Director for Demographic Programs. “It’s our country’s largest source of small area estimates for socio-economic and demographic characteristics. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $675 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.”
Some highlights from the report include that, when comparing the 2013-2017 period to the 2008-2012 period, median household income increased in 16.6 percent of all counties (521 counties) between the 2008-2012 period and the 2013-2017 period while poverty declined in 14 percent of all counties 441 counties). Alternatively, when comparing the same time periods, median household income declined in 222 counties (7.1 percent) and poverty rates increased in 264 counties (8.4 percent).
The following highlights are from the 2013-2017 ACS five-year release.
The Census Bureau compared the broadband internet subscription rates for households in 704 completely rural counties with the households in counties that were “mostly rural,” and those that were “mostly urban.” (See the blog: “Rurality Matters.”)
The 2013-2017 ACS five-year estimates are also available on data.census.gov, a site that lets you preview the latest developments in accessing Census Bureau data. The site includes county-level geography profiles, which provide data users a high-level overview of each of the 3,142 counties in a visual format with maps, charts and graphs. These profiles source 2013-2017 ACS five-year estimates on a variety of topics including income, commuting, home ownership and veterans, as well as business and industry data from the 2012 Economic Census, 2016 County Business Patterns and 2012 Survey of Business Owners. Visit data.census.gov and check out the latest release notes and FAQs to learn more about the full set of data and features available on this preview platform. Our development depends on your feedback. Once you have reviewed the site, please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ACS is the largest source of small area statistics for social, economic, housing and demographic characteristics. It gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Retailers, homebuilders, police departments, and town and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision-makers who count on these annual results. Visit the Stats in Action Videos page to see examples. These statistics would not be possible without the participation of the randomly selected households in the survey.
Because it is a survey based on a sample of the population rather than the entire population, the ACS produces estimates. To aid data users, the Census Bureau calculates and publishes a margin of error for every estimate. For guidance on making comparisons, please visit census.gov.
When sourcing this data, please use "2013-2017 American Community Survey Five-year Estimates".
Note: Statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error. All comparisons made in the reports have been tested and found to be statistically significant at the 90 percent confidence level, unless otherwise noted. Please consult the tables for specific margins of error. For more information, go to <www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/technical-documentation/code-lists.html>.