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A survey is a method of collecting and analyzing social, economic, and geographic data. It provides information about the conditions of the United States, states, and counties.

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Discover which surveys meet your criteria or needs. Search by topic, geography, and frequency of publication. This is a great place to jumpstart your research.


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All Surveys and Programs


Economic Survey
Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services (MARTS)
Provides an early indication of sales of retail and food service companies.

Demographic Survey
American Community Survey (ACS)
The American Community Survey is the premier source for information about America's changing population, housing and workforce.

Demographic Survey
American Housing Survey (AHS)
The AHS is sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Demographic Survey
American Time Use Survey (ATUS)
The ATUS measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing.

Economic Survey
Annual Business Survey (ABS) Program
Provides annual data on select economic and demographic characteristics of employer businesses, including annual R&D estimates.

Economic Survey
Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES)
Provides estimates on business spending for new and used structures and equipment.

Economic Survey
Annual Integrated Economic Survey (AIES)
The Annual Integrated Economic Survey (AIES) is a re-engineered survey designed to integrate and replace seven existing annual business surveys into a streamlined single survey instrument. The AIES will provide key yearly measures of economic activity including the only comprehensive national and subnational data on business revenues, expenses, and assets on an annual basis.

Economic Survey
Annual Parole Survey and Annual Probation Survey
These surveys collect administrative data from probation and parole agencies in the U.S. Published data include both national and state-level data.

Economic Survey
Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS)
The Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS) produces industry-level estimates of sales, expenses, and other items for the retail sector in the U.S. each year.

Economic Survey
Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE)
Provides estimates of number of firms, sales/receipts, annual payroll, and employment by sex, ethnicity, race, and veteran status.

Economic Survey
Annual Survey of Jails (ASJ)
Collects data from a nationally representative sample of local jails on jail inmate populations, jail capacity, and related information.

Economic Survey
Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll (ASPEP)
Provides state and local government data on full-time and part-time employment, part-time hours worked, full-time equivalent employment, and payroll statistics.

Economic Survey
Annual Survey of Public Pensions (ASPP)
The Survey of Public Pensions provides revenues, expenditures, financial assets, and membership information for the defined benefit public pensions.

Economic Survey
Annual Survey of School System Finances
Provides statistics about the finances of elementary and secondary public school systems.

Economic Survey
Annual Survey of State Government Finances
State Government Finances provides a comprehensive summary of annual survey findings for state governments.

Economic Survey
Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections (STC)
The STC provides a summary of taxes collected by state for 5 broad tax categories and up to 25 tax subcategories.

Economic Survey
Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances
Statistics on revenue, expenditure, debt, and assets (cash and security holdings) for governments.

Economic Survey
Annual Wholesale Trade Survey (AWTS)
AWTS is conducted every year to provide detailed industry measures of sales, inventories, operational expenses and purchases for wholesale trade activities.

Demographic Survey
Ask U.S. Panel Pilot
The Ask U.S. Panel pilot invited households to participate in an initiative to improve the ways the federal government collects information from the public.

Demographic Survey
Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS)
The Census Bureau conducts the BAS annually to collect information about selected legally defined geographic areas.

Economic Survey
Building Permits Survey (BPS)
The purpose of the Building Permits Survey is to provide national, state, and local statistics on new privately-owned residential construction.

Economic Survey
Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS)
Tabulations of establishment openings/closings, firm startups/shutdowns, and job creation/destruction, with unique information on firm age and firm size.

Economic Survey
Business Enterprise Research and Development Survey (BERD)
Provides detailed statistics on global and domestic R&D expenses of U.S. based companies and statistics on R&D workforce, IP and technology transfer activities.

Economic Survey
Business Expenses Supplement (BES)
Compiles statistics on business operating expenses.

Economic Survey
Business Formation Statistics (BFS)
Tabulations on business applications and formations in the U.S. at quarterly frequency, including projections for recent and future quarters.

Economic Survey
Business Trends and Outlook Survey (BTOS)
Provides insights with timely, high frequency data across all nonfarm sectors of the economy.

Economic Survey
Business and Professional Classification Survey
Obtains information necessary to identify and classify businesses to update the samples for current business surveys and the Economic Census.

Demographic Survey
Census Household Panel

Demographic Survey
Census Military Panel
The Military Panel is national survey panel by the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).

Economic Survey
Census of Governments
Identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local government sector including public finance and public employment and classifications.

Economic Survey
Census of Jails
Collects information on each facility, including admissions and releases, use of space, crowding, staffing, inmate work assignments, and counseling programs.

Economic Survey
Census of Juveniles in Resident Placement (CJRP)
Collects detailed information on youth residing in detention, correctional, and other shelter facilities.

Economic Survey
Census of State and Federal Adult Correctional Facilities
Provides information on the types of inmates housed, facility age and type, building plans, security level, security conditions, and staff characteristics.

Center for Economic Studies (CES)
CES partners with stakeholders to improve measures of the economy and people of the United States through research and development of innovative data products.

Economic Survey
Commodity Flow Survey (CFS)
CFS is a joint project of Census and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics producing data on the movement of goods in the United States.

Economic Survey
Common Core of Data (CCD)
Collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States.

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