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The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year -- giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. More than $675 billion in Federal funds are allocated annually to state, local, and tribal governments based on census data, including data from the ACS.

With topics ranging from "type of heating fuel" to "total income," ACS is a direct descendent of the Census Bureau's decennial long form that went to sample households in every census since 1940.

Constituents who participate in the ACS make a genuine and important contribution to their community, state, and nation. Please thank them for contributing!

State and local leaders use ACS data to determine the needs of communities, such as where to put new highways, schools, hospitals, offices, and community centers. Companies use data from the American Community Survey to learn about the local population and housing and to make investment decisions in your state and Congressional district. ACS data are used for many programs of interest to Congress, such as the Voting Rights Act, portraits of legislative districts and much more.

For more information, contact the Census Bureau's Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs: 301-763-6100,

Data from the American Community Survey provide an annual portrait of the demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics for states and congressional districts.

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