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American Community Survey Talking Points

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Talking Points


  • The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides vital information on a yearly basis about our nation and its people.
  • Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $675 billion in federal, state, tribal, and local governments funds are distributed each year.
  • This Census Bureau survey samples about 295,000 addresses each month for an estimated 3.5 million households each year.
  • Respondents will receive a letter from the Director of the Census Bureau informing them that their address was selected to be included in the American Community Survey.
  • The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements and respondents answers are not shared with anyone.
  • The American Community Survey gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services and is the only source of data for small areas and small populations.
  • ACS data is used to help with emergency preparedness, transportation planning, urban planning, and much more.
  • The survey is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as employment, language spoken at home, education and selected housing costs.
  • Businesses use the ACS to help determine where to place their businesses, which helps job growth, as well as help determine what products and services to provide communities.
  • The ACS releases over 11 billion estimates each year.

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