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Understanding and Using American Community Survey Data: What Researchers Need to Know

The American Community Survey (ACS) is the nation’s premier source of detailed social, economic, housing, and demographic characteristics for local communities.

This handbook describes how researchers can use ACS data to make comparisons, create custom tables, and combine ACS data with other data sources.  It is aimed at researchers who are familiar with using data—summary tabulations and microdata records—from complex sample surveys.  


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