Table shells display the layout of tables without the estimates or margins of error filled in. They contain the line number, description of the data, and table ID (please visit the Table IDs Explained page to learn more about table IDs). Table shells are available one week before the data are released, allowing users to preview new layouts in advance.
For most data years, table shells for Detailed Tables are available in two different formats (individual table shell files and one file for all Detailed Tables). Table shells for other types of products may be available through the file transfer protocol site (FTP) as shown below.
The ACS table list contains columns with the table IDs, table titles, table universes, and 1-year/5-year availability for all Detailed Tables, Supplemental Estimate Tables, Comparison Profiles, Data Profiles, and Subject Tables in one spreadsheet.
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Census Bureau changed the 2020 American Community Survey (ACS) release. Instead of providing the standard 1-year data products, the Census Bureau released experimental estimates from the 1-year data. Review the link below to be directed to the ACS Experimental Data page for additional details about this release and to find table shells for the 2020 ACS 1-year Experimental Data.
Download individual table shells through the file transfer protocol (FTP) site for:
Download table shells for all Detailed Tables in one Microsoft Excel file.