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Demographic (People/Households) Surveys and Programs

The U.S. Census Bureau compiles information from demographic surveys to produce statistics that describe populations and their characteristics, such as age, education, housing and income. We collect this data by asking household members to provide information about the people who live in the house, apartment, mobile home or group housing.

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts more than 130 surveys each year, including our nation’s largest household survey, the American Community Survey. To find more information on a specific survey please select it from the list of surveys below.

List of Demographic Surveys and Programs


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


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.


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.


Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE)
Provides data on expenditures, income, and demographic characteristics of consumers in the United States.


Current Population Survey (CPS)
The CPS is a monthly survey sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Decennial Census Digitization and Linkage (DCDL) Project


Decennial Census of Population and Housing
The U.S. census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years.


Household Pulse Survey (COVID-19)
The new Household Pulse Survey is designed to deploy quickly, and efficiently collect data on how people’s lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Housing Vacancies and Homeownership (CPS/HVS)
Provides current information on the rental and homeowner vacancy rates, and characteristics of units available for occupancy.


Identity Theft Supplement
A supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).


International Programs Center
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts demographic, economic, & geographic studies of other countries & strengthens statistical development around the world.


La Encuesta sobre la Comunidad Estadounidense


La Encuesta sobre la Comunidad de Puerto Rico


National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)
Collects data on the utilization and provision of office-based ambulatory medical care services.


National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)
The nation's primary source of information on criminal victimization.


National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
Principal source of information on the health of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States.


National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS)
Collects data on the utilization and provision of hospital-based ambulatory medical care services.


National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH)
The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) is sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration.


National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG)
Provides data on the nation’s college graduates, with particular focus on those in the science and engineering workforce.


National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, & Wildlife-Associated Recreation
One of the most important sources of information on fish and wildlife recreation in the United States.


New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS)
The New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS) is conducted every 3 years to comply with New York state and New York City’s rent regulation laws.


Population Projections
Population projections are estimates of the population for future dates.


Population and Housing Unit Estimates
Produces estimates of the population for the United States, its states, counties, cities, and towns, as well as for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Post-Enumeration Survey (PES)
The Post-Enumeration Survey measures the accuracy of the census by independently surveying a sample of the population.


Principal Follow-Up Survey (PFS)
The purpose of the Principal Follow-up Survey (PFS) is to determine how many principals in the base (NTPS) school year still work as a principal.


Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS)
Provides data every year -- giving communities the information they need to manage change. Part of the American Community Survey, customized for Puerto Rico.


Redistricting Data Program
The program responsible for all aspects of the Public Law 94-171 redistricting data set provided to states for legislative redistricting.


Residential Finance Survey (RFS)
Collects and produces data about the financing of nonfarm, privately-owned residential properties.


School Crime Supplement (SCS)
Collects information about victimization, crime, and safety at school.


School District Review Program (SDRP)
The SDRP allows state officials to review the Census Bureau school district information and to provide the Census Bureau with updates and corrections.


School Pulse Panel
The School Pulse Panel collects extensive data on issues concerning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and staff in U.S. schools.


School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS)
Provides estimates of school crime, discipline, disorder, programs and policies.


Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) Program
The Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program produces single-year estimates of health insurance coverage for every county in the U.S.


Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) Program
The Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program provides more current estimates for the administration and allocation of federal programs and funds.


Special Census Program
Basic enumerations of population, housing units, group quarters and transitory locations conducted by the Census Bureau at the request of a governmental unit.


Statistics in Schools
Your Statistics in Schools "homeroom" gives you the information you need to get a quick understanding of the program's benefits and tools.

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