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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

2024 Census Survey
The 2024 Census Survey is a small-scale test providing insight into how people engage with the online questionnaire and the invitation materials received.

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.

Ask U.S. Panel Pilot
The Ask U.S. Panel pilot invited households to participate in an initiative to improve the ways the federal government collects information from the public.

Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS)
The Census Bureau conducts the BAS annually to collect information about selected legally defined geographic areas.

Census Household Panel

Census Military Panel
The Military Panel is national survey panel by the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).

Community Resilience Estimates
The Census Bureau’s CRE provide an easily understood metric for how at-risk every neighborhood in the United States is to the impacts of COVID-19.

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.

Enhancing Health Data (EHealth) Program
Research program that identifies existing gaps in federal statistics which can be filled by enhancing health records with unique Census Bureau data assets.

Household Pulse Survey
The Household Pulse Survey is designed to deploy quickly and efficiently to measure how emergent social and economic issues are impacting U.S. households.

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

Metropolitan and Micropolitan
Metropolitan and micropolitan areas are geographic entities used by Federal statistical agencies in collecting, tabulating, and publishing Federal statistics.

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 Household Education Survey (NHES)
Provides descriptive data on the educational activities of the population and offers a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States.

National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN)
The NSSRN is sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human 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 Children’s Health – Longitudinal Cohort (NSCH-LC)
The National Survey of Children’s Health - Longitudinal Cohort (NSCH-LC) is sponsored by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

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.

National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS)
Provides descriptive data on elementary and secondary education and provides a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States.

National Training, Education, and Workforce Survey (NTEWS)
Provides information on the education and work credentials of adults with a special focus on the skilled technical workforce.

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.

Page Last Revised - October 25, 2023
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