The American Community Survey (ACS) is administered by the Census Bureau and samples a small percentage of the population every year, providing communities the information they need to plan for public investments and services.
The ACS replaced the “long form” of the decennial census after the year 2000, and is one of the best sources of local data.
ACS data are primarily available through the Census Bureau’s Data Explorer resource.
The Census Bureau also offers a data tool to extract raw ACS data, called DataFerrett.
Tips for Using Data Explorer
Start with the “Advanced Search” option of the Data Explorer, and click on “Topics.” Demographic topics (except housing) are included under the “Populations and People” subheading.
The site allows you to drill down to some of the most detailed topics and geographies, download data files, and create customized maps.
Tips for Using ACS Tables
ACS tables include“Economic Characteristics” and “Social Characteristics” plus a variety of data on different topics.
- Data Profiles Selector