The Data Explorer is the primary tool used to access Census data.  It also gives users access to other key datasets, such as the American Community Survey (ACS), Economic Census and other survey data. 

The Census Bureau hosted a webinar and a series of tutorials to demonstrate the enhanced features and functions of the Data Explorer.

Creating ACS Data Tables

To obtain the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) data, users typically must design their own customized table

To access ACS data, go to the, and click on "Advanced Search" features.  To more easily locate ACS data and create a table, use this method for workforce-related data analysis and planning purposes.

Selecting filters

1. Select from the “Topics,” and choose your desired dataset. 
2. Then choose the product from the listing that you desire for the years of data you are requesting - a table, map, etc.
3. After making your selection, click on the “Customize” button, and choose a geography (state, county, or smaller jurisdiction - the default choice is for the national total), subtopic and/or particular year.
4. After you select the filters desired, the number of table or map choices should have narrowed considerably.  If filters are selected, they will be reordered with your choices in the "Selections" tab.

About the Data

With ACS data, you also have a choice among three data sets: 1-year data, or combined 3-year or 5-year data sets.

For areas with relatively small populations, the combined-year data sets enable the user to obtain data with a lower margin of error.

Under the "Population and People” category, you will most commonly be selecting topics related to education, employment, or income and earnings.  The “Employment” category includes data on occupations, industry, part-time/full-time status, class of worker, work disability status, etc. 

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