A multitude of Census Bureau surveys serve as the leading source of quality data about our nation's people and economy.

Narrative Profiles


Demographic and economic Narrative Profiles are short, analytic reports derived from the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates.


Each Narrative Profile covers 15 different topic areas, and provides text and bar charts to display highlights of selected social, economic, housing and demographic estimates for a selected geographic area.


Narrative Profiles are available by state, county, place, metropolitan/micropolitan statistical area, ZIP code tabulation area, American Indian Area/Alaska Native area/Hawaiian home land and Census tract.


American Community Survey (ACS)


The ACS is the only source of small area estimates for social, economic and demographic characteristics.


As examples in the video on ACS Stats in Action show, users can now identify trends for socio-economic characteristics for even the smallest communities on a more frequent basis.


The ACS is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as educational attainment, occupation, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry.


The ACS 5-year estimates are the most relied-on source for up-to-date social, economic, and housing information every year.  These statistics cover all geographic areas regardless of size, down to the block-group level.


The ACS five-year statistics allow users to compare two non-overlapping five-year data sets, such as from 2005 to 2009 and from 2010 to 2014.


See also When to Use 1-Year, 3-Year, or 5-Year Estimates




Other Surveys


The Census of Governments occurs every five years and identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local government sector. It provides authoritative benchmark figures of public finance and public employment, classifies local government organizations, powers, and activities, and measures federal, state, and local fiscal relationships.


Also known as the Census of Population and Housing, the Decennial U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It takes place every 10 years and captures who we are and where we are going as a nation.  This census helps our communities and the government decide how to distribute funds and assistance to states and localities.  It is also used to draw the lines of legislative districts and reapportion the seats each state holds in Congress.


The Economic Census is the U.S. Government's official five-year measure of American business and the economy for planning and key economic reports, and economic development and business decisions.  The last Economic Census was conducted during the year ending December 2012. 


            Unpublished SIPP Disability Employment Data, 2001-11