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The American Community Survey is a new nationwide survey designed to provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing. It will replace the long form in future censuses and is a critical element in the Census Bureau’s reengineered 2010 census plan.

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Latest ACS Alert
Alert 26 released 09/13
August 26, 2004
2003 Data Products released!
   2003 Data Profiles
   2003 Multi-Year Profiles
   2003 Ranking Tables
The ACS is vital to economic development, and for wise government and business decision making. Joan Naymark, Target Corporation
Quite simply, up-to-date statistical information equals more accurate use of our money and our efforts. Thomas Reardon, Executive Director, Fulton County, PA Partnership
Accurate knowledge of the characteristics of people who live in Lower Manhattan neighborhoods helps planners make decisions on development that is suitable for future residents. Joseph Salvo, City of New York, Department of City Planning
Go to Data Tables Section

2003 Data Profiles - demographic, social, economic, and housing data for over 800 geographical areas. Select a state from the dropdown menu to start your search.

2003 Multi-Year Profiles - data from 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 side-by-side for 195 geographical areas.


Go to Ranking Tables Section
2003 Ranking Tables - quick view of states, counties, and places ranked on key issues - available in table and chart format.

Check out these Highlighted Rankings:
 Percent People Below Poverty Level
 Median Household Income
 Percent Children Below Poverty Level

Previous Years: 2002, 2001, 2000


Go to Public Use Microdata Section
2003 datasets now available!
Use our download tool to get Public Use Microdata Samples for 2000 through 2003.

2003 PUMS Top Coded Values

Previous Years available: 1998, 1997, 1996

2002 PUMS Top Coded Values

2001 PUMS Top Coded Values

2000 PUMS Top Coded Values

Go to Survey Basics Section
Congressional Tool Kit - "portable" information on the ACS in pdf format.

Federal Agency Information Program - assisting federal agency transition from Census long-form data to ACS data.

Learn more about the Puerto Rico Community Survey -- available in English and Spanish.

Other Survey Basics topics: Survey Questionnaire, Sample Size, Sample Selection.


Go to Using the Data
Quality Measures - 2003 data now available: response rates, coverage rates, sample size and allocation rates at the state and national level.

Accuracy of the Data - 2003 - providing data users with a basic understanding of the sample design, estimation methodology, and accuracy of the data.

Subject Defintions - definitions on population and housing variables to help you understand the results of the American Community Survey.


Go to Advanced Methodology Section
ACS 1999-2001 and Census 2000 Comparison Study - a new study comparing the ACS data from 1999 - 2001 in the 36 Test counties to the corresponding Census 2000 Sample data.

Papers and Presentations -- an extensive collection of papers and presentations on ACS topics dating from 1994 to the present.

Evaluation Report Series- An in-depth series of reports on the continuing development of the ACS.


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