NEWS15 December 2010

Census Bureau releases five-year estimates from American Community Survey

Government North America

US— The Census Bureau yesterday published the first in what will become an annual release of five-year estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS), detailing the social, economic and demographic make-up of more than 670,000 distinct geographies.

Previously, the Census Bureau said, small geographic areas had to rely on “outdated 2000 Census figures” for detailed information about the characteristics of their communities.

The ACS data can be downloaded here. It is based on a rolling annual sample survey mailed to almost three million addresses nationally.

Census Bureau director Robert Groves (pictured) said: “These estimates deliver on our commitment to Congress to provide timely statistics on our communities and our economy, allowing for a more efficient government.”