A Milestone for the American Community Survey

After releasing new five-year estimates this week, the American Community Survey now offers three sets of five-year data that don't overlap, providing even more data for the analysis of local trends.

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December 11, 2020, 5:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates on December 10, making a major milestone for the program as the third set of five-year estimates created by the ACS.

"This is another step in fulfilling the vision for the ACS to provide government, businesses and the general public with more frequent data than the once-a-decade decennial census," according to an article for the Census Bureau written by Nicole Scanniello.

"The ACS data cover social, economic, housing and demographic characteristics. They allow federal and state government, businesses, researchers, communities and others to understand changes in specific geographies and population groups," according to Scanniello.

With the new historical scope possible with this latest batch of five-year data, Scanniello offers guidance on how and why to use the data.

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