American Community Survey

American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an on-going, nationwide survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau. It is sent to a sample of the population and tells us what the population looks like and how it lives. The American Community Survey replaced the long form in the 2010 Decennial Census. The survey includes state- and local-level data profiles (both tabular and narrative) on demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics.

The Census Data Primer is a brief, easy-to-understand explanation of the ACS, including a chart to illustrate how the ACS differs from the 2010 Census. Access American Community Survey Data through American Fact Finder

Understanding and Using ACS Data

Cooper Center ACS Guides

Census Bureau ACS Handbooks and Guides

Understanding and Using Multiyear Estimates

Accessing ACS Data

Census Bureau's American Factfinder (AFF)