U.S. Census Bureau Releases First Set of 5-Year American Community Survey Estimates
The U.S. Census
Bureau today released 5-year American Community Survey (ACS) estimates for the
first time, making available social, economic, housing and demographic
statistics for every community in the nation.
Until now, small geographic
areas had to rely on outdated 2000 Census figures for detailed information
about the characteristics of their communities. Consisting of about 11.1
billion individual estimates and covering more than 670,000 distinct
geographies, the 5-year ACS estimates give even the smallest communities more
timely information on topics ranging from commute times to languages spoken at
home to housing values.
including mayors and governors, and private organizations such as chambers of
commerce, rely on ACS estimates on education, housing, jobs, veteran status and
commuting patterns to help them make informed decisions that will affect their
community, such as where to build new schools, hospitals and emergency services.
The extensive data are based on a rolling annual sample survey mailed to about 3 million
addresses between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2009. By pooling several years of
survey responses, the ACS generates detailed statistical
portraits of smaller geographies.
Separate from the 2010 Census, ACS estimates complement the decennial count and
provide estimates of population characteristics that are far more detailed than
the basic demographic information that will be released from the 2010 Census starting in February.