January 16, 2022

New Data Online: Census Bureau Releases New Set of 5-Year American Community Survey Estimates

From the U.S. Census News Release:

The U.S. Census Bureau today released findings from the American Community Survey ─ the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socio-economic statistics covering every community in the nation every year ─ for the combined years from 2006 to 2010.

Consisting of about 11 billion individual estimates and covering more than 670,000 distinct geographies, the five-year estimates give even the smallest communities timely information on more than 40 topics, such as educational attainment, income, occupation, commuting to work, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry and selected monthly homeowner costs.

Statistics are available for many distinct geographies including the nation, all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, counties, places, and census tracts.

To access these statistics, please visit the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder.

This year, all published tables will be available on American FactFinder for all published ACS geographies except those at the block group level; block group data will only be available on the summary file. Information about accessing the summary file, including links to the FTP site, and DataFerrett, is available on the ACS Summary File Page.

Two Briefs Using the Five-Year Estimates

In addition to the estimates released in the 940 detailed tables through American FactFinder, the Census Bureau is also releasing today two five-year ACS briefs, which are short, topic-based reports that analyze statistics for a wide range of topics. These new five-year briefs join the series previously only using one-year data and estimates. The five-year briefs take advantage of the very small geography and groups that can only be estimated with five years of data.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.