May 20, 2022

Reference: U.S. Census Bureau Releases the 2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

From the U.S. Census:

The 2008-2012 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year estimates, the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socio-economic statistics covering every community in the nation every year [are new available via the U.S. Census FactFinder database].

These 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.

This is the first ACS 5-year release that includes statistics at the neighborhood level for the following topic areas:

  • Disability
  • Marital History
  • VA Service-Connected Disability Status and Rating
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Year of Naturalization

The ACS releases 5-year estimates annually providing refreshed statistics for many distinct geographies including the nation, all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, counties, places, ZCTAs, census tracts, and block groups.

To access these statistics for all published ACS geographies except those at the block group level, please visit the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder.

Information about accessing block group estimates using the ACS Summary File, including links to the FTP site, is available on the ACS Summary File Page.  Watch the Summary Retrieval Tool video for additional information on accessing block group estimates.

See Also: American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates Were Released in November

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