American Community Survey Statistics Give Communities Detailed Look at Income, Poverty, Health Insurance and Many other Statistics
Cross-post from Random Samplings, the official blog of the U.S. Census Bureau
The following blog was written by James B. Treat
The American Community Survey statistics released today provide information for geographies with populations of 65,000 or more on many different topics, including income, poverty and health insurance. While national level statistics on these topics were released earlier this week from the Current Population Survey, many states and communities also rely on getting this information from the American Community Survey.
These ACS statistics that cover 2012 will be followed by new releases of statistics from data collected over three- and five-year periods later this year, allowing you to explore these topics for every community in the nation.
As the nation’s most comprehensive survey, the American Community Survey is unique in its ability to produce annual statistics on housing, economic and population measures for even the smallest geographic areas and population groups. With today’s release, you can find statistics on a variety of topics including commute times, housing costs, educational attainment and characteristics of veterans.
Retailers, homebuilders, police departments, and town and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision makers who count on these annual results.
Looking at income, poverty and health insurance statistics provided by the American Community Survey helps communities measure their economic well-being as well as plan resource needs, such as allocating funds for food, health care, job training, housing and other assistance programs. For more information on the American Community Survey please visit census.gov/acs.