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Census Research Guide

A guide to understanding and locating data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau

American Community Survey (ACS)

American Community Survey Data

New Data Every Year!

The American Community Survey collects data on an ongoing basis, January through December, to provide every community with the information they need to make important decisions,  New data are released very year, in the form of estimates, in a variety of tables, tools, and analytical reports.

American Community Survey: Data Profiles

Data Profiles have the most frequently requested social, economic, housing, and demographic data. Each of these four subject areas is a separate data profile. The data profiles summarize the data for a single geographic area, both numbers and percent, to cover the most basic data on all topics.

American Community Survey: Narrative Profiles

Narrative Profiles are short, analytic reports derived from the ACS 5-year estimates. Each Narrative Profile covers 15 different topic areas and provides text and bar charts to display highlights of selected social, economic, housing and demographic estimates for a selected geographic area.

More ACS Tools & Apps

American Community Survey statistics are used in a wide variety of applications throughout the U.S. Census Bureau.

Explore Census Data

Explore Census Data (also known as is the primary access point for all United States Census data from 2000 to the present. It is a source for population, economic, housing, and geographic information and data about the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Island areas.

How far back will the data go in

The earliest data on will be from the 2000 Census. The Census Bureau is  focusing its efforts on moving data from the discontinued American FactFinder to, and preparing for major data releases that will happen exclusively on for the first time (e.g. 2017 Economic Census and 2020 Census). In the future, the Census Bureau may consider the possibility of adding historical data.

How-to Materials for Using

Step-by-step guidance to help navigate the site and find out about new functionality.

Explore Census Data Profiles

Explore Census Data Profiles provide an  overview of your state, county, or place all in one location with our geo-profile pages. They provide high-level statistics about your area regarding people and population, race and ethnicity, families and living arrangements, health, education, business and economy, employment, housing, and income and poverty.

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