American Community Survey (ACS) Series

Investigator(s): United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census.

The American Community Survey(ACS) is a nationwide survey designed to provide communities with a fresh look at how they are changing. It will replace the decennial long form in future censuses and is a critical element in the Bureau of the Census' re-engineered 2010 census. The decennial census has two parts, the short form, which counts the population, and the long form, which obtains demographic, housing, social and economic information from a 1-in-6 sample of households. Conducted under the authority of Title 13, United States Code, Sections 141 and 193, full implementation of the American Community Survey is planned in every county in the United States. The survey would include approximately three million households. Response is mandatory and data are collected by mail with Bureau of the Census staff conducting a follow-up with those who do not respond. The goals of the American Community Survey are to provide an information base to federal, state, and local governments for the administration and evaluation of their programs, to improve the 2010 Census, and to provide data users with timely demographic, housing, social, and economic data that can be compared across states, communities, and population groups. The American Community Survey will provide estimates of demographic, housing, social, and economic characteristics every year for all states, as well as for all cities, counties, metropolitan areas, and population groups.

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Most Recent Publications

2015
Stucky, Thomas D.,  Payton, Seth B.,  Ottensmann, John R. Intra- and inter-neighborhood income inequality and crime. Journal of Crime and Justice.
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2014
Berzofsky, Marcus,  Creel, Darryl,  Moore, Andrew,  Smiley-McDonald, Hope,  Krebs, Chris . Imputing NCVS Income Report. NCJ 248563, .
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2014
Fan, Jessie X.,  Wen, Ming,  Kowaleski-Jones, Lori . An ecological analysis of environmental correlates of active commuting in urban U.S.. Health and Place. 30, 242-250.
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2014
Tillyer, Marie S.,  Tillyer, Rob . Violence in context: A multilevel analysis of victim injury in robbery incidents. Justice Quarterly. 31, (4), 767-791.
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2013
Bailey, Martha J. Fifty years of family planning: New evidence on the long-run effects of increasing access to contraception. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. 46, (1), 341-409.
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2013
Beatty, Kate E. Organizational and Structural Factors Related to Accreditation in Local Health Departments. Dissertation, Saint Louis University.
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2013
Santos, Robert,  Long, Sharon K.,  Resnick, Dean,  Wissoker, Douglas,  Kenney, Genevieve M.,  Call, Kathleen Thiede . Developing Subannual Estimates of Health Insurance Coverage from the American Community Survey: Challenges and Promising Next Steps. .
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2012
Voss, Paul R.,  Marton, Krisztina . Small Populations, Large Effects: Improving the Measurement of the Group Quarters Population in the American Community Survey. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
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2011
Barua, Rashmi,  Vidal-Fernandez, Marian . No Pass No Drive: Education and Allocation of Time. Working Paper Series. .
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