U.S. Census Bureau Releases the 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates

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From:  American Community Survey Office, U.S. Census Bureau

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2009-2013 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. 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.

New with this release:

  • For the first time, data users will be able to access block group level data via the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder. Previously, this lowest-level geography was only accessible via the Census Bureau’s FTP site.
  • The release includes a new edition of Census Explorer, our gallery of interactive maps. This newest map will feature decennial and ACS data on “Young Adults: Then and Now.” Users can explore selected characteristics for the young adult population in maps featuring the new 5-year estimates as well as 1980, 1990 and 2000 census long form estimates. Users can zoom in from the nation level to the state, county, metropolitan and tract-levels.

Additional releases and updates:

  • Visit our Table Comparison Tool to find comparable tables between ACS 5-year estimates and Census 2000 Summary File 3 detailed tables.
  • The 2009-2013 ACS 5-year Narrative Profiles are available for state, county, place, metropolitan/micropolitan statistical area, ZIP Code Tabulation Area, American Indian Area/Alaska Native Area/Hawaiian Home Land and census tract. Narrative Profiles summarize many topics using nontechnical text and graphs.
  • The 5-year Summary File has been released, as well as additional supporting documentation.

The ACS provides reliable statistics that are indispensable to anyone who has to make informed decisions about the future. These statistics are required by all levels of government to manage or evaluate a wide range of programs, but are also useful for research, education, journalism, business and advocacy. If you have questions about this survey, please call our Customer Services Center on 1 (800) 923-8282.

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