How do I get data from the American Community Survey?

Get Started Accessing ACS Data Check out, the Census Bureau’s main data dissemination tool. Here, you can access tables and maps with ACS data. You can also view Resources for step-by-step guidance, video tutorials, FAQs, and more.

Is the American Community Survey legitimate?

The American Community Survey is a legitimate survey conducted by the Census Bureau. Unlike the every-10-year census, this survey continues all year, every year. We randomly sample addresses in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

What happens if I don’t answer the American Community Survey?

. anyone over 18 years old who refuses or willfully neglects to complete the questionnaire or answer questions posed by census takers from a fine of not more than $100 to not more than $5,000.

What was the 2010 Census count?

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the 2010 Census showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538. The resident population represented an increase of 9.7 percent over the 2000 U.S. resident population of 281,421,906.

How do I access census data tables?

While many data tables are now available in, you can browse and download additional data tables by topic and year.

Is the American Community Survey unconstitutional?

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects them from government searches unless there is some compelling reason for them. But the reasons for making the ACS mandatory are not at all compelling.

What is the difference between American Community Survey and census?

The American Community Survey provides information about the social and economic needs of your community every year. The census is conducted every ten years to provide an official count of the entire U.S. population to Congress.

Can you decline the American Community Survey?

Those who decline to complete the survey may receive visits to their homes from Census Bureau personnel. Because it is a mandatory survey, it is governed by federal laws that could impose a fine of as much as $5,000 for refusing to participate. To date, no person has been prosecuted for refusing to answer the ACS.

What happened in the 2010 Census?

From May through July, the Census Bureau contacted about 47 million nonresponding households and on December 21, 2010, released the official state population figures and total U.S. resident population of 308,745,538 as of Census Day.

How did the census change in 2010?

For the 2010 census, the long- and short-form questionnaires used from 1940 to 2000 were replaced by a single questionnaire asking 10 questions. The questions asked by the long-form questionnaire are now asked by the annual American Community Survey.