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American Community Survey Profiles

For 10 years, the American Community Survey has provided U.S. communities with detailed information critical for making informed decisions about their people, places and economy. Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest American Community Survey five-year statistics: 2011-2015.

Users can now identify trends for social and economic characteristics for even the smallest communities on a more frequent basis.

Prior to the American Community Survey, these detailed characteristics were only available once a decade from the census. To meet the demand for more current statistics for national and local decision-making, the Census Bureau responded by developing a survey that would provide more timely data. 

As the nation's largest ongoing household survey, the American Community Survey produces statistics annually at all levels of geography, down to the block group level for every community in the nation and Puerto Rico.

It is the only source of small area estimates for social, economic and demographic characteristics. It gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. 

These statistics would not be possible without the participation of the randomly selected households in the survey.  

Links to 2011-2015 Series profiles

Citation Guidance

Note to correspondents: When sourcing the data in this release, please use "American Community Survey: 2011-2015." 

Note: Statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error. All comparisons made in the reports have been tested and found to be statistically significant at the 90 percent confidence level, unless otherwise noted. Please consult the tables for specific margins of error. For more information, go to http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/technical-documentation/code-lists.html

Changes in survey design from year to year can affect results. See http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/news/data-releases.html for more information on changes affecting the statistics. See https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/guidance/comparing-acs-data.html for guidance on comparing American Community Survey statistics with previous years and the 2000 Census.

For More Information

Phyllis Poché
Director, Census State Data Center
UALR Institute for Economic Advancement
2801 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204-1099
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