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American Community Survey (ACS)

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What is it?

America is changing, and so is the census. The American Community Survey lets communities see how they are changing - filling in the gaps between each 10-year census.

The ACS:

  • is sent to a small percentage of our population on a rotating basis;
  • helps determine how more than $300 billion per year is distributed;
  • informs decisions on policies, programs, and services for communities;
  • is also conducted in Puerto Rico, where it is called the Puerto Rico Community Survey.


2006 ACS Data Products

What’s Different for 2006

Looking Ahead

Technical Products

Key Dates

Contact Us

Contact the American Community Survey Office by email or by phone at 1-888-456-7215, or visit for further information on the American Community Survey.


The survey questionnaires are examples of the forms that we send to sample addresses.

Language Brochures

Information about the American Community Survey is available in the following languages [PDF]:

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau  |  American Community Survey Office  |  Page Last Modified: March 26, 2008