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What is the American Community Survey? When are the data annually released?

What is the American Community Survey? When are the data annually released?

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an extensive survey administered by the Census Bureau.  It contains estimates for a broad range of data, including income, health, poverty, education, and employment.  The ACS releases data estimates for 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year time periods (the 1- and 3-year estimates are restricted to geographies with more than 65,000 and 20,000 people, respectively).  The Census Bureau discourages direct comparisons between overlapping 3- and 5-year periods. ACS data are generally released in the last third of the calendar year.  For the most up-to-date information on data releases, visit the ACS Data Release Information Page.

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