American Community Survey

American Community Survey Maps

2019 Estimated Population by County
2010 to 2019 Estimated Population Change by County

What is the American Community Survey?

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides vital information on a yearly basis about our nation and its people. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $675 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.  This data is also assimilated by the Census Bureau so the validity and application of this data to the analysis necessary for the redistricting process is worthwhile and helpful. 

While this is not the official dataset and demographics necessary for official redistricting decisions, this is relevant information that is available now. While we are preparing for the release of the official 2020 Census Data, the 2019 ACS data is being used to identify and plan for the major changes that will have to be done to draw districts to accommodate the changing demographics within our state.  Any of the work that will be done utilizing the ACS data will be for analytical and planning purposes only and cannot be considered official decisions or plans

What is the difference between ACS Data and Census Data?

ACS Data

  • Conducted every month, every year
  • Sent to a sample of addresses (about 3.5 million) in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico
  • Asks about topics not on the 2020 Census, such as education, employment, internet access, and transportation
  • Provides current information to communities every year.  It also provides local and national leaders with the information they need for programs, economic development, emergency management, and understanding local issues and conditions

Census Data

  • Conducted every ten years
  • Counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories
  • Asks a shorter set of questions, such as age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, and owner/renter status
  • Provides an official count of the population, which determines congressional representation.  Also provides critical data that lawmakers and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for communities.

All information on this page is in reference to the United Census Bureau.

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