American Community Survey 2012
-- 2008-12 5-Year Estimates
There are several things to like about the new American Community Survey 2012 (ACS 2012) 5-year demographic-economic data (available 12/17/13). These data are one year more recent data than released in December 2012 (the ACS 2011 5-year data). As a result, they provide an updated and more current picture. Two, this is a third year sequel to having Census 2010 vintage census tract and block group data available. This de facto three year mini-time series enables a start to examine trends. Three, these estimates are centric to mid-2010 and thus roughly comparable to what would have been "richer demographics" from Census 2010 (had the long-form not been eliminated). This enables a rough comparison between 2000 and 2010 (it will be the best opportunity ever). These data provide unique and powerful measures that facilitate development of decision-making information.
This section is focused on ACS 2012 5-year estimates data access and use, applications using these data and the integration and analysis of these data with other data. Census 2010 and ACS 2012 provide the most current Census-sourced demographics for wide-ranging geography.
News & Updates -- scroll section
Interactive Ranking Tables -- scroll section
5-Year Estimates Technical Documentation PDF
5-Year Estimates TableShells XLS
API Data Access & Use
Use the CV APIGateway to access ACS 2012 5-year estimates by block group (the low level geographic data availability for these data) and higher level geography. Extracted datasets may be integrated directly with shapefiles for thematic mapping and pattern analysis. The graphic shown below illustrates use of ACS 5-year block group data extracted using the APIGateway and integrated into a block group shapefile, all developed with CV XE GIS.
Washington DC Area; Median Household Income by BlockGroup
Subject Matter Tables and Data Availability
The interactive table below provides a list of all tables included in the 5-year estimates summary file. Use this table to determine availability of subject matter items of interest.
ACS 2008-2012 Tables -- Interactive Table
Click column header to sort; click again to sort other direction.
Click ShowAll between queries. See usage notes below table.
See related Ranking Tables Main Page
Click ShowAll and then the BG button below the table to view which tables are available for block group level geography. The table initial sort order is the same as in Appendix E of the technical documentation. Sort in table number ascending order by clicking the TableID column header cell. TableIDs ending with PR contain data only for Puerto Rico.
About ACS. The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide survey conducted by the Census Bureau designed to provide more frequently updated demographics for national and sub-national geography than provided by the decennial census program. The ACS collects and produces population and housing information every year instead of every ten years The ACS currently has an annual sample size of about 3.5 million addresses. ACS is integrally connected with Census 2010.
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