American Community Survey 2014-2018 5-Year Estimates Released

The U.S. Census Bureau released new 5-year estimates from the 2014­-2018 American Community Survey (ACS) on December 19. The ACS is a nationwide survey designed to provide communities with reliable and timely social, economic, housing, and demographic data every year. Each month a sample of houses receives a questionnaire, making the ACS a continuous survey. About 3.5 million addresses are sampled every year. Data for each release of the 5-year estimates were collected over a 5-year period ending December 31 of the reference year. The 5-year estimates are the most reliable and precise of the ACS period estimates.

The latest release contains data on more than 40 demographic topics, including age, sex distribution, labor force participation rate, income, poverty, educational attainment, Internet access, and veteran status. The estimates also include data on housing and living arrangements. The press release calls attention to the fact that 54.4% of renters age 65 years or older spend more than 30% of their income on housing.

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