New 5-year Estimates from American Community Survey Released

The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2011-2015 five-year American Community Survey (ACS) estimates on December 8. The ACS is an annual nationwide survey of approximately 3.5 million households that collects data about the demographic, housing, economic, and commuting characteristics of the U.S population. The Census Bureau combines 5 years of data to create a sample large enough to calculate estimates for all geographic locations, including rural, and for areas as small as census tracts.

The Census Bureau provides narrative profiles derived from the ACS 5-year estimates for selected geographic areas, including states, counties, places, and census tracts. The profiles cover 17 different topic areas, including income and housing cost burdens. The narrative profile website is at:

The full range of ACS 5-year estimates is available at American Factfinder:

Additional guidance for ACS data users is available at: