American Community Survey

demographics survey program conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau

The American Community Survey is a yearly survey done by the United States Census Bureau. It gathers information from the longer censuses done every 10 years such as citizenship and income. This data is used to learn about communities of people.[1]

American Community Survey
The logo of the American Community Survey
Location(s)4600 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Maryland, U.S.
EstablishedJanuary 2005; 19 years ago (2005-01)
Participants3.5 million households/year

It is sent to 295,000 houses every month or 3.5 million addresses every year and it is the largest housing survey that the Census Bureau gives out.[2]

It gathers information in every state and Washington, D.C.. It does not gather information from U.S territories such as Guam and American Samoa.[3][4]


  1. Eberstadt, Nicholas; Nunn, Ryan; Schanzenbach, Diane W.; Strain, Michael. In Order That They Might Rest Their Arguments on Facts: The Vital Role of Government-Collected Data.
  2. US Census Bureau. "ACS Information Guide". p. 8. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  3. Archived 2019-12-12 at the Wayback Machine Frequently Asked Questions to Accompany the Estimates of at Least the Top 15 Languages Spoken by Individuals with Limited English Proficiency under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Page 2. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  4. Archived 2019-08-30 at the Wayback Machine U.S. Census Bureau. An Overview Of the American Community Survey. Page 5. Retrieved August 30, 2019.