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About the ACS Data Users Group

In partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and Sabre Systems have formed a new American Community Survey Data Users Group. The purpose of the ACS Data Users Group is to improve understanding of the value and utility of ACS data and to promote information sharing among data users about key ACS data issues and applications. Membership in the group is free and open to all interested ACS data users. The group is led by a Steering Committee comprised of selected external stakeholders representing a broad spectrum of data users with different interests. To facilitate communication among ACS data users, PRB and Sabre Systems will maintain an online community forum, organize webinars and special sessions at professional meetings, and hold an annual ACS Data Users Conference. Read more.

ACS Data Users Conference

Nearly 300 ACS data users attended the inaugural ACS Data Users Conference, held May 29-30, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Capitol in Washington, D.C. The program included more than 40 contributed presentations by ACS data users, an invited plenary session by top Census Bureau staff, and keynote addresses by Dr. Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and John H. Thompson, director of the U.S. Census Bureau. The purpose of the conference was to facilitate information sharing among data users about key ACS data issues and applications and to promote networking. The conference was organized by the Population Reference Bureau and Sabre Systems in partnership with staff from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Conference Sessions

  • Plenary session featuring presentations by top U.S. Census Bureau staff
  • Aggregating ACS Estimates and Calculating Margins of Error
  • Using ACS in GIS and Data Visualization Applications
  • Keynote addresses by Dr. Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and John H. Thompson, director of the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Applications of ACS Data for Income and Poverty
  • Applications of ACS Data for Employment and Commuting
  • Applications of ACS Data for Health Insurance and Disability
  • Housing Applications Using ACS Data
  • Using ACS Data from NHGIS, Summary Files, IPUMS, PUMS, and Custom Tabulations
  • Using the ACS to Look at Small Population Groups and Trends Over Time
  • Issues and Limitations in Using Small-Area ACS Data
  • Applications of ACS Data for Migration Patterns and Trends

Copies of the conference presentations (in PDFs) have been posted in the ACS Online Community.

News and Events

The Census Bureau Requests Your Feedback on the American Community Survey
The U.S. Census Bureau has just launched a new feedback form for American Community Survey (ACS) data users. They want to know which data you use most frequently, how you use it, and if the ACS is your only source. This feedback will help inform the Census Bureau about which questions are particularly important to ACS data users. Feedback will be collected through mid-July. This form is part of the larger ACS Content Review process currently under way at the Census Bureau. For more information about the ACS Content Review process, visit the Census Bureau's website or watch the recent webinar by Census Bureau staff on this topic.

WEBINARS

SESSIONS AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS