Join the American Community Survey (ACS) Online Community, where people can share messages, materials, and announcements related to ACS data, methods, and events. And review a brief tutorial for new community members.
ACS Data Users Conference (#ACSConf15)
Register Now for the 2nd annual ACS Data Users Conference, to be held on May 11-13, 2015 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. Space at the conference is limited and registration is on a first come/first served basis. There is no registration fee for the conference but participants are responsible for covering their own expenses, including travel, hotel, and meals. The deadline for registration is Monday May 4th.
We have put together an exciting program that brings together ACS data users and staff from the U.S. Census Bureau to increase understanding of the value and utility of ACS data and to promote information sharing among data users about key ACS data issues and applications. The conference will include contributed presentations by ACS data users, invited sessions, hands-on training, informal roundtable discussions, and opportunities for networking.
The conference opens with a pre-meeting workshop for novice ACS data users at 1:00 p.m. on Monday May 11. Conference sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday May 12 with a Plenary Session, “Looking Ahead: What’s Next for the ACS?” featuring presentations by John H. Thompson, Director of the Census Bureau, and James B. Treat, Chief of the ACS Office at the Census Bureau. The conference will end at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 12 following an invited panel presentation featuring Dr. Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the Department of Commerce.
For hotel reservations, visit the hotel website or call them at 301-985-7300 and provide your assigned Group Code (SABSABA). We have blocked a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate of $171, so please book early to ensure your reservation. The group rate is valid for booking through April 20, 2015. The College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is located at 3501 University Blvd E, Hyattsville, MD 20783. Read More
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.
RELEASE OF CENSUS BUREAU'S 2014 PLANNING DATABASE
The Census Bureau has just released the 2014 Planning Database (PDB) of selected 2008-2012 American Community Survey estimates and selected 2010 Census data for census tracts and block groups. The PDB provides small area demographic, housing, and socioeconomic data that may be particularly useful to a wide range of users for planning and analysis. In addition, the PDB includes a new Low Response Score (LRS) for each tract and block group, an indicator of how difficult an area is likely to be in gaining census and survey participation. The LRS methodology is documented in a paper available on the link below.
Files and documentation can be accessed at: www.census.gov/research/data/planning_database/.
A one-page flyer describing the new Planning Database is also available.
- Combining ACS Data with Other Data Sources, Feb. 19, 2015
- Using the ACS for Local Area Planning and Analysis: The 2014 Planning Database, Nov. 19, 2014
- Update on Results of the ACS Content Review at the U.S. Census Bureau, Oct. 30, 2014
- Overview of the American Community Survey 2014 Content Review, April 9, 2014
- Using ACS Multiyear Estimates: Issues and Best Practices, Feb. 27, 2014
- Using the ACS to Look at Trends Over Time (Intermediate/Advanced), Dec. 13, 2013
- Tutorial on the ACS Data Users Group Online Community, Oct. 10, 2013
- ACS Data for Small Geographic Areas and Population Subgroups, July 2013
SESSIONS AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS
- Rural Sociological Society, New Orleans (July 30-Aug. 3, 2014): "Using the American Community Survey for Rural Research"
- Population Association of America, Boston (April 30, 2014): "Benefits and Challenges of the American Community Survey" and "Improving the Reliability of Small Area Estimates From the ACS"
- Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Tampa (April 9, 2014): "The American Community Survey: Program Developments, New Tools and Applications, and the ACS Data Users Group"
- Southern Demographic Association Annual Conference, Montgomery, AL (Oct. 24, 2013): "The American Community Survey: New Developments and Innovative Applications"
- The Association of Public Data Users Annual Conference, Washington, DC (Sept. 17, 2013): "The American Community Survey: New Developments and Innovative Applications"
ACS DATA USERS CONFERENCE, MAY 2014
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.
- 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.