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American Community Survey (ACS)

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau to provide communities with demographic, social, economic, and housing data every year. The California State Data Center generates reports and tabulations from data files released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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California American Community Survey 1-Year Report 

This report provides an overview of the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of California's population. Topics include income, poverty, education, health insurance coverage, language, place of birth, migration, and more. The tabulations in this report are based on special data runs from the American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample 1-year file.  This ACS report will be produced annually to facilitate the examination of changes in the state over time.  


2013 AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY (1-year estimates)  NEW!!!!

Social and economic characteristics data, such as, income, poverty, education, marital status, health insurance coverage, disability and much more.

American FactFinder (factfinder2.census.gov)—All data and all geographies from the 2013 ACS.

Selected Data for California, Counties, and Places of 65,000+ population


2008-2012 AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY (5-year estimates)   

Social and economic characteristics data, such as, income, poverty, education, marital status, health insurance coverage, disability and much more.

American FactFinder (factfinder2.census.gov)—All data and all geographies from the 2008-2012 ACS.

Selected Data for California, Counties, Incorporated Cities and Census Designated Places


2010-2012 American Community Survey (3-year estimates)  

Social and economic characteristics data, such as, income, poverty, education, marital status, health insurance coverage, disability and much more.

American FactFinder (factfinder2.census.gov)—All data and all geographies from the 2010-2012 ACS.

Selected Data for California, Counties, and Places of 20,000+ population


2012 American Community Survey (1-year estimates)

Social and economic characteristics data, such as, income, poverty, education, marital status, health insurance coverage, disability and much more.

American FactFinder (factfinder2.census.gov)—All data and all geographies from the 2012 ACS.

Selected Data for California, Counties, and Places of 65,000+ population


County to County Migration Flows (2007-2011 American Community Survey)


2007-2011 American Community Survey (5-year estimates)

Social and economic characteristics data, such as, income, poverty, education, marital status, health insurance coverage, disability and much more.

American FactFinder (factfinder2.census.gov)—All data for geographies census tract or larger from the 2007-2011 ACS.

Selected Data for California, Counties, Incorporated Cities and Census Designated Places

Selected Data for ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs)


2009-2011 American Community Survey (3-year estimates)

Social and economic characteristics data, such as, income, poverty, education, marital status, health insurance coverage, disability and much more.

American FactFinder (factfinder2.census.gov)—All data and all geographies from the 2009-2011 ACS.

Selected Data for California, Counties, and Places of 20,000+ population


2011 American Community Survey (1-year estimates)

Social and economic characteristics data, such as, income, poverty, education, marital status, health insurance coverage, disability and much more.

American FactFinder (factfinder2.census.gov)—All data and all geographies from the 2011 ACS.

Selected Data for California, Counties, and Places of 65,000+ population


Commute Flows by County (2006-2010 American Community Survey)  


2006-2010 American Community Survey - Selected Population Tables (5-year estimates) by RACE/Ethnicity 


2006-2010 American Community Survey (5-year estimates)  


2008-2010 American Community Survey (3-year estimates) 

Data for California, Counties, and Places of 20,000+ population


2010 American Community Survey (1-year estimates)

These are the first ACS estimates of social and economic data with geography and population controls consistent with the 2010 Census.

Data for California, Counties, and Places of 65,000+ population


2005-2009 American Community Survey (5-year estimates)

Important Note: The geographic areas in this file are based on the 2000 Census places. Newer areas are not included. Also these data do not reflect the results of the 2010 Census.


American Community Survey Tutorials  


About the ACS

The U.S. Census Bureau releases three ACS tabulations each year:

Product

Population
Threshold

Geographies

1-year estimates

 65,000+

Nation, State, County, Place

3-year estimates

 20,000+

Nation, State, County, Place

5-year estimates

 None

All Nation, State, County, Place, Census Tract, Block Group, and School Districts.

  • For each survey product, 1-, 3-, and 5-year estimates, the Census Bureau produces two data files the Summary File and the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS).
    • Summary Files are a set of basic and detailed tables of predetermined cross-tabulations. The easiest way to view these tables is through the new American FactFinder (factfinder2.census.gov). From American FactFinder, you can view detailed tables, comparisons, profiles for specific geography, and more.
    • Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) is for advanced data user who need to create tabulations not available in the Summary File. The PUMS contains a sample of survey returns with all personal identification removed. PUMS tabulations are only possible for the predefined geography of Public Use Microdata Area (PUMA) which have at least 100,000 population. See the ACS PUMS website (www.census.gov) for more information.

      The California State Data Center staff can generate special tabulations from the ACS PUMS upon request. A fee may be charged to cover costs.
  • ACS Subject Definitions (www.census.gov): Definitions of terms and variables in the 2012 American Community Survey including comparability with the 2000 Census and question history within the ACS. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Handbooks for Data Users (www.census.gov): A series of handbooks for different audiences including the media, state and local government officials, and researchers. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Survey Design and Methodology (www.census.gov): Detailed report on the survey design and methodology used to conduct the ACS. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • The American Community Survey website (www.census.gov)

Comments and suggestions? Please e-mail ficalpop@dof.ca.gov.