A program of the U.S. Census Bureau and an important compliment to the Decennial Census, the American Community Survey (ACS) is the most comprehensive and representative public data source we have concerning the socioeconomic characteristics of America, ranging from the national level to the local level. For instance, the ACS provides us with critical information on topics such as educational attainment and poverty. Data from the ACS are used to make decisions about a wide variety of government initiatives. Furthermore, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions all use the ACS.
To learn more about the American Community Survey, please visit this website: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/about_the_survey/american_community_survey/.
Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill that would terminate the American Community Survey. The Economic Census is facing a similar scenario.
If you would like to learn more about these changes and responses from the U.S. Census Bureau, please visit this website: http://directorsblog.blogs.census.gov/2012/05/11/a-future-without-key-social-and-economic-statistics-for-the-country/.