Census Bureau Releases New 5-Year Estimates from the American Community Survey

See the press release just sent out from the U.S. Census Bureau. The new five-year estimates (2007-2011) are now available from the American Community Survey.

U.S. Census Bureau Releases the 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2007-2011 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates, the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socio-economic statistics covering every community in the nation every year. These estimates give even the smallest communities timely information on more than 40 topics, such as educational attainment, income, occupation, commuting to work, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry and selected monthly homeowner costs.

Statistics are available for many distinct geographies including the nation, all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, counties, places,  and census tracts. For the first time, we will also publish estimates by ZIP Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA).  ZCTAs are approximate areal representations of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) 5-digit ZIP code service areas. Each ZCTA is identified by the most frequently occurring USPS ZIP Code for the addresses within that ZCTA, but may include addresses with other ZIP Codes as well.

To access these statistics for all published ACS geographies except those at the block group level, please visit the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder.

Information about accessing block group estimates using the summary file, including links to the FTP site, is available on the ACS Summary File Page.

The ACS provides reliable statistics that are indispensable to anyone who has to make informed decisions about the future. These statistics are required by all levels of government to manage or evaluate a wide range of programs, but are also useful for research, education, journalism, business and advocacy. If you have questions about this survey, please call our Customer Services Center on 1 (800) 923-8282.

Thank you,

American Community Survey Office

U.S. Census Bureau

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