Applied uses of American Community Survey: success stories

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Subject: ACS Data User Stories

The American Community Survey Office at the U.S. Census Bureau is interested in learning more about how businesses, nonprofit organizations, governments (fed/state/local), economic development offices, etc… use the American Community Survey (ACS), so that we can speak about how valuable the survey is. If you have specific examples you would be willing to share with them on the ways that you or those in your networks uses ACS data, please send to or

Thank you,
Lakiva M Pullins
Chief, Data Users Branch
Customer Liaison & Marketing Services Office
U.S. Census Bureau

Letter for 3-year ACS

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Letter supporting the 3-year ACS data product: ACS3Year_March2015

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; ACS

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The Calforinia State Data Center submitted this response to Federal Register / Vol. 76 / No. 46.

ACS Review Pilot Project Feedback Conference Call

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The SDC Steering Committee participated in a conference call to discuss the completion of the ACS Review Pilot Project. States supplied feedback on the 2009 unresolved ACS measures and this information was provided to the Census Bureau. The conference call was used to discuss the types of feedback that were supplied and the next steps for future reviews. Here are the minutes from the conference call.

Joint Letter in Support of a Statistical Calculator to be Incorporated into American FactFinder

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The joint steering committees (FSCPE, CIC, and SDC) all signed this letter on behalf of the respective networks to Director Groves in support of a statistical calculator to be incorporated into American FactFinder.  The statistical calculator requirements were also forwarded to the Bureau with the letter.

A response was received from the Director indicating that the new AFF will be adding some functionality similar to the statistical calculator recommendations in 2012.

Another Tool for Calculating ACS Margins of Error and Significance

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Daniel Sheres at the D.C. Office of Planning has compiled all the equations for calculating ACS statistics (margins of error, statistical significance, etc.) into the following spreadsheet: