American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide survey designed to
provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing. It is a
critical element in the Census Bureau's reengineered decennial census
program. The ACS collects and produces population and housing
information every year instead of every ten years.
Most households in 2000 received a "short form", which contained several basic questions. A sample of households received a "long form", which contained additional questions and provided information on what a community looks like. The ACS replaces the long form and samples ~2.5% of the community on a yearly basis.
For more information on the ACS, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau - American Community Survey website.
Latest American Community Survey Estimates (5-year, 3-year, and 1-year)Top of Page
The California State Data Center generates reports and tabulations from the latest American Community Survey releases by the U.S. Census Bureau. Click Here to be directed to the site.
2012-2016 ACS data for California's Counties, Cities, and Places (5-Year Estimates)Top of Page
The California State Census Data Center has compiled and published
selected data from the 2012-2016 ACS for California's counties, cities, and census
The website link below contains detailed information categorized by age-sex, race, housing, education, household type, employment status, and income-poverty. Historical comparisons are also provided for select datasets
If you will be comparing ACS data to other data sources such as Census 2000, please visit the ACS Comparing Data website. Some general guidance is required before drawing conclusions regarding some of the categorical data.