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Congressional Tool Kit

Federal Agency Information Program

Survey Questionnaire
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Survey Definitions

What is the Survey?

Special Surveys - Puerto Rico
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Sample Selection

Sample Size

Data Collection

Data Dissemination
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ACS Operations Plan

Group Quarters

ACS Design and Methodology Paper [PDF 7.4Mb]

Subjects Planned for the 2010 Census and ACS

Questions Planned for the 2010 Census and ACS

ACS and the AIAN Population


About the ACS section of this web site provides an overview of the operations of the American Community Survey.

You can see the survey questionnaire, read about how the data are collected and disseminated, and what distinguishes the surveys from each other.

Under ’Survey Questionnaire’, you will also find Fact Sheets, that explain the origin of each question and how data are used.

The congressional toolkit provides basic American Community Survey information in a ’portable’ format.

Information about the American Community Survey is now available in the following languages (in pdf format):

Subjects Planned for the 2010 Census and ACS provides information about what subjects are planned for 2010 Census and 2008 American Community Survey.

Questions and Answers [PDF 3.3Mb] about the American Community Survey.

ACS Endorsements Read what others are saying about the ACS.

Group Quarters

Information about Group Quarters are now available for the American Community Survey and Puerto Rico Community Survey.

Handbooks & Tool Kits

ACS Media Tool Kit

Congressional Tool Kit - Documents that explain how and why the survey is conducted, its benefits, and how to obtain additional information.


ACS Design and Methodology Paper

A comprehensive description of the methods and procedures currently used in the survey. The paper contains a wide variety of topics ranging from sample design, content development, data collection and processing, data products and dissemination to user assistance. It also includes a glossary of terms, list of acronyms, and several tables and appendices.

Federal Agency Information Program

Twenty-one cabinet level and independent agencies are participating in the new ACS Federal Agency Information Program, a technical partnership designed to assist individual federal agencies in the transition to using ACS data.

Operations Plan Available for Downloading

An operations plan released in 2003 provides more details on the material in this section. Download the pdf here: The American Community Survey Operations Plan — Release 1: March 2003.

Or view the Bibliography, with links to the supporting materials online.

Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS)

Puerto Rico Community Survey: A Handbook for Government Officials [PDF 5.6Mb] - This booklet is your reference for questions that may arise from your constituents during the U.S. Census Bureau’s implementation of the Puerto Rico Community Survey.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Puerto Rico Community Survey — available in English and Spanish.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau  |  American Community Survey Office  |  Page Last Modified: September 15, 2008