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Live and recorded classes led by Census Bureau instructors on a variety of topics.

Discovering the American Community Survey

A comprehensive guide to survey information, data access, analysis, and statistics for America's largest survey.

Skill Level: Beginner – Advanced


  • Module 1: Introduction to the American Community Survey (ACS) (11:46)

Other modules coming soon...


This comprehensive course covers the American Community Survey (ACS), the Census Bureau's largest survey, which provides data for over 40+ topics from the nation down to the block group geography levels. In this course you will learn:   

  • ACS foundational information such as topics, tools, geographies and population thresholds for data coverage, how to find information on the survey questions, data release schedules and more.  
  • ACS geographies and geographic comparison tools and resources. 
  • How and where to access ACS data through tables, data tools and more. 
  • How to solve data usage issues such as how to know what data set to use and how to compare data over time. 
  • Statistical concepts. 
  • Advanced data usage knowledge such as how to download Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) to conduct your own statistical analysis.  

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is designed for researchers, students, grant-writers, local planners, business owners and those who need to understand and access the fundamentals of the American Community Survey in order to use our data.


Vicki Mack PhD
U.S. Census Bureau

Beginning of Course

Module 1: Introduction to the American Community Survey (ACS)

This module will provide an overview of the American Community Survey (ACS), including its origin, purpose, data collection procedures, and topics covered. We will also demonstrate navigating to resources on the ACS website which will help you find out about data releases, questions asked and more. 

Introduction to the American Community Survey (ACS)  (11:46)


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Page Last Revised - April 5, 2023
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