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Working Paper
ACS: Sample Representivity for the Nation and Puerto Rico
Report gives indication of how representative the interviewed occupied housing units in the ACS are of the ACS nonrespondents and sampling frame.

Working Paper
ACS: Sample Representivity for American Indian Areas
Report gives indication of how representative the interviewed housing units in the ACS are of ACS nonrespondents and sampling frame in American Indian areas.

Working Paper
Model-Based Mode of Data Collection Switching from Internet to Mail
Describes research exploring the feasibility and benefits of applying adaptive survey design methods to switch ACS sample cases from Internet to mail.

Home Value & Homeownership Rates: Recession—Post-Recession Comparisons
This report examines the differences in home value and homeownership rate across different geographies during and after the recession of 2007 through 2009.

Working Paper
Effect of Changing Call Parameters in ACS CATI Operations
Summarizes the effect of CATI call parameter changes, confirming that the loss in interviews and increase in CAPI workload are in line with projections.

Relationship Between Science & Engineering Education and Employment
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workers are just 6 percent of the workforce, yet are essential to economic growth and global competitiveness.

Disparities in STEM Employment by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin
One focus area for increasing the STEM workforce has been to reduce disparities in STEM employment by sex, race, and Hispanic origin.

Poverty: 2000 to 2012
This report uses data from the American Community Survey (ACS) to examine trends in poverty rates for the nation, states, and the District of Columbia.

Household Income: 2012
Data on median household income at the national and state levels based on the 2011 and 2012 American Community Survey (ACS).

Mitigating Loss of Private Insurance With Public Coverage: 2008-2012
In periods of economic downturn, the ability of individuals to access and afford private health insurance becomes more limited.

Married-Couple Households by Nativity Status: 2011
The increase in interracial and interethnic marriage over the last four decades may have been partially driven by the growth in the number of foreign born.

Working Paper
Testing of Modified ACS Envelopes/Letters for Use During 2010 Census
Documents findings from cognitive testing in 2009 of ACS envelopes and letters modified for use during the 2010 Census advertising environment.

Characteristics of Currently Unmarried Women With a Recent Birth: 2011
This report focuses on survey data from the ACS that highlights the characteristics of currently unmarried women who report having had a birth in the last year.

Arab Households in the United States: 2006-2010
This brief provides a portrait of households in the United States with a particular focus on Arab house­holds; people of Arab ancestry are also discussed (ACS).

Working Paper
Analysis of Alternative Call Parameters in the ACS CAPI
Analysis of alternative call parameters for the Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) data collection mode.

Working Paper
Ungeocoded Delivery Sequence File Records in the ACS Sampling Frame
Update of criterion to rely on more recent information for the area in which we use ungeocoded Delivery Sequence File records from Census 2000.

Rental Housing Market Condition Measures: A Comparison of Metro. Areas
Compares gross rent, gross rent as a percentage of household income, rental vacancy rates, and renter share of total households in 2009 and 2011.

Physical Characteristics of Housing: 2009-2011
Statistics on basic physical and structural characteristics of the total housing inventory at the national level and for metro areas, based on the 2009-11 ACS.

Working Paper
Impact of Contacts by Computer-Assisted Interviews on Final Outcome
Summarizes the results of an analysis of the impact of multiple contacts on interview outcomes for housing units in the ACS.

Working Paper
2010 ACS Content Test Evaluation: Behavior Coding Results
Behavior coding results from the 2010 American Community Survey Content Test.

Working Paper
Tracking ACS Mail Response During the 2010 Census
Examines the impact of 2010 Census operations on the ACS mail response from Jan-June 2010 at the national level and by segmentation group.

Working Paper
Mode Switching to Improve Estimates for Language Households
Looks at the potential value of using paradata on the reason for a CATI noninterview to select a different sample for CAPI follow up.

Working Paper
Replicate Weight-Based Methods: Imputation Variance in Mass Imputation
Details the methodology developed for the 2011 ACS data products to account for imputation methodology within the current variance estimation framework.

Working Paper
Using 2010 Census Data to Improve ACS Estimates of Group Quarters
Aimed to establish that new methodology improved the usability of estimates for census tracts.

Out-of-State and Long Commutes: 2011
This report uses 2011 ACS data at the state level to explore two commuting indicators related to travel time and work location.

Poverty Rates for Selected Detailed Race & Hispanic Groups: 2007-2011
In this report, poverty rates are summarized by race and Hispanic origin for the United States, each state, and the District of Columbia.

Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Govt. Assistance Recipients
Information showing the prevalence of disability among civilian noninstitutionalized adults aged 18 and older who received income-based government assistance.

The Geographic Concentration of High-Income Households: 2007-2011
This report answers two questions: First, where do most high-income households live? Second, where are the highest concentrations of high-income households?

Working Paper
Imputation Methods to Improve Estimates of Group Quarters Population
Examines the results of method using real ACS data and compares results of the new methodology with those of the current ACS methodology.

Working Paper
Write-In Entries, Potential Effect of Truncation of Long Responses
Documents the maximum field lengths specific to each open response question in the 2009 ACS and measures rates of truncated responses in the mail mode.

Working Paper
Inconsistencies in Occupancy Status: 2010 Census, 2010 1-Yr Estimates
Determines if a single factor accounted for all or most inconsistent occupancy status classifications and which characteristics are associated with rates of inconsistency.

Working Paper
Using Regional Office Language Support for Telephone Center Activities
Documents the effectiveness and costs of using the Los Angeles Regional Office for non-English telephone support during two 2009 tests.

Working Paper
Paradata to Assess Quality/Functionality of the Internet Instrument
Summarizes results of paradata analysis to explain how respondents interacted with Internet instrument and identify potential problems.

Working Paper
Paradata to Identify Potential Issues/Trends: Internet Instrument
Summarizes results of paradata analysis to determine whether issues and respondent behavior identified in previous analysis still exist.

Working Paper
Analysis of the ACS and Puerto Rico Community Survey Coverage
Compared the ACS and PRCS estimates before controls to the 2010 Census counts to obtain estimates of coverage.

Labor Force Participation and Work Status of People 65 Years and Older
This report presents historical trends and current characteristics of the older workforce using decennial census and American Community Survey data.

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