American Community Survey (ACS) is the Census Bureauís new approach for
collecting demographic and socio-economic information needed for critical government
functions. It provides profiles of America's communities every year, and
will replace the long form (sample data) in the 2010 Census.
implementation of the American Community Survey began in every county
of the United States in 2005.
The survey includes three million households spread out across
the 12 months of each year. Data
are collected by mail and Census Bureau staff follow up with those who do
County is one of 31 pilot sites selected around the country to
participate in the development of the methodology for the ACS.
The first year for sampling in Broward County was 1998, when only a
small sample was funded. From
1999 on, the annual sample is approximately 3% of the population.
Starting with 2000 data, the results of the ACS have been adjusted
to reflect the population base tabulated in the 2000 Census.
Detailed results of the 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 ACS have been released
for Broward County and for each municipality with a minimum population of
In addition to the 31 American Community Survey pilot sites, the Census Bureau conducted the Census 2000 Supplementary Survey and the 2001 and 2002 Supplementary Surveys, each of which sampled approximately 700,000 households around the country. Results have been released for each state, metropolitan area, county, place and congressional district with a minimum 250,000 population. This makes it possible to compare the 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 results for Broward County with those for Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, the state of Florida, and the nation as a whole.
For more information, contact:
Richard Ogburn, Principal Planner
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