Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: AC-024-001-1-1-United States-USCEN-1996

Subject Area: County

Bibliographic Citation: American community surveys, 1996-1998.  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census  [principal investigator(s)] / Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 9/6/2000

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: Run ACS.EXE from the CD-ROM drive. Click yes to select the Adobe Acrobat reader and ScreenPlayer to be used with the user interface. There is an installation program on the CD-ROM but its use is optional. DPLS chooses not to install the program to our public use PCs. Its public use microdata samples (PUMS) are stored in /pums directory by years. PUMS documenation can be found in /acs_html/htm/meth_doc directory. For more information about the American Community Survey(ACS), please visit ACS web site. 6/2007 Another copy of the CD-ROM can be found under CDE acquisition number 1560.00 (1998 ACS only).

Access Status: Unrestricted access

Date Ordered: 12/7/1999

Documentation: Document files are in PDF format and html format.

Abstract: The American Community Survey (ACS) is a recent initiative launched by the U.S. Census Bureau to provide quality, accurate and timely population, economic, social, and housing indicators for use by local communities as well as state and federal agencies. The American Community Survey was conducted in four sites in 1996, eight sites in 1997 and 1998 and expanded to 31 sites in 1999. Plans call for full implementation nationwide starting in 2003 and continuing each year thereafter. The main goal of the American Community Survey is to provide accurate and up-to-date profiles of American communities on a yearly basis, instead of every ten years, as the decennial Census currently provides. This updated information will allow community leaders and public planners to make better decisions about programs and policies affecting everyone from newborns to the elderly. When the American Community Survey is fully operational, new estimates of population and housing characteristics will be provided yearly for all cities, counties, and population groups of 65,000 persons or more; smaller areas will have two to five year averages updated every year. This CD-ROM provides data in formats such as: narrative and tabular profiles, topical summary tables, and county-level public use microdata sample (PUMS) files. Single year data or multiple years data can be selected for comparison. (This abstract is excerpted from the ACS web site.)

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