Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: AC-024-002-1-1-United States-USCEN-1999

Subject Area: County

Bibliographic Citation: American community survey, 1999.  [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: 8/28/2001

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 Beyond 20/20 program to our public use PCs. To learn more about the American Community Survey(ACS), please visit ACS Web site. Please note the county-level public use microdata sample (PUMS) files are not available on this CD.

Access Status: Unrestricted access

Documentation: Document files are in PDF 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 20 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 1999 ACS CD-ROM provides data in formats such as: narrative and tabular profiles and topical summary tables. The 1999 American Community Survey questionnaire was changed to be consistent with the content of the Census 2000 long form. ACS dropped questions that were no longer a requirement for Census 2000, and added questions such as the grandparents as caregivers series. Some questions were reworded to conform with the wording of Census 2000 questions. These changes will facilitate the American Community Survey and Census 2000 comparisons. Users of this CD are cautioned that the 1999 ACS estimates have some limitations, which they will not have in future years. First, these estimates do not reflect certain kinds of change in the racial and Hispanic origin distributions of the population in selected counties. Second, potential problems are caused by differences between the race and Hispanic origin questions on the American Community Survey questionnaire and the questions on the 1990 Census.

Media/File Reports:

7277 (CD-ROM)
7278 (CD-ROM)