The Census Bureau's American Community Survey

The Census Bureau's American Community Survey

It's a wonky fight that could have real consequences in neighborhoods across the United States. We consider the purpose and future of the Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

In 2010, the Census Bureau replaced its long form questionnaire, which happened once every ten years, and launched the American Community Survey. Now, 3 million Americans fill out the survey annually in order to help estimate and track trends among the entire population. Many government officials, business owners and nonprofits say this data is vital for them -- but some in Congress say it is a waste of money and an invasion of privacy.


D'Vera Cohn

Senior Writer, Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends Project; co-author "Women, Men and the New Economics of Marriage"

Andrew Biggs

Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

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