All information from the U.S. Census Bureau can be accessed via the www.census.gov website. Additionaly, DVRPC provides the following direct links to topics of interest.
2010-2014 ACS 5-year Estimates
The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau designed to provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing. The ACS collects information such as age, race, income, commute time to work, home value, veteran status, and other important data. The data profiles accessible through this page provide demographic information (race, ethnicity, and total housing units) as well as social characteristics (relationships, languages spoken at home, and marital, educational, and disability status); economics (income, employment, occupation, and commute to work); and housing characteristics (occupancy, tenure, year built, and housing value and cost). This information is based on a sample collected over the most recent five years and is not based on the 2010 decennial Census. For additional information on the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community visit www.census.gov/acs/www/.
The Center for Economic Studies (CES) partners with stakeholders within and outside the Census Bureau to improve measures of the economy and people of the United States through research and the development of innovative data products. CES creates innovative public–use data products from existing census, survey, and administrative data, including: LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics, OnTheMap map/reporting tool for population and workforce, and Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI).
Check out the U.S. Census Bureau's Census Explorer, an interactive mapping tool that allows you to view basic demographic characteristics for the nation or your neighborhood. Census Explorer includes not only the latest American Community Survey five-year statistics (2008-2012) but also information from the 1990 and 2000 censuses, so you can see how your community has changed over the past two decades.
The United States Constitution requires that a national census be taken once every ten years to count every person living in the country, including both citizens and non-citizens of all races and ethnic groups. Accurate data reflecting changes in every community is critical for deciding how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. Census data is also used in deciding how federal and state funds are distributed, including more than $400 billion per year in federal funds for projects like hospitals, schools, senior citizen centers, and job training facilities.
The U.S. Census Bureau is researching modern and cost-efficient methods for the population to exercise its civic obligation to be counted in the 2020 Census. The next Census date will be April 1, 2020. Follow this link for information about the Bureau's ongoing activities.
Protecting Your Privacy
By law, the Census Bureau cannot share your answers with anyone, including the Internal Revenue Service, Immigration and Customs, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or any other government agency. All Census Bureau employees take an "oath of nondisclosure" and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data.