U.S. Census Bureau Releases New American Community Survey Statistics for Detailed Race, Hispanic Origin, Ancestry, and Tribal Population Groups

We are pleased to announce the release of new American Community Survey (ACS) estimates for detailed race, Hispanic Origin, ancestry, and tribal population groups. These statistics, available from the 2011-2015 ACS 5-year Selected Population Tables and 2011-2015 ACS 5-year American Indian and Alaska Native Tables, provide the greatest level of statistical information for detailed population groups.


The ACS is the most relied-on source for up-to-date social, economic, demographic, and housing characteristics every year. Estimates from today's release provide these characteristics for detailed population groups using lower minimum population requirements compared to the standard ACS 1-year release. Highlights include:

  • Selected Population Tables: Provide estimates for 416 race, Hispanic Origin, ancestry, and tribal population groups at numerous geographic areas, including census tracts
  • American Indian and Alaska Native Tables: Provide estimates for 1,119 detailed tribes at numerous geographic areas, including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and American Indian and Alaska Native Areas


Today's release is the first update to the data since the previous tables based on the 2006-2010 American Community Survey.


Visit the Census Bureau's American FactFinder and search for a detailed population group to start exploring these estimates.


For more information, visit the Race/Ethnicity and American Indian & Alaska Native Documentation page. Documentation has been posted to browse the available tables, population groups, geographies, comparison guidance, and accuracy of the data.


The ACS provides reliable statistics that are used to make informed decisions about the future. These statistics are required by all levels of government to manage or evaluate a wide range of programs, but are also useful for research, business, education, journalism, and advocacy. If you have questions about this survey, please call our Customer Services Center on 1 (800) 923-8282.  


Thank you,

American Community Survey Office

U.S. Census Bureau

  • I have a pretty basic question about this data-- how does it differ from what's offered in the standard 2011-2015 ACS data?
  • Thank you for the great post! Unfortunately, nearly every link in this post is now broken. Would it be possible to update them? I am especially interested in the link for Selected Population Tables.

    Thank you!
  • In reply to Adam Elder:

    Hi Adam,

    American FactFinder retired earlier this year, and data.census.gov is now the Census Bureau's main data dissemination tool. The Selected Population Tables and AIAN Tables are in the process of being migrated to the API and data.census.gov. Our subject matter experts are actively reviewing the files, but I don't have a date yet for their release.
  • In reply to Gretchen Gooding:

    Sounds good! Thank you for letting me know you are working on this! Is there a place I can look, or a listserve I can sign up for that will let me know when these data are posted?

    Thanks again!
  • In reply to Adam Elder:

    Hi Adam,

    This page (www.census.gov/.../race-aian.html) will be updated when the data are available on data.census.gov and the API.