U.S. Census Bureau Releases Documentation Supporting New Statistics for Detailed Race, Hispanic Origin, Ancestry, and Tribal Population Groups


We are pleased to announce the first release of documentation in support 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, are scheduled for release on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

The new documentation offers ACS data users the opportunity to prepare for next week's data release by exploring the available:

  • Tables: Browse the list of available Data Profiles and Detailed Tables for next week's release, and find equivalent table numbers for previous datasets.
  • Population Groups: Access the code lists to determine if tables are available for a specific population group.
  • Geographies: View the list of geographic areas available for each set of tables in next week's release.
  • Comparison Guidance: Definitions of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes change over time. Reference the comparison guidelines to determine whether data for these groups are comparable to statistics from previous datasets.

Estimates from these tables provide the greatest level of statistical information for detailed population groups. This is the first update to the data since the previous release based on the 2006-2010 American Community Survey.

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