U.S. Census Bureau Releases Documentation Supporting the 2016 ACS 1-Year PUMS Files and 2016 1-Year Supplemental Estimates

We are pleased to announce the first release of documentation in support of the 2016 ACS 1-year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files and 2016 ACS 1-year Supplemental Estimates scheduled for release on Thursday, October 19, 2017. This documentation offers ACS data users the opportunity to prepare for next week's data releases.

2016 ACS 1-Year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Documentation

The 2016 tab of the PUMS Technical Documentation page now includes code lists, subject definitions, the data dictionary, and top and bottom coded values:

  • Code Lists: This document contains the detailed codes for variables that contain a large number of coded responses, such as ancestry and occupation.
  • Subjects in the PUMS: A list of broad topics included in each of the housing and population record files.
  • Data Dictionary: Full listing of all variables (and values) included in each of the housing and population record files.
  • Top and Bottom Coded Values: Uncommon responses, such as particularly high income, are grouped into broader categories; these documents explain when and where we have modified values.

More documentation will be released on October 19th along with the 2016 ACS 1-year PUMS files.

2016 ACS 1-Year Supplemental Estimates Documentation

New and updated information related to this release is available now on the 2016 Data Release page. Highlights include links to the following:

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.

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Thank you,

American Community Survey Office

U.S. Census Bureau