U.S. Census Bureau Releases New 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Datasets and Stats in Action Stories

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files, and 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year Supplemental Estimates.

2017 ACS 1-Year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files

The PUMS files show the full range of population and housing unit responses collected on individual ACS questionnaires for a subsample of ACS housing units and group quarters persons (approximately one percent of the United States population).

The PUMS files allow data users to conduct a custom analysis. Working with PUMS data generally involves downloading large datasets onto a local computer and analyzing the data using statistical software such as R, SPSS, Stata, or SAS.

PUMS data can be accessed via the ACS FTP site, American FactFinder, or via the Census Bureau's DataFerrett tool. DataFerrett is particularly useful for researchers who need a quick statistic or do not have access to statistical software.

For more information, visit the links below:

  • About PUMS: Learn more about microdata, Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs), and weighting
  • Subjects Included in the PUMS: Topics and example variables included in the PUMS files
  • PUMS File Structure: Information about the format of PUMS files, as well as when and how to merge them
  • PUMS ReadMe: Information about 2017 variable changes, as well as guidance for novice users
  • Accuracy of the PUMS: Explanation of the sample design, estimation methodology, and accuracy of the data
  • PUMS Estimates for User Verification: If users have doubts about whether they are correctly computing estimates, they can attempt to reproduce these estimates using the replicate weight method

2017 ACS 1-Year Supplemental Estimates

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year Supplemental Estimates.

The ACS is the most relied-on source for up-to-date social, economic, housing, and demographic information every year. Supplemental Estimates provide these data for geographies with populations of 20,000 or more, compared to the 65,000 population minimum for the standard ACS 1-year estimates. They are available for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metropolitan area, and all counties and places with populations of 20,000 or more.

Visit the Census Bureau's American FactFinder or use the Census API to start exploring these estimates.

New ACS Data Stories

Check out our latest stories highlighting ACS stats in action:

Learn how the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council uses ACS data to reduce socioeconomic disparity and support redevelopment projects in Minneapolis.

Explore how the University of North Florida uses ACS data to help measure and improve the effectiveness of the state's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" media campaign.

We want to learn about the creative ways you use ACS data too! For example, have you or your organization used the ACS to make an important decision, help your community, or open/expand a business? Tell us your story to help us showcase the value of the ACS.