The 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Conference will be held at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA on May 11-12, 2017. The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is organizing next year’s conference in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau and with guidance from a new ACS Data Users Group Steering Committee.

The conference will bring together ACS data users and staff from the U.S. Census Bureau to increase understanding of the value and utility of ACS data and to promote information sharing among data users about key ACS data issues and applications. The conference will include:

  • Contributed presentations by ACS data users
  • Invited sessions
  • Hands-on training
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Opportunities for networking

Registration for the conference will be free for all participants. We have invited abstracts on a variety of topics related to ACS data, including:

  • Innovations in visualizing/ mapping ACS data     
  • Combining ACS with administrative data              
  • Measuring change over time with ACS data
  • Accuracy of ACS data: sampling and nonsampling issues
  • ACS estimates for small geographic areas or small population groups: challenges and solutions 
  • ACS estimates for rural areas: challenges and solutions 
  • Aggregating ACS data for user-defined estimates and areas
  • Utility of the ACS for private-sector applications
  • ACS methods and survey design              
  • Presenting ACS data: practical guidelines for data users
  • Using ACS data in population estimates and projections

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the conference has passed. More information about the conference, including registration information and a preliminary program, will be available in February 2017.

For more information, please contact Linda Jacobsen ( or Mark Mather ( at PRB.