Due to high demand, the ACS conference is currently at capacity and registration is now closed. However, all of the conference presentations will be recorded (pending authors’ permission), and available on this website after the event. The conference will be held on May 11-12, 2017 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Madison Building located at 600 Dulany Street in Alexandria, Virginia.


The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is organizing the conference in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau and with guidance from an ACS Data Users Group Steering Committee. We have put together an exciting program that brings together more than 50 contributed presentations by ACS data users, invited sessions with Census Bureau staff, informal roundtable discussions, and opportunities for networking. The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 11 with presentations by several Census Bureau senior executives, including John H. Thompson, Director of the Census Bureau; and Victoria A. Velkoff, Chief of the American Community Survey Office. The conference will end at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, May 12.

Session topics will include: 

  • Assessing Health Insurance Estimates with ACS Data
  • Producing ACS Data Profiles for States and Local Communities
  • Preliminary Results from the 2016 ACS Content Test
  • Using the ACS for Model-Based Estimates
  • Comparing or Combining ACS Data with Other Data Sources
  • Using the ACS to Monitor Public Health
  • Impact of ACS Methods/Design on Data Quality
  • Best Practices for Mapping ACS Data
  • Case Studies: Data Visualization Tools
  • Using ACS Data in the Classroom
  • ACS Data for Tribal Areas and Rural Communities
  • Tools (Novice and Advanced)
  • Applications of ACS Data for Estimates and Forecasts
  • Applications of ACS/CTPP Data for Transportation and Planning


We have blocked a limited number of rooms at the nearby Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town South at Carlyle at a special conference rate of $242. Please call Loubna Ahiri (Sales Coordinator) at 703-310-1175 and request the “PRB Conference at USPTO” room block.

If you have any special needs related to your hotel reservation, please contact Loubna Ahiri at 703-310-1175 or The Residence Inn is located at 2345 Mill Rd, Alexandria, VA and is a five-minute walk from the USPTO Madison Building and a 10-minute walk from the King Street Metro station. The Residence Inn offers complimentary WiFi and breakfast for all guests.


Metro: Take the Yellow or Blue Line to the King Street Station in Alexandria. Follow the pedestrian tunnel under Duke St. The Masonic Memorial will be to your RIGHT and behind you and the USPTO Headquarters in front of you. The Madison Building is located on Dulany St. about 2.5 blocks from the tunnel. You can identify it by the central glass Atrium that joins the East and West wings. The conference will be held in the Madison Auditorium and Lower Atrium.

Parking: Parking is available in the East Garage, 551 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, Virginia. Hourly and daily parking is available to visitors, Monday through Friday.


Looking for a fun, social night out after the first day of the conference? We have reserved a block of tickets for the Washington Nationals-Baltimore Orioles Game on Thursday, May 11 at 7:05 pm. Tickets are $16 in Section 406 and the seats are under cover. Guests are welcome, too! To reserve your ticket(s), please send an e-mail to Marissa Slowey at by April 10. We will send more information about this event, including information about payment, in the coming weeks. Nationals Park is located on Metro's Green Line.

If you have any questions or problems related to registration or hotel reservations, please contact Marissa Slowey ( at PRB.