PRB Topic Feed: U.S. Census and ACS/Topics/US-Census-and-ACS.aspxWho Uses the ACS and Why?The American Community Survey puts up-to-date information about important social issues at the fingertips of people who need it, including policymakers, researchers, businesses and nongovernmental organizations, journalists, teachers, students, and the public. 04/13/2009/Publications/Articles/2009/whousesacs.aspx83c5bfcb-14b1-4845-81de-1b20392eeda7U.S. Energy Boom Fuels Population Growth in Many Rural CountiesA population boom in energy-rich counties is breathing new life into parts of the Midwest and Appalachia that have experienced long-term population decline or slow growth compared with the rest of the United States, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.03/28/2014/Publications/Articles/2014/us-oil-rich-counties.aspxfab9887d-e5d0-4763-acd7-37210c42bb91In U.S., New Data Show Longer, More Sedentary CommutesThe average full-time worker in the United States spends almost 26 minutes commuting to work, according to just-released data from the 2013 American Community Survey.09/23/2014/Publications/Articles/2014/us-commuting.aspx118f6b43-dccb-4fc3-b86b-ef38fc0bfe28How the American Community Survey WorksThe American Community Survey (ACS) samples nearly 3 million addresses each year, resulting in nearly 2 million final interviews. The annual ACS sample is much smaller than that of the Census 2000 long-form sample, which included about 18 million housing units. 04/13/2009/Publications/Articles/2009/howacsworks.aspxd6ad0e29-9527-49ec-a1d6-70c5d55bef30Goodbye 'Metropolitan'?The term "metropolitan" may become outmoded if the U.S. government adopts recommended new metropolitan area standards.06/01/2000/Publications/Articles/2000/GoodbyeMetropolitan.aspxd6132a0f-f466-4f1f-9058-ae882596c738Handbook and Encyclopedia Entry on the American Community SurveyPRB staff wrote a handbook for the U.S. Census Bureau to help people understand key opportunities and challenges of the American Community Survey and how to use the data.12/13/2010/Publications/Articles/2010/acs-handbook.aspx60f0fe13-b476-459d-a773-b5494ac027a2Geographic Areas Covered in the American Community SurveyThe ACS data are tabulated for a variety of different geographic areas ranging in size from broad geographic regions, to neighborhoods and clusters of city blocks. One-year estimates are currently available for geographic areas with at least 65,000. 04/13/2009/Publications/Articles/2009/geography.aspx18c1e10b-3e83-46d2-b5a0-dbb11ec7ad9bDifferences Between the ACS and Decennial CensusWhile the main function of the U.S. decennial census is to provide counts of people for the purpose of Congressional apportionment, the primary purpose of the ACS is to measure the changing social and economic characteristics of the U.S. population. 04/13/2009/Publications/Articles/2009/differences.aspxe04018a9-e079-419e-97c5-ac4f3ef3a6f6Appalachia's Slow Growth Not Seen in All Its Counties Appalachia's residents remain older, less educated, and less racially diverse than the United States as a whole, but those population trends vary widely by county, according to the 2011 Appalachian Regional Commission report prepared by the Population Reference Bureau.01/07/2012/Publications/Articles/2012/appalachia-growth.aspxd7cc51d9-19c4-4caf-a4d4-875dff4b008aPRB and Sabre Systems Form a New ACS Data Users Group 02/19/2013/Publications/Articles/2013/acs-data-users.aspx60f77601-60ce-4cce-b339-89d2a8a6946f