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This report was released in 2009 with some updates in 2010. The updated 2014 ACS Design and Methodology Report is currently available.

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Introduction

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a relatively new survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. It uses a series of monthly samples to produce annually updated data for the same small areas (census tracts and block groups) formerly surveyed via the decennial census long-form sample. Initially, 5 years of samples will be required to produce these small-area data. Once the Census Bureau has collected 5 years of data, new small-area data will be produced annually. The Census Bureau also will produce 3-year and 1-year data products for larger geographic areas. The ACS includes people living in both housing units (HUs) and group quarters (GQs). The ACS is conducted throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, where it is called the Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS). For ease of discussion, the term ACS is used here to represent both surveys.

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.pdf   Foreword   [<1.0 MB]
American Community Survey Design and Methodology
.pdf   Table of Contents   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 1. Introduction   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 2. Program History   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 3. Frame Development   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 4. Sample Design and Selection (Revised 12/2010)   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Sample Design and Selection (Original version)   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 5. Content Development Process   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 6. Survey Rules, Concepts, and Definitions   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 7. Data Collection and Capture for Housing Units   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 8. Data Collection and Capture for Group Quarters   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 9. Language Assistance Program   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 10. Data Preparation and Processing for Housing Units and Group Quarters   [2.5 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 11. Weighting and Estimation (Revised 12/2010)   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Weighting and Estimation (Original version)   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 12. Variance Estimation (Revised 12/2010)   [<1.0 MB]
American Community Survey Design and Methodology Ch. 12 Variance Estimation
.pdf   Variance Estimation (Original version)   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 13. Preparation and Review of Data Products   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 14. Data Dissemination   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Chapter 15. Improving Data Quality by Reducing Nonsampling Error   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Glossary of Terms   [<1.0 MB]
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.pdf   Acronyms   [<1.0 MB]
American Community Survey Design and Methodology
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