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Guidance for Data Users

The Census Bureau reports income and poverty estimates from several major national household surveys and programs:

  1. American Community Survey (ACS)
  2. Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
  3. Census 2000 long form
  4. Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates Program (SAIPE)
  5. Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS ASEC)


For highlights and links to each survey or program’s site, see the Surveys & Programs section of this topic site.

For more background on each survey or program, the differences between them, and how to choose the right data source, refer to the links below to pages within the Guidance for Data Users section of this topic site.

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