Tuesday, May 15, 2012

House of Representatives votes to cut funding for the vital American Community Survey

On May 9, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to eliminate the American Community Survey. 

The American Community Survey (ACS) is the prime source of state, county, and city level demographic information. It replaces the once-a-decade long-form from the decennial Census and provides current demographic figures on income, employment status, educational attainment, housing, migration, commuting, race/ethnicity, poverty, earnings, and much, much more.  ACS data is used for funding and policy making. Without the survey, there will be a 10-year span with no new local demographic figures. A majority of the questions I receive from the public are answered by American Community Survey data.

To understand the ramifications of business and government life without the American Community Survey, we suggest you read the articles in the following publications:

If you value this vital information, you will need to be proactive. The U.S. Senate will be taking up the bill funding the American Community Survey shortly.

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