The American Community Survey

Each year since 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau has surveyed about 3.5 million households with the American Community Survey (ACS). Data collected from the ACS have been crucial in government and policy decisions, helping to determine the allocation of more than $400 billion in federal and state funds each year. For example, funds for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act are distributed to states taking into consideration data from the ACS on number of adults without a high-school diploma. This act is the primary source of federal funding for adults with low basic skills seeking further education or English language services, and the Department of Education uses data from the ACS to ensure the efficient distribution of funds.

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