American Community Survey (ACS)


 Data
Year(s)
Product
Population Thresholds
Topics
Annually
1-Year Estimates
65,000+
Social, economic, housing, and demographic
Annually
3-Year Estimates
20,000+
Social, economic, housing, and demographic
Annually
5-Year Estimates
All Areas
Social, economic, housing, and demographic
 ACS 101

The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that produces important statistics about our nation’s people and housing. It covers the same type of information that had been collected every 10 years from the decennial census long form questionnaire. The ACS eliminated the need for a separate long form in the 2010 Census.

ACS data are collected continuously throughout the year and throughout the decade. This allows the Census Bureau to produce new data every year about how communities are changing. It provides elected officials, community leaders and businesses current data to address a wide range of current social and economic issues. With the ACS, it’s no longer necessary to rely on a single snapshot of an area that becomes increasingly dated throughout the decade. Instead, the survey provides a moving picture of community characteristics.

 Links to Other Montana Data Sources

ACS 1-YEAR, 3-YEAR and 5-YEAR ESTIMATES


To access the estimates, follow these steps.
  1. Click on the link below
  2. Choose the Period (2006 – 2010  for the Five Year ACS estimate)
  3. Choose State as Montana
  4. Choose the Area Type such as county, census tract, places, and school districts.
http://mcdc1.missouri.edu/acsprofiles/acsprofilemenu.html

For reservation profiles, scroll down and click the appropriate PDF file at the bottom of the page.

Release Schedule for ASC Data Products
Data Products
Population Thresholds
Year of Data Release
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
Year(s) of Data Collection
1-Year Estimates
65,000+
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
3-Year Estimates
20,000+
2005-2007
2006-2008
2007-2009
2008-2010
2009-2011
2010-2012
5-Year Estimates
All Areas
2005-2009
2006-2010
2007-2011
2008-2012
 Source:  U.S. Census Bureau
 *Five-year estimates will be available for areas as small as census tracts and block groups.
 ACS Geography Areas Available at 1-Year, 3-Year and 5-Year Estimates

The following links are to pdf tables. Each shows the geographic areas for which data is available for the 3 different ACS surveys. The most comprehensive is the 5-year survey however it is also has the oldest data:

1- Year Estimates ACS Data for Montana Area
   Available Geographies
3- Year Estimates ACS data for Montana Area
   Available Geographies
5-Year ACS Data for Montana Area
 Comparing ACS Data to Other Sources?

If you will be comparing ACS data to other data sources such as Census 2000, please visit the ACS Comparing Data website.  Some general guidance is required before drawing conclusions regarding some of the categorical data.

 Other Technical Documents
Compass Handbooks - Navigate ACS
Design and Methodology for the ACS
General Information About ACS - U.S. Census Bureau
 ACE 5-Year Reservation Summaries
Reservation Social Profile Economic Profile Housing Profile Gender and Age
Blackfeet Reservation Profile PDF PDF PDF PDF
Crow Reservation Profile PDF PDF PDF PDF
Flathead Reservation Profile PDF PDF PDF PDF
Fort Belknap Reservation Profile PDF PDF PDF PDF
Fort Peck Reservation Profile PDF PDF PDF PDF
Northern Cheyenne Reservation Profile PDF PDF PDF PDF
Rocky Boy's Reservation Profile PDF PDF PDF PDF