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US Census Bureau and the American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year - giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.

To help communities, state governments, and federal programs, the American Community Survey asks about:
  • age
  • gender
  • race
  • family and relationships
  • income and benefits
  • health
  • insurance
  • education
  • veteran status
  • disabilities
  • where you work and how you get there
  • where you live and how much you pay for some essentials
All this detail is combined into statistics that are used to help decide everything from school lunch programs to new hospitals.

The U.S. Census Bureau provides Census Explorer, an online mapper that displays current ACS data at the state, county, and census tract level.

The NH State Data Center has created the following resources displaying data collected by the American Community Survey updated for the period 2015-2019.