American Community Survey

The American Community Survey is an ongoing survey that produces detailed data releases on a regular basis. It replaces the Decennial Census "long form" in an effort to provide communities with more timely data on how they are changing, thereby equipping them with the information they need to best respond to these changes. Because ACS results are derived from relatively small sample sizes, we recommend that the data be viewed as percentages and that analysis focuses on relative comparisons rather than actual numbers.

The ACS:

  • Is sent to a small percentage of our population on a rotating basis
  • Helps determine how more than $300 billion per year is distributed
  • Informs decisions on policies, programs, and services for communities

ACS Benefits

The benefit of the ACS is that we now have annual estimates for detailed variables including education, commuting, and employment by both place of residence and place of work, rather than having to wait for every 10 years. This is accomplished through smaller sample sizes, and different data collection methods and statistical techniques used to develop multi-year estimates. Due to changes in methodology and survey techniques, caution needs to be exercised when comparing ACS results with data from the Decennial Census.

Using ACS Data

When using ACS data, it is important to understand some key concepts about the sample size, comparability between years, and margins of error. For a description of these concepts and more, please visit the ACS website. For a handbook with all the basics on understanding how to use ACS data, reference "What General Data Users Need to Know." Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) recommends the following tips when using the data:

  • Use the Census Bureau's Population Estimates or the Decennial Census, not ACS data, as the source for population, age and race statistics whenever possible
  • Use ACS proportions rather than the actual numbers
  • Always consider the margins of error when using ACS data, particularly for smaller geographies

5-Year Estimates

View frequently asked questions (PDF) about 5-year estimates.

1-Year Estimates

2015

County & Place
Social Profiles
Economic Profiles
Housing Profiles
Demographic Profiles
Albuquerque
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Bernalillo County
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Rio Rancho
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Sandoval County
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Valencia County
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2010

County & Place
Social Profiles
Economic Profiles
Housing Profiles
Demographic Profiles
Albuquerque Data (PDF) Data (PDF) Data (PDF) Data (PDF)
Bernalillo County
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Rio Rancho
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Sandoval County
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Valencia County
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