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Data Dictionary: ACS 2006 (1-Year Estimates)
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Survey: ACS 2006 (1-Year Estimates)
Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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ACS 2006 (1-Year Estimates)

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a new nationwide survey designed to provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing. It is a critical element in the Census Bureau's reengineered decennial census program. The ACS collects population and housing information every year instead of every ten years, which provides more up-to-date information throughout the decade about the U.S. population at the local community level. The ACS collects information such as age, race, income, commute time to work, home value, veteran status, and other important data, and is comparable to Summary File 3 in Census 2000.

The 2006 data products include estimates of demographic, social, and economic characteristics of people, households and housing units (both occupied and vacant) for every state in the Nation,Puerto Rico, and most areas with a population of 65,000 or more.

About three million housing unit addresses are selected annually, from across every county in the nation.

American Community Survey Office
U.S. Census Bureau

ACS 2006-1yr Summary File: Technical Documentation
Appendix A. ACS Geographic Terms and Concepts
Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2006 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
Design and Methodology: American Community Survey
Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Basic Geographic and Related Terms - Census 2000
Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; Design and Methodology, American Community Survey. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2009.