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American Community Survey: Measuring the Dynamic Changes in America

American Community Survey: Measuring the Dynamic Changes in America


Over the course of one year, our nation can experience
dynamic changes. And there are many
ways to measure changes in a vibrant nation like ours… by collecting information
on our population… geography… and economy. The American Community
Survey shows us who we are and how we’re changing. [music] The U.S. Census Bureau has
been collecting information for our nation since 1790. Back then and until
very recently, these questions were
asked of every household. But now, only a small percentage of randomly selected households
are asked to participate. And of these randomly selected
households, more than 97% agree that responding to these
questions is beneficial to them, their families, and
their communities. Your responses to the ACS
provide the information needed to make improvements to things
like transportation services… public health services… and our economy. Organizations use this data to
help them identify the make-up of the American household. The American Community
Survey is the only source for local, comparable data. Businesses use this information
to determine customer’s needs. And employers use
this information to plan job-training programs and determine regional
workforce resources. The American Community
Survey lays the groundwork for our future — a future
made possible by your responses and the statistics provided
by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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