This message was sent to the Census Bureau State Data Center participants, and Nathan
Erlbaum of New York State DOT thought it should be shared with CTPP:
As you can see from the attached email exchange, the ACS ZCTA data is being threatened due
to the current budget situation. My personal sense of the situation is that if we show
support for these data there is no guarantee that they will be produced, but if don’t show
a need for them they definitely will not be there. If these data are important for you,
please respond to Scott Boggess (Scott.Boggess(a)census.gov
<mailto:Scott.Boggess@census.gov> ) directly by November 30, 2011.
It would also help our program if you copied the listserv on your response. Your comments
might prompt others to realize a need for these data.
Leonard M. Gaines, Ph.D. | Program Research Specialist
Empire State Development
In its Federal Register Notice on the 5-year ACS data products, the Bureau announced that
it would begin to produce 5-year ACS data for ZCTAs (Zip Code Tabulation Areas) beginning
with the 2007-2011 ACS data due out next year.
Both the decision to add ZCTAs as well as what data products to produce for ZCTAs is now
coming under increased scrutiny given the current budget climate.
I have been asked to reach out to data users to see whether and how they would use ACS
ZCTA data and what products, if any, they would like to see produced for ZCTAs (detailed
tables? profiles? subject tables?).
Please respond directly to me and feel free to share this request with others in the user
Chief, ACS Coordination Staff
Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division