From: U.S. Census Bureau [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 2:22 PM
To: Weinberger Penelope
Subject: Census Bureau Statement on American Community Survey 3-Year Statistical Product
Census Bureau Statement on American Community Survey 3-Year Statistical Product
As a result of tight budgetary considerations, the U.S. Census Bureau has proposed
permanently discontinuing a statistical product from the American Community
beginning in fiscal year 2016. The product, often called the "3-year estimates,"
combines three years of data collection into a three-year rolling average and is available
for communities with populations of 20,000 or more.
Although the Census Bureau would discontinue this product, every community in the nation
will continue to receive a detailed statistical portrait of its social, economic, housing
and demographic characteristics through other American Community Survey products.
Specifically, the Census Bureau will continue producing annual estimates for communities
of 65,000 or more, and communities of all sizes, including the nation's smallest, will
continue to receive updated five-year rolling averages each year.
The Census Bureau has proposed dropping the three-year product in order to prioritize
funding for activities that enhance the quality of the entire data set and enhance the
experience for the survey respondent. For example, these activities include additional
training for field representatives, continued review of the survey questions and the way
they are asked, and expanded outreach and partnership with stakeholders.
Spending plans for fiscal year 2015 are currently under review by the Office of Management
and Budget. For more information about the Census Bureau's fiscal year 2016 budget,
As always, we look forward to engaging with our American Community Survey data users. So,
we hope you will join us at the second American Community Data Users Conference to be held
May 11-13, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. The conference agenda is under development and
will include both contributed presentations by American Community Survey data users and
invited Plenary sessions with leading experts and key government Executive staff. To
receive updates about this conference and more, please join the American Community Survey
data user on-line community network at
The ACS provides reliable statistics that are indispensable to anyone who has to make
informed decisions about the future. These statistics are required by all levels of
government to manage or evaluate a wide range of programs, but are also useful for
research, education, journalism, business and advocacy. If you have questions about this
survey, please call our Customer Services Center on 1 (800) 923-8282.
American Community Survey Office
U.S. Census Bureau
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