The US Census Bureau will release the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS) data this
coming Thursday, September 14, 2017. This will include tables for the 1-year (2016)
The 5-year (2012-2016) data will be released on December 7, 2017.
Accredited journalists will get a jump on the data analysis: the data is available, but
“embargoed” (can’t be released) on September 12th, and the “embargo is lifted” on
September 14th. Watch for census-related stories in the media this Thursday and Friday!
Here is a link to a Census Bureau memorandum discussing the newly (9/7/17) release of ACS
documentation. This is helpful. You can analyze the documentation before the data is made
I used to be jealous: why do journalists get “early access” to embargoed data, and not
accredited local government planners? Now, I figure that there is plenty of work for both
journalists and local analysts, so it’s not too big a deal these days.
Here is a link to the full, 2016 ACS Data Release Schedule:
Another Census Bureau page of interest is the September 7, 2017 “webinar” discussing the
1-year 2016 ACS data release: