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What is the American Factfinder?

American FactFinder (AFF) is the Census Bureau’s primary dissemination tool for many Census Bureau Programs.  The Census Bureau conducts nearly one hundred surveys and censuses every year. By law, no one is permitted to reveal information from these censuses and surveys that could identify any person, household, or business.

Data from surveys and censuses available in American FactFinder include the following:

  • Decennial Census
    • collects data every 10 years about age, sex, race, housing units and more for the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas.
  • American Community Survey
    • a nationwide survey designed to provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing.
  • Population Estimates
    • publishes estimated population totals for the previous year for cities and towns, metropolitan areas, counties, and states.
  • Economic Census of the United States
    • profiles the U.S. economy every 5 years, from the national to the local level and by detailed industry and business classification. 
  • In addition to conducting the Economic Census every 5 years, the Census bureau publishes these economic surveys:
    • Survey of Business Owners
    • Commodity Flow Survey
    • County & ZIP Code Business Patterns
    • Nonemployer Statistics
    • Annual Survey of Manufacturers

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Quick links to current data

Quick Facts - Select a state for a quick profile and change to county or city for profiles of selected area.

American Community Survey

About the American Community Survey - The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population every year


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