Adapted from the press release:
The U.S. Census Bureau has released a new set of 5-year American Community Survey (ACS) estimates. These findings are the most relied-upon source for detailed, up-to-date socio-economic statistics covering every community in the nation every year; the current release covers the years from 2006 to 2010.
Consisting of about 11 billion individual estimates and covering more than 670,000 distinct geographies, the five-year estimates give even the smallest communities timely information on more than 40 topics, such as educational attainment, income, occupation, commuting to work, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry and selected monthly homeowner costs. Health care insurance coverage, nutritional support, and other health status-related topics are also included.
Visitors to the Census Bureau website can find their community’s estimates in the American FactFinder database.
The current release is based on completed interviews with almost 2 million housing units each year from 2006 through 2010. By pooling several years of survey responses, the American Community Survey can generate detailed statistical portraits of smaller geographies. The Census Bureau issues new sets of these five-year estimates every year, permitting users to track trends in even the smallest of areas over time.