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American Community Survey Data


The American Community Survey (ACS) is a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau on an ongoing basis. It contains information related to a wealth of characteristics of the American public including: age, gender, educational attainment, income, disability, employment, and veteran status among others.

The ACS helps local officials, community leaders, and businesses understand changes taking place in their community.


Selected ACS data which relates to the Iowa labor force can be viewed and explored in the Tableau visualization below. Navigate the data by using the tabs at the top of the frame. To customize the view, adjust the available filters to select the geography of interest as well as the timeframe for the data.

For optimal experience we recommend using the Google Chrome browser (download here). For assistance in navigating the Tableau visualization below, visit the Tableau Guide.

Note: When choosing what timeframe to use consider the following: 1-Year estimates are only available for populations of 65,000+, 5-Year estimates are available for all areas; 1-Year estimates have the smallest sample size, 5-Year estimates have the largest; 1-Year estimates represent 12 months of collected data (January-December), 5-Year estimates contain 60 months of collected data; 1-Year estimates are the most current data, 5-Year estimates are the least current; 1-Year estimates are considered the least reliable; 5-Year estimates are considered the most reliable.

Use 1-Year estimates when currency is more important than precision for large populations. Use 5-Year estimates when precision is more important than currency and when analyzing small populations.

The geographies available for analysis in this data visualization include statewide, county-level, and metropolitan & micropolitan statistical areas. Metros and micros are delineated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). A metropolitan statistical area is defined around an urbanized are of 50,000 or more in population. A micropolitan statistical area is a labor market area centered on one or more urban clusters with a population of at least 10,000 but fewer than 50,000 people.

To view the margin of error, hover over a bar in the charts displayed. A tool tip box will appear which will provide the margin of error for that data point. It is important to keep the margin in error in mind when determining the significance given to the data. This is especially true at the county-level where the amount of available records the data is based upon may be small.

The data is also available in a series of CSV files. Click the button below to download the files.



Related ACS Links/Resources