The American Community Survey (ACS) replaced the Decennial Census Long Form as the way to collect detailed data on social, economic, and housing characteristics.

If you have seen data such as the number of households without a vehicle or the mean travel time to work, then you have seen detailed data from the Decennial Census Long Form.

In December of 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau released the first 5-year estimates from the American Community Survey.

These are the only estimates that are available for most rural counties and the only estimates that are comparable across all counties.

Since the ACS collects and reports data differently that what we are used to, this section of the Kentucky: By The Numbers website provides access to resources and links for information about the survey and the data.


Background on the ACS

Filling out the Survey

Understanding the Data

Data Availability for Kentucky Counties

Accessing the Data

Using the Data

Additional Resources

Sample Tables

For more information about the American Community Survey, go to the Census Bureau's website: