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American Community Survey information

The URL for this page is: http://www3.uakron.edu/src/DataServ/ACS/

The American Community Survey (ACS) is continually garnered new Census data. It is a smaller sample than the decennial (10 year) Census, which (ideally) reaches the entire population for the short form and about 16% of the population for the long form.

Because of the smaller sample, the Census Bureau only releases annual ACS data on locations of 65,000 population or greater. The Bureau will release 3 year aggregates of locations/areas between 20,000 and 65,000 population, and 5 year aggregates of locations under 20,000 population. Years prior to 2005 (1996-2004) had even smaller samples, and the thresholds for data availability are stricter.

Location can be any geographic entity defined by the Bureau, and can be of any legal status (incorporated city, tract, township, state, etc...) The population size, rather than the type determines when and what sort of data are released. Please note that the Bureau uses the term "Place" very specifically to indicate an incorporated city or village, and does not use the more common vernacular definition.

U.S. Census Bureau (homepage)

Ohio Department of Development - Ohio data

American Community Survey Data - For all years and locations that are available

American Community Survey Documentation



The following data are 2006 the Census website.
Just under each heading are links to 5 categories of data.
Each page has links to data from prior years for the same location

Summit County, Ohio, 2006 ACS Data
Stark County, Ohio, 2006 ACS Data
Wayne County, Ohio, 2006 ACS Data
Medina County, Ohio, 2006 ACS Data
Portage County, Ohio, 2006 ACS Data
Akron City (Place), Ohio, 2006 ACS Data
Canton City (Place), Ohio, 2006 ACS Data




The following are 2005 data on the Census website. Just under each heading are links to 5 categories of data.
Summit County, Ohio, 2005 ACS Data
Stark County, Ohio, 2005 ACS Data
Wayne County, Ohio, 2005 ACS Data
Medina County, Ohio, 2005 ACS Data
Portage County, Ohio, 2005 ACS Data
Akron City (Place), Ohio, 2005 ACS Data
Canton City (Place), Ohio, 2005 ACS Data



CODE and downloading raw data:
SPSS scripts for 2005 ACS PUMS data - these files may work on data from later years.

Use these imperfect files freely to assist with your research. Modify them as needed, and do as you'd like with them aside from claiming that you wrote them.

PUMS (Public-Use Microdata Samples) are a special extraction of Census data that provides entire records (minus specific geography) for a small sub-sample of respondents. There are PUMS data for both the decennial census and ACS. They are very useful when researchers need very specific data on respondents, but do not need a precise location. PUMS data comes in 2 distinct files. Many people merge them together to use them.

One file is the HOUSING data, which has one record per household.

The second file is the larger PERSON dataset, which includes one record for each person in every household in the HOUSING file.

You can download data from the Census Bureau directly. If you use SPSS, below are files written by CPS to format raw 2005 ACS PUMS data files.

There are 2 distinct files each for the HOUSING and PERSON data.
The first file sets the format when you import the raw data into SPSS. The second file adds the variable and value labels to your data.

To download the SPSS import script that formats the 2005 ACS HOUSING PUMS dataset, click here.
Use the import script first. Open SPSS, select the raw HOUSING .CSV data file, and then from within SPSS select this TextWizard Predefined Format (.TPF) script which guides the importing and conversion process.

To download the SPSS syntax file that adds HOUSING variable and value lables, click here.
[Use after the .TPF import script sets up your SPSS file.]

To download the SPSS import script that formats the 2005 ACS PERSON PUMS dataset, click here.
Use the import script first. Open SPSS, select the raw .CSV PERSON data file, and then from within SPSS select this TextWizard Predefined Format (.TPF) script which guides the importing and conversion process.

To download the SPSS syntax file that adds PERSON variable and value lables, click here.
[Use after the .TPF import script sets up your SPSS file. This file generates some errors when run because many of the Census labels are too long. I left the long labels intact, and you can ignore these error messages. You should pay attention to others, though.]

Now that you've created and formatted your 2 files, you can merge the HOUSING data to each corresponding record in the PERSON file.
To download the SPSS syntax file that merges these 2 files, click here.

[Be careful with the paths and file names. You'll need to sort both files by the same variable SERIALNO, which must be in exactly the same format in each file. Run this while the PERSON SPSS file is open and you've specified the path to the HOUSING SPSS file.]

Also check: Integrated Public Use Microdata Series - IPUMS - University of Minnesota- free historic and current PUMS data - including ACS
And: Columbia University technical data, links and documentation on PUMS data
Note: the Census Bureau will alter/obscure atypical responses that could permit the identification of individual respondents.


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