Remember the old days of the U.S. Census when you’d get either a ‘long’ or ‘short’ form from the Census Bureau to fill out about your household and demographics? Well, times are changing. The long form was replaced with the American Community Survey a while back and now it’s going digital.
The American Community Survey is sent to more than 3.5 million addresses on a rotating basis throughout the year. The survey provides a wide range of important statistics about people and housing for every community across the nation. The results are widely used, for example, by town and city planners, retailers and homebuilders and extensively here at SRTC. The survey is the only source of local estimates for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as education, occupation, language, ancestry and housing costs for even the smallest communities.

There had been talk about discontinuing the American Community Survey to save money, but the outcry by agencies that use the information apparently saved it. By putting it online, the Census Bureau says it will save money on printing, paper, postage and processing costs, while making it more convenient for the selected households to fill it out.
Households selected to participate in the American Community Survey will receive a letter in the mail with instructions about how to log in to the secure website and complete the survey online.

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