Census Bureau: Schedule for Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Statistics and ACS Data Release

The U.S. Census Bureau’s schedule for the release of the 2017 income, poverty and health insurance coverage statistics from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey and the 2017 American Community Survey is as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 (no embargo)

  • National 2017 income, poverty and health insurance coverage statistics: Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement —Annual release of national-level income, poverty and health insurance coverage statistics. The reports will include statistics for calendar year 2017 and compare trends with previous years.
  • State-level 2017 health insurance coverage statistics: American Community Survey —The health insurance report will include tables showing state-level coverage and trends between 2008 and 2017.
  • National 2017 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement —Annual release of supplemental poverty estimates for the nation and states.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (embargo begins at 10 a.m. EDT on Sept. 11)

  • 2017 American Community Survey — Statistics on numerous demographic, social, economic and housing characteristics, including language spoken at home, educational attainment, commute to work, employment, mortgage status and rent, as well as income, poverty and health insurance coverage will be available. Statistics will be available for geographic areas with populations of 65,000 or more. Embargo subscriberscan access these statistics beginning at 10 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, Sept. 11, for release at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

  • 2017 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample —The Public Use Microdata Sample files will be released and will provide a 1 percent sample of the U.S. population for users to create their own tabulations.
  • 2017 supplemental estimates —This product consists of 59 detailed tables tabulated on the 2017 American Community Survey microdata for geographies with populations of 20,000 or more.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 (embargo begins at 10 a.m. on Dec. 4)

  • 2013-2017 American Community Survey— The statistics derived from five years of data collection cover all geographic areas regardless of size, down to the block-group level. Users will be able to compare two nonoverlapping five-year periods (2008-2012 and 2013-2017). Embargo subscribers can access these statistics beginning at 10 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, Dec. 4, for release at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 6.

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019:

  • 2013-2017 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample — The Public Use Microdata Sample filesprovide a 5 percent sample of the U.S. population for users to create their own tabulations.
  • 2013-2017 replicate tables —This product provides expanded versions of 107 detailed tables that are published in American FactFinder. In addition to the published estimates and margins of error, 80 replicates for variance calculations are also provided. This product is intended for advanced users and will allow them to calculate the margins of error when aggregating across geographies or collapsing categories within tables without using approximation formulas. The replicate tables will be released on the FTP site with links available on American FactFinder.
  • Puerto Rico Community Survey — The Spanish language 2017 and 2013-2017 Puerto Rico Community Survey will be available in American FactFinder.

Statistical Testing Spreadsheet

This American Community Survey statistical comparison tool helps users carry out statistical testing for two or more American Community Survey estimates. The spreadsheet factors in the margin of error to determine whether the estimates are significantly different (higher or lower) from each other or are not significantly different (statistically tied) from each other. For more information on using the statistical testing tool, click here to read our blog.

About the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey

The Current Population Survey serves as the nation’s primary source of statistics on labor force characteristics. The Annual Social and Economic Supplement provides the official annual statistics on the nation’s poverty levels as well as statistics on income, health insurance coverage, marital status, educational attainment, employee benefits, work schedules, school enrollment, noncash benefits and migration. The Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics have conducted the Current Population Survey for more than 50 years. The statistics are used by government policymakers as important indicators of our nation’s economy and for planning and evaluating many government programs.

About the American Community Survey 

The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about people and housing for every community across the nation. The results are used by a wide variety of users from town and city planners to retailers and homebuilders. The survey is the only source of local estimates for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as income, poverty, health insurance coverage, education, occupation, language, ancestry and housing cos

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