U.S. Bureau of the Census

09/14/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/13/2017 22:25

New American Community Survey Statistics for States and Local Areas

SEPT. 14, 2017 -The U.S. Census Bureau today released its most detailed look at America's people, places and economy with new statistics on income, poverty, health insurance and more than 40 other topics from the American Community Survey.

Many states saw an increase in income and a decrease in poverty rates between 2015 and 2016. During that same period, the percentage of people covered by health insurance increased in most of the largest 25 metropolitan areas. The findings are from the Census Bureau's 2016 American Community Survey, the nation's most comprehensive information source on American households. Today's release provides statistics on more than 40 social, economic and housing topics for U.S. communities with populations of 65,000 or more.

'The American Community Survey allows us to track incremental changes across our nation on how the nation's people live and work, year-to-year,' Census Bureau Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division Chief David Waddington said. 'It's our country's only source of small area estimates for social and demographic characteristics. These estimates help people, businesses and governments throughout the country better understand the needs of their populations, the markets in which they operate and the challenges and opportunities they face.'

Below are some of the local-level income, poverty and health insurance statistics from the American Community Survey that complement the national-level statistics released earlier this week from the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The Current Population Survey is the leading source for national-level data, and the American Community Survey is the leading source for community and local-level data. For more information on the topics included in the American Community Survey, ranging from educational attainment to computer use to commuting, please visit census.gov. To access the full set of statistics released today, please visit American FactFinder.