New Year, New Data

It’s 2020, and there are lots of updates and new datasets being added to! This week, we are proud to announce we have updated our site with the 2018 American Community Survey 5 year dataset. 

The American Community Survey (ACS) is conducted annually by the U.S. Census Bureau to generate vital data on our country and communities. This data is used by public officials, city planners, and entrepreneurs to learn more about jobs and occupations, determine the distribution of federal and state funding, and help communities plan for the future. 

The ACS publishes data annually in 1 and 5 year datasets. The 1 year dataset contains the newest data but only covers geographies with a population over 65,000 people. The 5 year dataset; however, is a “moving average” of the last 5 years of collected data, and with that an extended sample size is published for virtually all types of geographies. At, we choose to exclusively use the 5 year dataset as it allows for comparisons between all common geographies from Kansas counties, legislative districts, congressional districts, etc.

To view the newly published census data, visit our data dashboard and select one of the topics under “Topic 4: Census Demographics by Common Political Geographies.”

If you want to learn more about the ACS – and join us in data geek-dom – please click here