After delays due to the pandemic’s impact on survey response rates, the U.S. Census Bureau released the long-awaited American Community Survey (ACS) 2016-2020 5-Year sample on March 17, 2022. While the release is the first to include survey results from 2020, SCAG is not expecting to get complete 1-year data for 2020. Only select data sets are available, and none are available for geographies smaller than states.
This release provides an opportunity to compare 15 years’ worth of ACS data using 5-year samples since the ACS’s inception in 2006. Samples are now available which cover 2006-2010, 2011-2015, and 2016-2020. In effect, these data sets compare the most recently available data (i.e., late 2010s) to conditions five years prior (i.e., early 2010s) and ten years prior (i.e., late 2000s).