National Tools


American Community Survey (ACS)

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a survey given by the Census Bureau of the United States. It provides information at various geographic levels. The (ACS) is a yearly survey that covers a wide range of topic areas such as housing characteristics, income profiles, and other population characteristics. It is a tool that allows analysis of the past to plan for the future.

Community Commons

Community Commons is an initiative run by Institute for People, Place, and Possibility (IP3). IP3 is a non-profit working to create healthy, equitable, sustainable communities. The initiative strives to provide the best tools, resources, data, and stories to help change-makers advance equitable community health and well-being.

Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) receives Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) data that is custom from the U.S. Census American Community Survey. This data is used to demonstrate the number of households in need of housing assistance which is determined by the amount of housing units with housing problems or low income (30, 50, or 80 percent of median income). Local governments use this data to allocate HUD funds or distribute HUD grants.

U.S. Small-area Life Expectancy Estimates Project (USALEEP)

USALEEP is a partnership with National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS). The project produced a new measure of health for where you live through census tract level estimates in the United States for the period 2010-2015.