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Psych 317: Community Research

Guide for Psychology 317 Community Research taught by Lorraine Gutierrez Fall 2014

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Catherine Morse
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Understanding Census Data

How do I know if it's in the 2010 Census or American Community Survey?

Best Bets for Census Data

The American Community Survey

The ACS is a sample survey.  It goes to about 3% of households in a given year, as compared to the decennial census long form which went to 1 in 6 households once every 10 years.  It covers more topics than the decennial census.  Questions asked cover:

•age
•sex
•race
•family and relationships
•income and benefits
•health insurance
•education
•veteran status
•disabilities
•where you work and how you get there
•where you live and how much you pay for some essentials
•and other topics related to people, households, families and housing

2010 Census Data

The 2010 Decennial Census had only 10 questions.  They covered these topics:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Household Relationship
  • Housing Tenure (own or rent)
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