Thursday, December 3, 2015

10 Ways the American Community Survey Serves Communities

"Since 2005, the American Community Survey has provided annual data on more than 40 topics for our nation’s communities. Over the past 10 years, we have seen the many ways local communities, businesses, policymakers and researchers use these statistics to guide decisions that affect the daily lives of the American people.
How have you used #ACSdata over the last 10 years? We invite you to share your experiences in the comments or on Twitter. Here’s just a few examples:
1. Disability StatisticsThe Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services used American Community Survey statistics on disabilities to justify the need for the 2015 Chesney Fallen Firefighters Memorial Grant to purchase bedside alarms for deaf/hard of hearing individuals.
2. Poverty Statistics 
Information on income and poverty is used to allocate funding to areas with the greatest need. Philabundance, a hunger relief organization serving the greater Philadelphia area, used poverty and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program statistics from the American Community Survey to map where people in need lived. Through the visualization, they found that hunger was not confined to the city limits; it had expanded into the suburbs and rural areas. Philabundance uses these statistics to guide decisions regarding hunger relief efforts...."
American Community Survey

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