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Congress Keeps American Community Survey Intact For Now

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on September 28, 2012 - 9:28am

The continuing resolution passed by the U.S. House and Senate last week will keep the American Community Survey from being eliminated, at least until the resolution expires on March 27, 2013, according to the Association of Public Data Users. Earlier this year, a rider had been attached to the FY 2013 appropriations bills by the House eliminating the American Community Survey. In the mid-2000s, the American Community Survey replaced the decennial census “long form,” and has become the only source of many types of information on the demographics and housing stock of communities, counties, and states. The survey’s estimates are heavily used to inform decisions about housing needs in Vermont communities. The estimates populate more than half of the fields of the county and community profile fields on the Vermont Housing Data website.

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