Metadata: American Community Survey 5-Year Summary- Demographics

American Community Survey 5-Year Summary- Demographics

This page last updated: 03/15/2022
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  1. Overview
  2. Data Quality
  3. Data Organization
  4. Coordinate System
  5. Attributes
  6. Distribution - Get Data
  7. Metadata Reference

Section 1: Overview

Originator:U.S. Census Bureau

Title: American Community Survey 5-Year Summary- Demographics

Abstract: The American Community Survey (ACS) provides detailed demographic, social, economic, commuting and housing statistics based on continuous survey data collection. Data collected over the most recent 5 years are batched, summarized and published the following December.

Starting with the 2016-2020 data, tract and block group boundaries are those used in the 2020 Census. If you need the most recent ACS data for the tract and block group boundaries used in the 2010 Census, contact Matt Schroeder (information below).

Purpose: The American Community Survey (ACS) provides detailed demographic, social, economic, commuting and housing statistics based on continuous survey data collection. Data collected over the most recent 5 years are batched, summarized and published the following December. Summary tables compiled with 5-year data have approximately 20,000 variables from 900 tabulations. The published Census statistics have been recompiled by Metropolitan Council, with custom field names, in order to accomplish definitional and categorical consistency between Census 1990, Census 2000, and ACS.

Time Period of Content Date:

Currentness Reference: This dataset includes 2016-2020 five-year ACS estimates.

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and Update Frequency: Annually

Spatial Extent of Data: This dataset covers Minnesota.

Bounding Coordinates: -97.23
-89.53
49.37
43.5

Place Keywords: Minnesota

Theme Keywords: census, demographics, population, socioeconomic characteristics, American Community Survey

Theme Keyword Thesaurus:

Access Constraints: None. This dataset is public domain under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13). If the dataset is not available from the Online Linkage in Section 6, please contact the Distribution Contact Person.

Use Constraints: None. This dataset is public domain under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13).

Contact Person Information: Catalog Manager,
University of Minnesota, Natural Resources Research Institute
5013 Miller Trunk Highway
Duluth, MN  55803
Phone: 218-788-2767
Email: nrri-gis@d.umn.edu

Browse Graphic: None available

Associated Data Sets: Block Groups and Tracts: Census 2020 Geography ( https://gisdata.mn.gov/dataset/us-mn-state-metc-society-census2020tiger )

Section 2: Data Quality

Attribute Accuracy: Statistics produced for American Community Survey and included in ACS tables are survey-based estimates and are subject to error. The errors derive from research design (including instrument bias, data frame, and sampling), the survey data collection (non-response bias and response errors), and processing by the Census Bureau (data coding, compilation processes, and case weighting), as well as statistical inference error and uncertainty (which are related to sample size and variance within the measured attributes). US Census Bureau's report on "Accuracy of the Data" can be found at http://www.census.gov/acs/www/data_documentation/documentation_main/

Starting with the 2016-2020 five-year estimates, the Census Bureau applied new question formats and data processing procedures for race and Hispanic/Latino origin. ( https://www.census.gov/newsroom/blogs/random-samplings/2021/08/improvements-to-2020-census-race-hispanic-origin-question-designs.html ) As a result, users should be careful when making comparisons of race and Hispanic/Latino origin between the 2016-2020 estimates and earlier ACS estimates.

Logical Consistency:

Completeness: Entire state is covered. Some data elements (fields) may have missing values due to sample size insufficent for estimation.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:


Lineage: Data available annually, starting with period 2005-09.
Each annual vintage release uses the most recent year's TIGER geographic boundaries.

Section 3: Spatial Data Organization (not used in this metadata)


Section 4: Coordinate System

Horizontal Coordinate Scheme:

Horizontal Datum:

Horizontal Units:

Vertical Datum: not applicable

Vertical Units:

Depth Datum: not applicable

Depth Units:

Section 5: Attributes

Overview: GEOID = unique identifier used by Census FactFinder website
GEONAME = name label for geographic unit
AREASQMILE = area of Block Group in square miles
POPTOTAL = total population (B01001)
AGEUNDER18 = population age under 18 (B01001)
YOUTHPERCENT = percent of population age under 18
AGE65UP = population age 65+ (B01001)
AGE65UPPER = percent of population age 65+
HHTOTAL = total households (B11005)
AVGHHSIZE = average household size (B11002/B11005)
HSORHIGHER = population of 25+ year olds who completed high school
HSPERC = percent of population of 25+ year olds who completed high school
BACHORHIGH = population of 25+ year olds who completed a bachelor's degree
BACHPERC = percent of population of 25+ year olds who completed a bachelor's degree
PUBTRANSIT = take public transit to work (B08301 and C08301)
PUBTRANPER = percent of population who take public transit to work
AVGCOMMUTE = mean average commute length (B08013/B08303)
FORBORNNOT = non-citizens who were born abroad (B05001)
FORBORNPERC = percent of population who are non-citizens who were born abroad
ANYDIS = People with any disability (B18101)
ANYDISPERC = percent of population with any disability
ENGLISH = population (5 and over) who speak English at home (B16001 and C16005)
NONENGLISH = population (5 and over) who do not speak English at home
NONENGPERC = percent of population (5 and over) who do not speak English at home
PCI = income per capita (B19301)
MEDIANHHI = median income per household (B19013)
POVERTYN = estimated population with income 0=99% of poverty threshold (C17002)
POV100RATE = share of population with income 0=99% of poverty threshold (C17002)
HOMEOWNPCT = share of households that own their housing (B25003)
BURDOWN = home-owners spending 30+ percent of household budget on housing (B25091)
BURDRENT = renters spending 30+ percent of household budget on housing (B25070)
BURDHH = households spending 30+ percent of household budget on housing
BURDHHPERC = percent of households spending 30+ percent of household budget on housing

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Section 6: Distribution

Publisher: Metropolitan Council and Natural Resource Research Institute

Publication Date: 03/15/2022

Contact Person Information: Catalog Manager,
University of Minnesota, Natural Resources Research Institute
5013 Miller Trunk Highway
Duluth, MN  55803
Phone: 218-788-2767
Email: nrri-gis@d.umn.edu

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Distribution Liability: NOTICE: The data to which this notice is attached are made available pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13). THE DATA ARE PROVIDED TO YOU AS IS AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY AS TO THEIR PERFORMANCE, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. The Metropolitan Council developed some of the data for its own internal business purposes and is redistributing data developed by other data providers (e.g., the U.S. Census Bureau and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development). The Metropolitan Council does not represent or warrant that the data or the data documentation are error-free, complete, current, or accurate. You are responsible for any consequences resulting from your use of the data or your reliance on the data. You should consult the data documentation for these particular data to determine the limitations of the data. If you transmit or provide the data (or any portion of it) to another user, it is recommended that the data include a copy of this disclaimer and this metadata.

Ordering Instructions:

Online Linkage: None available

Section 7: Metadata Reference

Metadata Date: 03/15/2022

Contact Person Information: Catalog Manager,
University of Minnesota, Natural Resources Research Institute
5013 Miller Trunk Highway
Duluth, MN  55803
Phone: 218-788-2767
Email: nrri-gis@d.umn.edu

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