American Community Survey Data in SimplyAnalytics

Hello readers! We hope you’re having a great day. Today we are featuring 5 commonly asked questions about the American Community Survey dataset that’s available to all customers in SimplyAnalytics. Let’s get started.

What is the American Community Survey?

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing monthly/annual survey of over 3.5 million households in the US conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The ACS asks questions about topics such as education, employment, internet access, transportation, disability and more. These topics and the reported answers are useful to understand communities, and to help determine funding/programming needs. Here’s a wonderful explanation of why the ACS asks about each of these topics:

What Years are Available in SimplyAnalytics?

Every SimplyAnalytics user has access to the following years of ACS data: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 (estimate), 2021 (estimate), 2025 (projection), 2026 (projection).

How can I access the ACS data in SimplyAnalytics?

You can jump directly to the ACS data folder by clicking on Browse by Data Folder from within the Data block at the top left of SimplyAnalytics.

From the Help Desk – Population Data Filter

Hello readers! We hope you are having a wonderful day. Today we feature a question from the help desk that we think many users would find useful. Let’s get started.

The question: How can I identify all cities in the US that have a population of 25K to 100K?

The answer: This is a great question, and a perfect use case for the data filter feature in SimplyAnalytics. Here’s how to do that: In your Project, select New View (1) > Create Ranking Report (2)

next, set your Location to: USA (3) – then add in the Total Population data variable (4) that is found under the Popular Data Category. Click Done (5).

At the top of the Ranking Report, set the dropdown to be “Cities” such that it is displaying: Cities in USA