2011-2015 ACS 5-Year Estimates and 2016 Determinations for the Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2011-2015 five year ACS estimates, offering a wealth of demographic and socio-economic data on more than 40 topics for communities of all sizes. The five-year estimates average data collected over the relevant time period from an annual sample of roughly 3.5 million addresses, to ensure acceptable levels of statistical reliability for data on neighborhoods, sparsely populated areas (such as rural counties), and numerically small population groups (such as veterans, persons with disabilities, and race and ethnic subgroups). Census also released the 2016 Determinations for Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, which lists 263 jurisdictions that are required to provide language assistance during elections for groups of citizens who are unable to speak or understand English adequately.

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