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Insight: Time to celebrate! New data from the American Community Survey

By: Mallory Bateman

Today marks the release of the 2014-2018 5-Year American Community Survey (ACS) Estimates. The ACS is an ongoing survey that provides information on social, demographic, and economic characteristics of communities. The ACS began in 2008 and replaced the Census Long Form in 2010. Each year, we receive a new update to both the 1 and 5-Year Estimates. This is the second release shared on the new data.census.gov platform.

This release is particularly relevant for Utahns, because the 5-Year Estimates are available for all geographies, from the state down to census tracts. The 1-Year ACS Estimates are only provided for populations over 65,000. Additionally, this release allows us to compare with the 2009-2013 5-Year Estimates and see how things have changed.

In the national release, the focus was on the 65 and older population. Two counties were mentioned in the release, for their low and high rankings nationally. The new data shows that Utah County has one of the lowest shares of 65 and older people living alone and Summit County has one of the highest shares of 65 and over individuals with broadband subscriptions.

Since we have an ongoing data so