Census Data and Analysis

The U. S. Census Bureau provides a broad spectrum of demographic, housing, economic and social data through the decennial Census and the annual American Community Survey. These data are used for a wide range of research, planning and marketing activities.

Consistently provided for decades, the decennial Census provides valuable information to monitor long-term trends. With the 2010 decennial Census, however, the Census Bureau has eliminated the “Census long form” in favor of its annual survey, the American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS provides detailed local demographic and housing statistics based on survey data that are annually refreshed. New data from the ACS are released annually. The Census Bureau releases data based on one year of survey results for states, metropolitan areas, counties and cities with over 65,000 residents. Data for areas with over 20,000 residents are available based on three years of survey results (“3-year-average”). Like the decennial Census, the ACS allows us to both understand local trends and put the Twin Cities metropolitan area in a broader national context:

Learn more about metropolitan area definitions.

The Council believes that sharing a common, accurate base of information leads to better decision-making and planning among the region's many businesses, nonprofit organizations, communities and other government agencies. To help the region access and use Census data, the Council is a Census State Data Center (SDC) affiliate. Data from the decennial Census and the American Community Survey are available through:


More information is available at the Census Bureau's American Community Survey website.