Census Acronyms of Interest

State Data Centers (SDCs)

American Community Survey (ACS)

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides vital information on a yearly basis about our nation and its people. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $675 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.

Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the CPS (ASEC)

A set of supplemental questions to the monthly basic CPS questions.  Supplemental inquiries vary month to month and cover a wide variety of topics such as child support, volunteerism, health insurance coverage, and school enrollment.  

Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) annually beginning January 1. The BAS is used to update information about the legal boundaries and names of all governmental units in the United States.

Building Permits Survey (BPS)

The Building Permits Survey provides national, state, and local statistics on new privately-owned residential construction.  Data collection includes a monthly survey of 9,000 selected permit-issuing places; and an annual census of an additional 11,000 permit places that are not in the monthly sample.

Customer Liaison and Marketing Office (CLMSO)

CLMSO works directly with State Data Centers, Census Information Centers and other non-governmental organizations to develop, coordinate and implement partnerships and plans for communicating to keep them abreast of Census activities, Census Bureau program updates, and product announcements.

Census Enterprise Data Collection and Processing (CEDCaP)

Center for Enterprise Dissemination and Services and Consumer Innovation (CEDSCI)

Census Bureau is transitioning to an Enterprise model for data collection and dissemination.  These two units will integrate processes across Census Bureau surveys and programs.  

Census Information Centers (CIC)

CICs provide local and community access, training and technical assistance on census data for research, planning and decision-making for underserved communities.

Center for Economic Studies (CES)

CES conducts research in economics and other social sciences, and creates new public-use data from existing data.    

County Business Patterns (CBP)

County Business Patterns (CBP) is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. This series includes the number of establishments, employment during the week of March 12, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll. This data is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for other statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses.

Current Population Survey (CPS)

The Current Population Survey (CPS) provides information on work, earnings, and education.  In addition to being the primary source of monthly labor force statistics, the CPS is used to collect data for a variety of other indicators on economic and social well-being.  This is done by adding a set of supplemental questions to the monthly basic CPS questions.  Supplemental inquiries vary month to month and cover a wide variety of topics such as child support, volunteerism, health insurance coverage, and school enrollment.  

Data Dissemination Specialist (DDS)

Data Dissemination Specialists help the public understand and work with the data the Census Bureau collects.

Decennial Census

Every 10 years, on Census Day, which is April 1, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to determine the number of people living in the United States. The data are used to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The first U.S. census was in 1790 during the first term of our first president, George Washington. The Constitution of the United States, Article I, Sections 2 and 9, directs that a census or enumeration be taken.

Decennial Block Boundary Suggestion Project (BBSP)

The Block Boundary Suggestion Project, is phase 1 of the Redistricting Data Program. It provides states the opportunity to submit suggestions for Census tabulation block inventory. In addition, states have the opportunity to submit suggested legal boundary updates as well as updates to other geographic areas. These actions allow states to construct small area geography they need for legislative redistricting.

Decennial Complete Count Committee/Commission (CCC)

A Complete Count Committee (CCC) is a volunteer committee established by tribal, state, and local governments, and/or community leaders, to increase awareness about the census, and motivate residents in the community to respond. The committees may include a cross section of community representatives from government agencies, education, business, religious organizations, and the media.

Decennial Governors’ Liaison Network

The Governors' Liaisons Network is comprised of gubernatorial appointees from each state and territory. The U.S. Census Bureau will establish a partnership with the governor of each state, and territory through this network during the Decennial Census. This partnership will:

Decennial Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA)

LUCA is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state, and local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau's residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the Decennial Census. The Census Bureau relies on a complete and accurate address list to reach every living quarters and associated population for inclusion in the census.

Decennial Non-Response Follow Up (NRFU)

It is projected that approximately 40 percent of housing units will not initially self-respond to the Decennial Census, leaving NRFU responsible for determining the status of those housing units, and if occupied, enumerating them. To accomplish this, NRFU will recruit, train, and manage field staff that will conduct non-response follow-up.

Decennial Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP)

Allows invited participants to review and update selected statistical area boundaries for decennial Census data tabulation following U.S. Census Bureau guidelines and criteria. 

Decennial Redistricting Data Program (RDO)

The Census Redistricting Data Program provides states the opportunity to delineate voting districts and to suggest census block boundaries for use in Census redistricting data tabulations. In addition, the Redistricting Data Program will periodically collect state legislative and congressional district boundaries if they are changed by the states. The program is also responsible for the effective delivery of Redistricting Data prior to one year from census day.

Decennial Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM)

An online application developed to identify hard-to-survey areas and to provide a socioeconomic and demographic characteristic profile of these areas using American Community Survey (ACS) estimates.

Federal-State Cooperative for Population Estimates/Projections (FSCPE/P)

FSCPE/P agencies assist the Census Bureau with state and local population and housing unit estimates.  FSCPEs support efforts to improve the accuracy and timeliness of Census Bureau population estimates by reviewing and providing comments on the population and housing unit estimates and methodology.  They also participate in Decennial Count Review, supply vital statistics, information about group quarters and housing unit components.  Some FSCPE agencies also produce their own population estimates and projections.

Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS)

The Census Bureau’s customized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software.

Group Quarters (GQ)

FSCPE agencies supply information about group quarters to the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau classifies all people not living in housing units as living in group quarters. There are two types of group quarters: institutional group quarters (for example, correctional facilities for adults, nursing homes, and hospice facilities) and non-institutional group quarters (for example, college/university student housing, military quarters, and group homes,).

Local Employment Dynamics (LED)

The Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership is a voluntary federal-state partnership. Its main purpose is to merge data from workers with data from employers to produce a collection of enhanced labor market statistics known collectively as Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI).

Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD)

The Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program is part of the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau. The LEHD program produces new, cost effective, public-use information combining federal, state and Census Bureau data on employers and employees under the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership.

Master Address File (MAF)

The Census Bureau developed the Master Address File (MAF) to support field operations and allocation of housing units for tabulations. After Census 2000, both the address-based MAF and geographic TIGER ® databases merged to form the MAF/TIGER.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. NAICS was developed under the auspices of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI)

A set of economic indicators including employment, job creation, earnings, and other measures of employment flows. The QWI are reported based on detailed firm characteristics (geography, industry, age, size) and worker demographics information (sex, age, education, race, ethnicity).

Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE)

The Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program provides model-based estimates of health insurance coverage for counties and states. This program builds on the work of the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program. SAHIE is the only source of single-year health insurance coverage estimates.

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program produces single-year estimates of income and poverty for all U.S. states and counties as well as estimates of school-age children in poverty for all 13,000+ school districts.

Survey of Business Owners (SBO)

The Survey of Business Owners (SBO) provides a source of information on selected economic and demographic characteristics for businesses and business owners by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status. Title 13 of the United States Code authorizes this survey and provides for mandatory responses.

Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)

SIPP collects data and measures change for many topics including: economic well-being, family dynamics, education, assets, health insurance, childcare, and food security.

Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER)

Designed for use with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software, TIGER products are spatial extracts from the Census Bureau's Master Address File (MAF)/TIGER database, containing features such as roads, railroads, rivers, as well as legal and statistical geographic areas.

Vital Statistics

Births and Deaths data provided by States’ Departments of Health to the Census Bureau and/or the National Center for Health Statistics.  These data are used by the Census Bureau in the production of Population Estimates and Projections.