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A national survey by the U.S. Census Bureau that collects information such as age, race, income, commute time to work, home value, veteran status and other important household data. It is collected more regularly than the decennial census. The ACS helps communities be more responsive planning for their needs in between each decennial census.  <\/p>", "inDefinedTermSet": "https://affordablehousingonline.com/glossary" },

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American Community Survey (ACS)

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A national survey by the U.S. Census Bureau that collects information such as age, race, income, commute time to work, home value, veteran status and other important household data. It is collected more regularly than the decennial census. The ACS helps communities be more responsive planning for their needs in between each decennial census.