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Why don't I see an American Community Survey (ACS) Selected Population Profile (SPP) table for a specific group in my city or county?

There are two thresholds used for Selected Population Profiles (SPPs).

First, we look at the total population size of the geographic area. Beginning with the 2007 American Community Survey (ACS), SPPs are released for geographic areas with a total population of at least 500,000. Prior to the 2007 ACS, Selected Population Profiles were produced for geographic areas with a total population of at least 1 million.

Second, we look at the size of the population group of interest. 

  • The 1-year SPPs are released for population groups with an estimated population of 65,000 or more. 
  • The 3-year SPPs are released for population groups with an estimated population of 20,000 or more. 
  • The 5-year ACS estimates do not include SPPs. However, a product similar to Census 2000 Summary File 4 and the American Indian and Alaskan Native Summary File was released in 2012 using 2006-2010 ACS 5-year estimates.   Learn more about this special data release.

Selected Population Profiles provide summary tables separately for over 100 detailed race, ethnic, ancestry, and tribal groups. Beginning with the 2007 American Community Survey, the SPPs are also available for approximately 100 countries and region of birth groups.


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