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U.S. Census Bureau Releases

2012-2016 5-Year Estimates

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. The ACS is the most relied-on source for up-to-date social, economic, housing, and demographic information every year. These statistics cover all geographic areas regardless of size, down to the block-group level.

The ACS is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as educational attainment, occupation, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry, and selected monthly homeowner costs.

Visit the Census Bureau's American FactFinder or use the Census API to start exploring these estimates.

For more information, visit the links below:

  • Guidance for Data Users: Learn more about the types of data tables and tools available, and get guidance about when to use 1-year and 5-yearestimates.

  • 2012-2016ACS5-year Narrative Profiles: 2012-2016ACS5-year Narrative Profiles are available for state, county, place, metropolitan/micropolitan statistical area, ZIP Code Tabulation Area, American Indian Area/Alaska Native Area/Hawaiian Home Land and census tract. Narrative Profiles summarize many topics using nontechnical text and graphs. Visit both the ACSNarrative Profiles page and American FactFinder for continuous profile data since 2009.

  • Updated ACS5-year and Census 2000 SF3 Table Comparisons: Visit our ACS/Census 2000 Table Comparisons tool to find comparable tables between ACS5-yearestimates and Census 2000 Summary File 3 detailed tables.

  • Summary File Data: The 2012-2016ACS5-year Summary File data on the FTP site are now available. Supporting materials were released last week.

  • Updated County Profiles: Like the Geography Profiles for states, the County Profiles provide visuals of QuickFacts data, presenting charts and maps to give a snapshot for each county. These profiles have been updated with 2012-2016ACS5-year data. To test things out, visit and search for your county. Then let us know what you think by emailing your thoughts to

The ACS provides reliable statistics that are used to make informed decisions about the future. These statistics are required by all levels of government to manage or evaluate a wide range of programs, but are also useful for research, business, education, journalism, and advocacy. If you have questions about this survey, please call our Customer Services Center on 1-800-923-8282.

To request a free data workshop, training, or presentation from the U.S. Census Bureau, please contact the Data Dissemination Office at or 1-844-ASK-DATA (1-844-275-3282).

Thank you,

American Community Survey Office

U.S. Census Bureau



  • On December 07, 2017 U.S. Census Bureau released the 2012-2016 5-Year American Community Survey (ACS) data for every community nationwide. The news release included data highlights: Commuting Times, Median Rents and Language other than English Use in the Home on the Rise. Check out for the data highlights.

  • The 5-Year estimates are particularly useful for communities in South Dakota. Due to the population threshold, the 1-Year estimates provide data for only two counties in South Dakota: Minnehaha and Pennington. The ACS 5-Year estimates provide a full set of comprehensive data on demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics for all other counties, cities, and towns in the state. Check out the selected statistics from the 2012-2016 ACS 5-Year estimates for all counties and the state.

  • County Data Highlights:

    • Potter County had the highest median age of 53.5 with 28.2% of the county population aged 65 and over and 5.2% aged 85 and over.

    • Todd County was one of the youngest counties in the nation with a median age of 24.3 with 40.3% of the county population under age 18 and 12.6% under 5 years.

    • Fall River County had the largest share of the county population who are Veterans (17.3% compared to the state share of 9.8%).

    • 10.9% of the population in Beadle County are foreign born (compared to the state share of 3.2%).

    • Beadle County had the largest share of people employed in manufacturing industry (22.1% compared to the state share of 9.9%).

    • 69.1% of people in Lincoln County who worked outside the county, followed by Stanley County, Hanson County, and Meade County, which all had more than 60% of the county population working outside the county. The state had on average 20.7% of the total population who worked outside their county of residence.

    • Clay County had the largest share of people who have completed a bachelor’s degree (47.8%) or an advanced degree (21.7%).

    • Lincoln County had the lowest poverty rates (3.7% below poverty) and the highest median household income ($77,455).

    • Oglala Lakota County and Todd County had among the highest poverty rates (53.9% and 47.1% below poverty).

    • Hanson County had the highest home-ownership rate (87.6%).

    • 32.9% of housing units in Oglala Lakota County are mobile homes.

    • Fall River County had 39.4% homeowners paying 30 percent or more of household income housing; Clay County had 57.2% renter units spending 30 percent or more of household income on housing.

    • Health insurance coverage was lowest in Buffalo County (46.6% uninsured and 28.9% children without health insurance coverage).

  • The Center prepared town profiles highlighting selected statistics for De Smet City and Wall Town.

  • The Center also put together a file comparing the state statistics between the period of 2012-2016 and the period of 2007-2011.

To learn more about the American Community Survey — how it works and how you can use it, you can also visit or contact Dr. Weiwei Zhang ( at the State Data Center to arrange a workshop.