U.S. Census and the American Community Survey

PRB conducts research on the 2020 Census and produces high-quality, nontechnical publications on topics like the undercount of children and census FAQs.

PRB has expert knowledge and extensive experience with U.S. decennial census and American Community Survey data, methodology, and applications.

We analyze data from the U.S. decennial census, American Community Survey (ACS), and other data sources and disseminate results through high-quality, nontechnical publications. For example, our Population Bulletin on the 2020 Census provides a preview of key population and housing trends that will shape the United States in 2020 and beyond. Our U.S. 2020 Census FAQ answers frequently asked questions about the census. We have also produced video tutorials that provide an introduction on how to access and use ACS data. We are also tracking developments and changes to the Census operational status.

To support efforts to reduce the undercount of young children in the 2020 Census, PRB conducted research to identify factors that predict where children under age 5 are more likely to be missed in the census and developed a new undercount risk measure for young children. A database and interactive map show the risk of undercounting young children across U.S. census tracts in nearly 700 large counties.

PRB has also been a long-term partner to the U.S. Census Bureau, helping to inform policymakers, the media, and the public about the importance of data from the decennial census and ACS. Under this project, we work in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to:

These activities facilitate communication about decennial census and ACS issues and applications among a broad group of data users, and between data users and the Census Bureau.


PRB staff are experts in global health, population data and trends, and U.S. Census data. We also provide training in issues-based journalism and policy communication.

To learn more about our experts, please visit Leadership and Staff.


Here’s the Place That Will Make or Break Biden’s $20 Billion Broadband Plan

CNET | Feb. 19, 2021
PRB’s report on the digital divide in Appalachia, developed on behalf of the Appalachian Regional Commission was cited.

Harnessing Demographic Dividend Will Speed Up Ghana’s Development – NPC

News Ghana | Feb. 19, 2021
PRB’s work with Ghana’s National Population Council on demographic dividends was highlighted.


Republicans and Democrats From Florida Request More COVID-19 Vaccines for Snowbirds

Miami Herald | Jan. 14, 2021
PRB’s research on aging trends in the United States was cited.


Personas Mayores de 65 Años Serán Las Próximas en Recibir la Vacuna Contra el Coronavirus en Florida

(People Over 65 Will Be the Next to Receive the Coronavirus Vaccine in Florida)
Univision | Dec. 23, 2020
PRB’s research on aging trends in the United States was cited.


Florida Could Lose Power in Washington if Trump’s New Immigration Order Is Enacted

The Miami Herald | July 21, 2020
Beth Jarosz discussed the potential impact of President Trump’s Executive Order requiring the Census Bureau to exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census population counts used for apportionment.

2020 Census Self-Response Rates and Undercount Risk of Young Children

NPR | July 5, 2020
PRB’s report on self-response rates in areas at risk for undercounting young children in the 2020 Census was featured in the daily newscast.(Our segment begins at the 3:52 mark.)


COVID-19: What Will the World Look Like Nine Months on?

Knowledge Success Blog | June 25, 2020
Kristen Patterson discussed the importance of supporting sustainable solutions led by local women and youth.

Nesting Isn’t Hormonal, It’s Societal, Says New Research

Motherly | March 11, 2020
Linda Jacobsen discussed research on why mothers do more housework when they have a partner in the home.

Hundreds of Thousands of Kids Could Be Missed by the 2020 Census. These N.J. Towns Will Be Affected Most | March 6, 2020
Mark Mather discussed reasons why young children are undercounted in the decennial census.

Featured Experts

Linda A. Jacobsen

Vice President, U.S. Programs

Toshiko Kaneda

Technical Director, Demographic Research

Beth Jarosz

Senior Research Associate


Management of Complex Technical Programs

At PRB, we have the expertise, infrastructure, and global networks to take on some of the world’s most complex population and health challenges on behalf of our funders and partners.

Many of our partnerships span decades, built on good faith relationships established by our direct experiences with individuals and organizations across the globe at the intersection of the environment, health, family planning, and population.

We work with a wide range of partners in sectors including government, nonprofit, research, business, and philanthropy. Our approach focuses on evidence, audience, and context.

For more than 30 years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has relied on PRB to build the capacity of organizations around the world to accurately and effectively convey messages to decisionmakers that propel changes in areas such as gender, family planning, and reproductive health. Our capacity-building approach supports partners on the journey to self-reliance. We work with longstanding partners to provide resources and limited, highly specific technical assistance. For those facing institutional challenges, we provide a full suite of support, including mentorship from peer institutions, technical training, and collaborative creation of communications materials.

Researchers and decisionmakers have relied on PRB’s expertise to oversee multiple programs for the U.S. Census Bureau since 2013. In partnership with the Census Bureau, PRB created and manages communities to support researchers, data users, and policymakers working with American Community Survey (ACS) data; organizes annual ACS Data Users conferences; and plays a key role in the creation of Census Bureau data products.

PRB’s manages multiple complex technical programs for several partners and clients around the world each year.