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.


The Key to Marketing to Older People? Don’t Say ‘Old.’

The New York Times | Dec. 8, 2021
PRB’s analysis of aging trends in the United States was cited.

The First ‘Momnibus’ Bill Was Signed Into Law. Other Strides for Black Maternal Health Could Follow. 

The Washington Post | Dec. 6, 2021
PRB’s reporting on the disparity in premature births between Black Americans and white Americans was highlighted.

A Majority of Young Africans Have Not Traveled Within the Continent, a Survey Shows

Quartz Africa | Nov. 24, 2021
PRB’s projections for the growth in Africa’s youth population by 2030 were cited.

Baby Born 19 Weeks Early Defies Long Odds and Astonishes Doctors

The New York Times | Nov. 13, 2021
PRB’s reporting on the disparity in premature births between Black Americans and white Americans was cited.

Female Enrollment Up in Colleges, but Faculty Pay Gap Remains

Nebraska Public Media | Nov. 12, 2021
Beth Jarosz discussed the progress and challenges for women in college education.

Alabama Boy Becomes Guinness World Record Holder for Most Premature Baby to Survive

The Grio | Nov. 12, 2021
PRB’s reporting on the disparity in premature births between Black Americans and white Americans was cited.

Why California’s Universal Transitional Kindergarten Plan Poses a Threat to Some Early Childhood Ed Providers

KQED | Oct. 28, 2021
PRB analyzed enrollment data for early childhood education programs in California for this story.

Avortement médicalisé : près de 20 ans après le protocole de Maputo, où en est-t-on?

BBC | Sept. 28, 2021
The report cites data from PRB’s Abortion Facts and Figures 2021 brief.

How Far will Global Population Rise? Researchers Can’t Agree

Nature | Sept. 21, 2021
Toshiko Kaneda discussed the variables involved in population projections.

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.