The United States Census Bureau is the source for all population and demographic information. But, the Census survey was last conducted in 2000. The American Community Survey (ACS) is designed to keep information timely and to show communities how they are changing. The American Community Survey (ACS) collects information on age, race, income, home value, veteran status and other important data. These estimates will be done on a yearly basis for geographic areas with a population of 65,000 or more. Multi-year estimates will be done for those areas with a population of less than 65,000.
Here’s how you find data on the ACS. You access it through American FactFinder. You will then click on the American Community Survey link. After you will use the 2007 survey and click on “Data Profiles” on the right. This will take you to the Data Set, and you will use either the name or address search. For the name search, you can search by State, and then select your chosen state – New York. You can also search by the county level, you would click County, and you could select Kings County (Brooklyn). For a more concentrated search, you can use the address search, and you enter the address. This is similar to the MyNeighborhood via nyc.gov. You will be able to select the data, there’s an option for Public Use Microform Area (PUMA), see if the area matches your community district. Once you select your search method and data set, you will see a new page, and on the top of the page, you will see links for selected data: Social, Economic, Housing, Demographic and Narrative.