Esri releases 2022 update of ready-to-use US Census Bureau data for ArcGIS users

Esri releases 2022 update of ready-to-use US Census Bureau data for ArcGIS users

Annually updated US Community Survey data is now available in the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World

REDLANDS, California, December 19, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The United States Census Bureau recently released its annual update of its American Community Survey (ACS) data. ACS data is important to federal agencies and state and local governments, many of which require its use for their operations and decision-making, as well as to nonprofit organizations that rely on the data for grant applications. To help meet this need, Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, has updated ACS layers and maps in the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. The most recent values ​​for five-year estimates of current data on demographic, housing, and labor force characteristics of the US population are now readily available to ArcGIS software users.

ArcGIS Living Atlas is the premier collection of global geographic information and includes maps, apps, and data layers used by organizations around the world for research and analysis. Through ArcGIS Living Atlas, users can map and query more than 1,700 annually updated attributes of ACS tables, and this integration gives them a faster way to access and analyze this data.

Updated layers in the collection include the latest five-year estimates covering 2017-2021 and include the following topics and more:

  • Income

  • Poverty status

  • Residence

  • Health insurance

  • Internet access

  • education

  • Disability

ACS helps local officials, community leaders and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities. It is the premier government source for detailed national population and housing information.

“When we were asked to answer equity questions regarding a citywide ordinance to tax oil-heated homes, this seamless duct-based data was indispensable,” said Jennifer Pettyjohn, senior GIS analyst, City of Seattle Planning Department. “It was as if [ArcGIS] Living Atlas knew we were going to be asked this question. The ACS team was there for me to use.”

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The collection also contains historical ACS teams, which have now been updated with the latest symbology corresponding to the current year’s teams, so that accurate comparisons can be made. For example, users can see how poverty levels have changed in a city by visualizing which areas have improved and which have not.

With the fifth annual update, Esri also released a lightweight app that gives users a quick sense of how reliable estimates are for each tract and how they become more reliable when aggregating tracts using a neighborhood boundary or other shape.

As with previous years, additional state, county and tract boundaries are beached where necessary, with several large or important bodies of water cut out of the polygons. This supports map styles like point density and map effects like drop shadow to work better. ACS layers in the ArcGIS Living Atlas are typically updated each December within days of the US Census Bureau releasing its new five-year estimates.

The current five-year ACS data can be accessed in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online, Esri’s configurable apps and dashboards, and ArcGIS StoryMaps. All maps using these layers will automatically contain the latest ACS figures.

To learn more about the latest updates and how to use ACS data layers in ArcGIS Living Atlas, visit

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