American Community Survey (ACS) Results Now Available

Resources and Tools

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

The five-year American Community Survey (ACS) data for 2016-2020 has been released and is now available for all geographies in Maryland on the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) website

The ACS is an ongoing, nationwide, monthly survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) covering a sample of approximately three-million households each year and is used to create an estimate of socioeconomic trends in communities across the U.S. As described by the USCB, the “ACS helps local officials, community leaders, and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities. It is the premier source for detailed population and housing information about our nation.” The ACS is now the source for all socioeconomic data that was formerly obtained solely from the decennial census.  

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Travis Beal

Meet the Staff

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Travis Beal joined the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) full time as a Lead Planner in December 2021. In this role, he primarily works on data preparation and analysis for internal use as well as data requests for local and partner state agencies utilizing data from various sources including the 2020 U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, among others which are available on the Planning’s State Data Center website.

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Meet the Planning Staff: Deborah Sward

Deborah “Deb” Sward serves as Lead Geographic Information Systems Planner for the Projections and State Data Center. Her primary responsibility is preparing and mapping Census data for general use, as well as tracking demographic trends in support of specific projects. Continue reading

Meet the Planning Staff: Alfred Sundara

Al Sundara

Alfred Sundara is the Manager of Projections and State Data Center; he has been serving in that capacity since October 2016. In this position, he oversees the development of socioeconomic and school enrollment projections the Maryland Department of Planning produces. He also coordinates the activities of the State Data Center and Continue reading