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Working with the American Community Survey in R

A Guide to Using the acs Package


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Statistics book series (BRIEFSSTATIST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Ezra Haber Glenn
    Pages 9-14
  3. Ezra Haber Glenn
    Pages 15-37
  4. Ezra Haber Glenn
    Pages 39-40
  5. Ezra Haber Glenn
    Pages 41-41
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 43-53

About this book


This book serves as a hands-on guide to the "acs" R package for demographers, planners, and other researchers who work with American Community Survey (ACS) data. It gathers the most common problems associated with using ACS data and implements functions as a package in the R statistical programming language.  The package defines a new "acs" class object (containing estimates, standard errors, and metadata for tables from the ACS) with methods to deal appropriately with common tasks (e.g., creating and combining subgroups or geographies, automatic fetching of data via the Census API, mathematical operations on estimates, tests of significance, plots of confidence intervals).


American Community Survey R package census data US Census Bureau urban studies estimates acs acs.R geographic output statistical graphing data structure sampling structure weighting random sampling random sample margin of error

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Urban Studies & PlanningMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

About the authors

Ezra Haber Glenn, AICP, is Lecturer in the Housing, Community, and Economic Development Group of MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where he teaches on both community development practice and quantitative methods for planning. He has taught urban planning, politics, and GIS mapping as well at Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Ezra is also the developer and maintainer of the "acs" package in the R Statistical Language, which helps users download and work with data from the American Community Survey in R.

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