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Table Codes

While Census Reporter hopes to save you from the details, you may be interested to understand some of the rationale behind American Community Survey table identifiers.

Detailed Tables

The bulk of the American Community Survey is the over 1400 detailed data tables. These tables have reference codes, and knowing how the codes are structured can be helpful in knowing which table to use.

Codes start with either the letter B or C, followed by two digits for the table subject, then 3 digits that uniquely identify the table. (For a small number of technical tables the unique identifier is 4 digits.) In some cases additional letters for racial iterations and Puerto Rico-specific tables.

Full and Collapsed Tables

Tables beginning with B have the most detailed column breakdown, while a C table for the same numbers will have fewer columns. For example, the B02003 table ("Detailed Race") has 71 columns, while the "collapsed version," C02003 has only 19 columns. While your instinct may be to want as much data as possible, sometimes choosing the C table can simplify your analysis.

Table subjects

The first two digits after B/C indicate the broad subject of a table. Note that many tables have more than one subject, but this reflects the main subject.

01
Age and Sex
02
Race
03
Hispanic Origin
04
Ancestry
05
Foreign Born; Citizenship; Year or Entry; Nativity
06
Place of Birth
07
Residence 1 Year Ago; Migration
08
Journey to Work; Workers' Characteristics; Commuting
09
Children; Household Relationship
10
Grandparents; Grandchildren
11
Household Type; Family Type; Subfamilies
12
Marital Status and History
13
Fertility
14
School Enrollment
15
Educational Attainment
16
Language Spoken at Home and Ability to Speak English
17
Poverty
18
Disability
19
Income (Households and Families)
20
Earnings (Individuals)
21
Veteran Status
22
Transfer Programs (Public Assistance)
23
Employment Status; Work Experience; Labor Force
24
Industry; Occupation; Class of Worker
25
Housing Characteristics
26
Group Quarters
27
Health Insurance

Three groups of tables reflect technical details about how the Census is administered. In general, you probably don't need to look at these too closely, but if you need to check for possible weaknesses in your data analysis, they may come into play.

00
Unweighted Count
98
Quality Measures
99
Imputations

Race and Latino Origin

Many tables are provided in multiple racial tabulations. If a table code ends in a letter from A-I, that code indicates that the table universe is restricted to a subset based on responses to the race or Hispanic/Latino-origin questions. Here is a guide to those codes:

A
White alone
B
Black or African American Alone
C
American Indian and Alaska Native Alone
D
Asian Alone
E
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Alone
F
Some Other Race Alone
G
Two or More Races
H
White Alone, Not Hispanic or Latino
I
Hispanic or Latino

Other tables

There are a number of other ACS tables which the Census Bureau offers on American Fact Finder, but which are not available for bulk download. Because we can't get the bulk data, these tables are not directly included in Census Reporter, but you might want to know about them.

DP: Data Profiles

The data profile (DP) tables provide a lot of popular statistics across subjects in a single table. The Census Reporter "Place profile" pages are modeled off of the DP tables, although we've added charts and made some alternate choices. The ACS produces the following DP tables for most geographies:

DP02
Selected Social Characteristics in the US
DP02PR
Selected Social Characteristics in Puerto Rico
DP03
Selected Economic Characteristics
DP04
Selected Housing Characteristics
DP05
ACS Demographic and Housing Characteristics

S: Subject tables

The subject tables are another collection of similar top-level statistics which may be more easily digested than the full detailed tables. As with data profiles, you must use American Fact Finder to get these tables.

S0101
Age And Sex
S0102
Population 60 Years And Over In The United States
S0103
Population 65 Years And Over In The United States
S0201
Selected Population Profile In The United States
S0501
Selected Characteristics Of The Native And Foreign-born Populations
S0502
Selected Characteristics Of The Foreign-born Population By Period Of Entry Into The United States
S0503
Selected Characteristics Of The Foreign-born Population By Region Of Birth: Europe
S0504
Selected Characteristics Of The Foreign-born Population By Region Of Birth: Africa, Northern America, And Oceania
S0505
Selected Characteristics Of The Foreign-born Population By Region Of Birth: Asia
S0506
Selected Characteristics Of The Foreign-born Population By Region Of Birth: Latin America
S0601
Selected Characteristics Of The Total And Native Populations In The United States
S0701
Geographic Mobility By Selected Characteristics In The United States
S0801
Commuting Characteristics By Sex
S0802
Means Of Transportation To Work By Selected Characteristics
S0804
Means Of Transportation To Work By Selected Characteristics For Workplace Geography
S0901
Children Characteristics
S0902
Characteristics Of Teenagers 15 To 19 Years Old
S1001
Grandchildren Characteristics
S1002
Grandparents
S1101
Households And Families
S1201
Marital Status
S1251
Characteristics Of People With A Marital Event In The Last 12 Months
S1301
Fertility
S1401
School Enrollment
S1501
Educational Attainment
S1601
Language Spoken At Home
S1602
No One Age 14 And Over Speaks English Only Or Speaks English Very Well
S1603
Characteristics Of People By Language Spoken At Home
S1701
Poverty Status In The Past 12 Months
S1702
Poverty Status In The Past 12 Months Of Families
S1703
Selected Characteristics Of People At Specified Levels Of Poverty In The Past 12 Months
S1810
Disability Characteristics
S1811
Selected Economic Characteristics For The Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population By Disability Status
S1901
Income In The Past 12 Months
S1902
Mean Income In The Past 12 Months
S1903
Median Income In The Past 12 Months
S2001
Earnings In The Past 12 Months
S2101
Veteran Status
S2201
Food Stamps/SNAP
S2301
Employment Status
S2302
Employment Characteristics Of Families
S2303
Work Status In The Past 12 Months
S2401
Occupation By Sex And Median Earnings In The Past 12 Months For The Civilian Employed Population 16 Years And Over
S2402
Occupation By Sex And Median Earnings In The Past 12 Months For Full-time, Year-round Civilian Employed Population 16 Years And Over
S2403
Industry By Sex And Median Earnings In The Past 12 Months For The Civilian Employed Population 16 Years And Over
S2404
Industry By Sex And Median Earnings In The Past 12 Months For The Full-time, Year-round Civilian Employed Population 16 Years And Over
S2405
Industry By Occupation For The Civilian Employed Population 16 Years And Over
S2406
Occupation By Class Of Worker For The Civilian Employed Population 16 Years And Over
S2407
Industry By Class Of Worker For The Civilian Employed Population 16 Years And Over
S2408
Class Of Worker By Sex And Median Earnings In The Past 12 Months For The Civilian Employed Population 16 Years And Over
S2409
Class Of Worker By Sex And Median Earnings In The Past 12 Months For The Full-time, Year-round Civilian Employed Population 16 Years And Over
S2501
Occupancy Characteristics
S2502
Demographic Characteristics For Occupied Housing Units
S2503
Financial Characteristics
S2504
Physical Housing Characteristics For Occupied Housing Units
S2506
Financial Characteristics For Housing Units With A Mortgage
S2507
Financial Characteristics For Housing Units Without A Mortgage
S2701
Health Insurance Coverage Status
S2702
Selected Characteristics Of The Uninsured In The United States

GCT: Geographic Comparison

The Geographic Comparison tables take a single statistic and list its value for a number of similar geographies. For example, you can download the median monthly housing costs for major cities in the US in a single file, or you can download the same housing costs estimates for all states in the US.

The American Fact Finder lists over 1200 of these files (in part because each statistic is offered in more than a dozen variations), so we don't have a list for you, but you can find them directly in the Fact Finder's "advanced search." Just go to the Topics section, and look under "Product Type."