Census Bureau Releases 2008 American Community Survey Data

The U.S. Census Bureau today released the latest American Community Survey (ACS) data, providing a statistical portrait of the characteristics of the nation's population in 2008.

According to the Census Bureau release, one-in-four people in Texas (24.1 percent) lacked health insurance in 2008, the highest rate in the nation. At the other end of the spectrum, fewer than one-in-20 Massachusetts residents (4.1 percent) lacked coverage.

Health insurance coverage was one of three new topics added to the ACS for 2008. Every question on the ACS is included either because the data are required to satisfy one or more federal laws, regulations or court decisions, or are needed to manage federal programs and allocate more than $400 billion of federal tax dollars annually to states and local communities.

(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, September 23, 2009; US Census Bureau, http://census.gov, accessed September 28, 2009)