Why does the National Level data use a 1-year estimate while the State Level data uses 5-year estimates?

The American Community Survey provides data in 1-year and 5-year estimates. The dashboard uses 1-year estimates for the national-level data to provide the most current employment and education rates. 5-year estimates, which are larger, are used for state-level data to ensure that the sample size is large enough to be representative.

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Updated on December 8, 2023

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