Households in Vermont with Public Assistance Income
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This report shows the number and percentage of Vermonters who receive monetary assistance from the government. This information is useful for budgetary purposes, as well as a measure of those most in need.
This report uses data from the United States Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), an ongoing, national survey. The ACS replaces the Decennial Census “long form” and is now the only source for Census Bureau data on topics such as ancestry, educational attainment, income, spoken languages, migration, disability, employment, and housing features.
Vermont Insights uses 5-year ACS estimates to increase the reliability of the data for all geographic areas.
For more information on the ACS, including sampling and response rates for Vermont, see: http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/methodology.html.
In order to calculate the percentage of households that receive public assistance income the numerator of households receiving public assistance income was divided by the denominator of all households.
For complete information on the limitations of ACS data, go to http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/methodology.html.
Some considerations when using and interpreting the ACS data include:
ACS estimates represent the conditions that might have been present at any time within the estimate time period. ACS estimates should only be compared with like estimates. For example, 1-year data can only be compared with other 1-year data and cannot be compared with 3- or 5-year data.
If using the ACS for longitudinal analysis (comparisons over time), multi-year estimates should not overlap.
American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates
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