By: John Besl
In my last blog post, I examined disparities in estimates of total population produced by the U.S. Census Bureau for several municipalities in the Cincinnati Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The focus was on population estimates coming from the American Community Survey (ACS) for periods of one, three, or five years. The perfunctory conclusion was that ACS cannot be relied upon to produce stable population estimates, especially for small areas. In this month’s space, I want to dive a little deeper into ACS estimates, spotlighting recent estimates of the age distribution in many of the same municipalities featured in the February post.