Per Capita Income is an estimate of the average income per person in a particular area. Every man, woman, and child living in a particular area is included in the calculation.
The American Community Survey considers the following to be counted as income:
The ACS only uses the income of all people 15 years old and over.
It can be important to understand per capita income because it can help to explain the characteristics of a community and its needs. Although this is an estimate, it can be used to compare one geographic area to other parts of the county, state or nation to describe economic conditions.
Every year the U.S. Census Bureau conducts the American Community Survey (ACS), which is a nationwide survey that collects and produces information on demographic, social, economic and housing characteristics about our nation's population. The U.S. Census Bureau contacts over 3.5 million households across the country each year to participate in the ACS. The sample is designed to ensure good geographic coverage in order to produce a good picture of the community's people and housing by surveying a representative sample of the population.
The data from the American Community Survey are made public through the U.S. Census Bureau website.