Data Sources

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ACL-Related Files

Description

The State Program Reports are the primary information system for states to report on the Older Americans Act (OAA) program of supportive services, nutrition, caregiver support, and other services they provide. It includes information about the OAA participants, what services they receive, and what funding is expended on the program. The State Reports serve as a critical data source for measures of the performance of OAA programs. The data are collected annually through web-based submissions via the State Reporting Tool (SRT) Portal, followed by multiple data checks for consistency, including multi-year comparison reports that are reviewed by ACL and state staff. The states certify the accuracy of their data once review procedures are complete.

Data Years Available

2005-2015

Availability in AGID
Source
  • 2015: State Reporting Tool extract, 04/26/2017
  • 2014: State Reporting Tool extract, 04/21/2016
  • 2013: State Reporting Tool extract, 03/12/2015
  • 2012: State Reporting Tool extract, 03/31/2014
  • 2011: State Reporting Tool extract, 10/24/2012
  • 2005-2010: State Reporting Tool extract, 11/23/2011
Updates

Annual

Population Covered

Recipients of OAA supportive services

Selected Content

Clients served, expenditures, providers, caregivers, service units, grandparents information, focal points and senior centers, legal assistance and abuse prevention

Additional Resources

Reporting Requirements for Title III and Title VII State Program Reports Data:

Description

The National Ombudsman Reporting System describes the services provided under Title VII (Chapter 2) of the Older Americans Act (OAA). The annual reports summarize long term care ombudsman efforts on behalf of residents in long term care facilities, including information on cases, complaints, program statistics, and narrative reports. The data are collected through web-based submissions via the Ombudsman Reporting Tool (ORT) Portal. The review process for the annual submissions include automated edit checks, ACL staff review, and follow up with states to assure validity and accuracy.

Data Years Available

2000-2015

Availability in AGID
Source

2015 NORS: Extracted from Ombugsman Reporting Tool v1.9, September 16, 2016 (Finalized May 26, 2017)

2014 NORS: Extracted from Ombudsman Reporting Tool v1.8, November 19, 2015 (Finalized July 31, 2015)

2013 NORS: Extracted from Ombudsman Reporting Tool v1.7, March 12, 2015 (Finalized May 23, 2014)

2000-2012 NORS: Extracted from Ombudsman Reporting Tool v1.7, September 29, 2014 (Finalized Oct. 31, 2013)

Updates

Annual

Population Covered

Residents of long term care facilities

Selected Content

Cases opened/closed, bed counts, facility counts, complaints, complainants, dispositions and verifications, program funding, staff and volunteers, local programs, other ombudsman activities

Additional Resources

State Annual Ombudsman Report to the Administration on Aging (PDF) (478 KB)

Description

Title VI of the Older Americans Act (OAA) grants awards to tribal and native organizations representing older American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Staffing information is collected along with information on nutrition, supportive, and caregiver support services. The reports are submitted by grantees and reviewed by ACL staff. Tribal officials certify that the annual reports are accurate once review procedures are completed.

Data Years Available

2002-2015

Availability in AGID
Data-at-a-Glance (for Title V I)

Single year availability

Geographic levels:National, State and AoA Regions
Data elements:Clients, Units, Staffing, and Grant amounts by funding source
Types of services:Nutrition, Supportive, and Caregiver Support
Custom Tables (for Title VI)

Multiple year availability

Geographic levels:National, State, AoA Regions, and Tribal Organizations
Data elements:Clients, Units, Staffing, and Grant amounts by funding source
Types of services:Nutrition, Supportive, and Caregiver Support
Source

Annual reports by grantees:

  • 2015 Title VI Performance and Grants Data: May 2017
  • 2014 Title VI Performance and Grants Data: May 2016
  • 2013 Title VI Performance and Grants Data: April 2015
  • 2012 Title VI Performance and Grants Data: July 2014
  • 2011 Title VI Performance and Grants Data: July 2013
  • 2010 Title VI Performance and Grants Data: May 2012
  • 2009 Title VI Performance and Grants Data: February 2011
  • 2008 Title VI Performance and Grants Data: November 2009
  • 2002-2007 Title VI Performance and Grants Data: September 2008
Updates

Annual

Population Covered

Recipients of Title VI grants

Selected Content

Staffing information, nutrition services, caregiver support services, and supportive services including access services, legal assistance, in-home services, ombudsman services, health promotion and wellness, and other services

Additional Resources

Title VI Program Performance Report (PDF) (158 KB)

Description

The National Survey of OAA Programs is a collection of annual national surveys of recipients of select Title III services. Their purpose is to obtain performance outcome measurement information, which is then used in ACL’s GPRA plan and PART assessment. The survey instruments focus on consumer assessment of service quality and consumer-reported outcomes. The instruments also measure special needs characteristics such as physical and social functioning of the people who receive services. The 2003 and 2004 surveys were pilot surveys conducted to determine the feasibility of using national surveys for performance measurement. Sample sizes were increased for subsequent surveys allowing for more robust, subgroup analyses.

Data Years Available

2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 , 2015 

Availability in AGID
Source

All survey data and documentation produced by Westat

  • 2015 National Survey: May 2016
  • 2014 National Survey: August 2015
  • 2013 National Survey: January 2014
  • 2012 National Survey: March 2013
  • 2011 National Survey: June 2012
  • 2009 National Survey: May 2010
  • 2008 National Survey: April 2009
  • 2006 National Survey: February 2006
  • 2004 National Survey: February 2005
  • 2003 National Survey: January 2005
Updates

Annual

Population Covered

Recipients of Title III services and their caregivers

Selected Content

Services sampled for outcome measures include homemaker, home-delivered meals, congregate meals, transportation, case management, and caregiver support services.

Additional Resources

National Survey Reports:

Research Briefs:

Description

The AAA survey was conducted to determine the extent to which Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) are involved in service system integration and coordination. It is also designed to provide basic descriptive information on AAA characteristics, health promotion and disease prevention activity, and management information systems and performance measurement at the AAA level. It is intended to identify areas in which AAAs play a major role in integrating, coordinating, and delivering services to those older persons in most need.

The data were collected with the cooperation of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) and the National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA). The AAA data collection did not employ statistical sampling techniques. The universe of AAAs was contacted to participate in the survey. There was an overall 77% response rate from the AAAs, although the response rates for specific questions can be higher or lower.

Data Years Available

2005/2006

Availability in AGID

Data Files (for A A A)

Source

Survey Year 2005/2006: Data files and documentation received February 2007

Updates

None

Population Covered

Area Agencies on Aging

Selected Content

AAA information, funding sources, staffing, clients served, information and assistance services, case management services, and partner agencies

Census Bureau Files

Description

The population estimates data are released each year by the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program (PEP) produces estimates of the population for the United States and Puerto Rico. These estimates are used in federal funding allocations, as survey controls, as denominators for vital rates and per capita time series, and as indicators of recent demographic changes. With each new release of annual estimates, the entire time series of estimates is revised for all years back to the last census. Thus, on AGID, the population estimates are updated back in time for each new annual release. As with the total U.S. and Puerto Rico, similar estimates are downloaded from the Census Bureau’s International Database for U.S territories and included in AGID.

Data Years Available

2000-2015

Availability in AGID
Source

2010-2015:

2000-2009:

Updates

Annual

Population Covered

Age 60 and older from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Selected Content

Population estimates, by age, sex, and race/ethnicity

Additional Resources

https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/about/glossary.html

Description

The county-level population estimates are released each year by Census, and each new series of data incorporates the latest administrative record data, geographic boundaries, and methodology. Therefore, the entire time series of estimates (called vintages) beginning with the most recent decennial census is revised annually, and estimates from different vintages of data may not be consistent across geography and characteristics detail. County-level data are available on the AGID website for all 50 United States and the District of Columbia. PSA-level data are available for most states, although there are some that lack complete coverage and others with no coverage at all (see below).

Data Years Available
  • County-level Estimates 2000-2015
  • PSA-level Estimates 2000-2015
Availability in AGID
PSA Coverage

Within the Aging Network, most states are divided into planning and service areas so that programs can be tailored to meet the specific needs of older persons residing in those areas. PSA geographic boundaries usually consist of a county or group of counties, although there are some states where sub-county definitions are used to define the boundaries for a PSA. Examples include New England towns, states containing Indian Reservations and large cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit.

Only those PSAs with geographic boundaries consisting of one or more counties are included in the Population Estimates data in AGID. Population estimates for PSAs made up of portions of counties or Indian reservations can be found in the ACS Special Tabulation tables in the Data Files section of AGID.

Effective in 2013, five states (Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Montana, and North Carolina) had changes to how their planning and service areas are defined, with corresponding changes to their PSA geographic boundaries. For 2013 and subsequent Population Estimates data, the new PSA definitions are applied to the county-level estimates to create PSA estimates, where appropriate.

For 2013 and subsequent years of data, PSA estimates are complete for 36 states and the District of Columbia in the AGID system. There are 11 states with partial PSA coverage and 3 states with no PSA coverage:

  • Partial Coverage: California, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Utah, Vermont, Washington
  • No Coverage: Arizona, Connecticut, New Mexico

For 2012 and earlier years of data, the previous PSA definitions were applied to the county-level estimates. PSA estimates are complete for 37 states and the District of Columbia in the AGID system. There are 10 states with partial PSA coverage and 3 states with no PSA coverage:

  • Partial Coverage: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Utah, Vermont, Washington
  • No Coverage: Arizona, Connecticut, New Mexico

Only those PSAs with geographic boundaries consisting of one or more counties are included in the Population Estimates data in AGID. Population estimates for PSAs made up of portions of counties or Indian reservations can be found in the ACS Special Tabulation tables in the Data Files section of AGID.

Source

2010-2014:

2000-2009:

Updates

Annual

Population Covered

Residents age 60 and older and age 65 and older, of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia

Selected Content

Annual county resident population estimates by age group and sex, race, and Hispanic origin

Additional Resources

https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/about/glossary.html

Description

Population counts for the U.S. population as of April 1, 2010. Data include age, sex, race and Hispanic or Latino categories, and Rural counts and percentages, as reported in the U.S. Census Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010.

Data Years Available

2010

Availability in AGID
Source

2010:

Updates

http://www.census.gov/popest/data/puerto_rico/asrh/2011/index.html

Population Covered

Residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico age 60 and older

Selected Content

Population counts for residents age 60 and older and age 65 and older, by 5-year age categories, sex, race/ethnicity (race/ethnicity data are available for the 50 states plus DC only), and rural population counts.

Additional Resources

http://www.census.gov/2010census/

Description

The Public Use Microdata Sample files, or PUMS, are a sample of the actual responses to the American Community Survey and include most population and housing characteristics. The ACS tabulations on the AGID website were produced using the 1-Year Public Use 5% Microdata Sample files, which contain data for the nation, states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Public Use Micro Data Sample Areas (PUMAs), which are special non-overlapping areas that partition a state. Each PUMA contains a population of about 100,000. PUMA boundaries are updated with each decennial census in cooperation with the State Data Centers. These files provide the flexibility to prepare customized tabulations and can be used for detailed research and analysis. Files have been edited to protect the confidentiality of all individuals and of all individual households.

Data Years Available

2004-2015

Availability in AGID
Source

All data downloaded from Census’ FTP website (root location http://www2.census.gov/):

  • 2015: downloaded <Insert Date Here>
  • 2014: downloaded Jan. 2016
  • 2013: downloaded May 2015
  • 2012: downloaded Dec. 2013
  • 2011: downloaded Apr. 2013
  • 2010: downloaded Nov. 2011
  • 2009: downloaded Nov. 2010
  • 2008: downloaded Nov. 2009
  • 2004-2007: downloaded Sep. 2008
Updates

Annual

Population Covered

Data include residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Note: the 2004-2005 ACS data only include persons living in household units, while later years of the ACS include estimates for the entire resident population including both the household population and the group quarters population. The AGID system allows the user the flexibility to select between the household sample only, or the combined household/non-institutionalized group quarter population for years 2006 and later.

Selected Content

Characteristics of general interest and especially of interest for the age 60 and older population, by sex and age group, including: race/ethnicity, living alone, marital status, householder relationship / family type; education, poverty, employment; disability status / disability status (2008 revision); grandparents responsible for grandchildren; and householder family type / poverty status.

Additional Resources

American FactFinder: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml

Description

The five year American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014 Special Tabulation on Aging is based on the Census Bureau's ACS 2010-2014 data. Detailed tables for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian areas (AIANNH) are included. Geographic levels of aggregation include state, county, ACL's planning and service areas (PSAs), tribal areas, census tracts, and ZIP Code tabulation areas. Some geographic units are not shown due to too few cases, and many tables have two versions in order to provide an alternative which minimizes the loss of data due to disclosure protection. The results may be used for many purposes including serving as a component in the allocation formulas for Older Americans Act funding and for planning programs and services for the aging.

Data Years Available

2010-2014

Availability in AGID

Data Files (for A C S Special Tabulation 2010-2014)

Source

2010-2014 American Community Survey, Special Tabulation on Aging - Population Characteristics / prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, 2016.

Updates

Biannual

Population Covered

Universe population is residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian areas, with particular emphasis on those ages 60 and older.

Selected Content

Detailed person-level and family-level tables at some or all geography levels, including diverse topics such as age, sex, and race/ethnicity; living alone, marital status, householder relationship / family type; education, poverty, employment, income, and Social Security income; grandparents responsible for grandchildren; and citizenship, migration, and English language proficiency.

Additional Resources

Census Bureau Technical Notes for ACS Special Tabulation 2010-2014 (PDF) (71 KB)

Description

The five year American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013 Special Tabulation on Aging is based on the Census Bureau's ACS 2009-2013 data. Detailed tables for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian areas (AIANNH) are included. Geographic levels of aggregation include state, county, ACL's planning and service areas (PSAs), congressional districts, tribal areas, and census tracts. Some geographic units are not shown due to too few cases, and many tables have two versions in order to provide an alternative which minimizes the loss of data due to disclosure protection. The results may be used for many purposes including serving as a component in the allocation formulas for Older Americans Act funding and for planning programs and services for the aging.

Data Years Available

2009-2013

Availability in AGID

Data Files (for A C S Special Tabulation 2009-2013)

Source

2009-2013 American Community Survey, Special Tabulation on Aging - Population Characteristics / prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, 2015.

Updates

Biannual

Population Covered

Universe population is residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian areas, with particular emphasis on those ages 60 and older.

Selected Content

Detailed person-level and family-level tables at some or all geography levels, including diverse topics such as age, sex, and race/ethnicity; living alone, marital status, householder relationship / family type; education, poverty, employment, income, and Social Security income; grandparents responsible for grandchildren; and citizenship, migration, and English language proficiency.

Additional Resources

Census Bureau Technical Notes for ACS Special Tabulation 2009-2013 (PDF) (71 KB)

Description

The five year American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012 Special Tabulation on Aging is based on the Census Bureau’s ACS 2008-2012 data. Detailed tables for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian areas (AIANNH) are included. Geographic levels of aggregation include state, county, ACL’s planning and service areas (PSAs), congressional districts, tribal areas, and census tracts. Some geographic units are not shown due to too few cases, and many tables have two versions in order to provide an alternative which minimizes the loss of data due to disclosure protection. The results may be used for many purposes including serving as a component in the allocation formulas for Older Americans Act funding and for planning programs and services for the aging at all levels.

Data Years Available

2008-2012

Availability in AGID

Data Files (for A C S Special Tabulation 2008-2012)

Source

2008-2012 American Community Survey, Special Tabulation on Aging – Population Characteristics / prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, 2014.

Updates

Biannual

Population Covered

Universe population is residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian areas, with particular emphasis on those ages 60 and older.

Selected Content

Detailed person-level and family-level tables at some or all geography levels, including diverse topics such as age, sex, and race/ethnicity; living alone, marital status, householder relationship / family type; education, poverty, employment, income, and Social Security income; grandparents responsible for grandchildren; and citizenship, migration, and English language proficiency.

Additional Resources

Census Bureau Technical Notes for ACS Special Tabulation 2008-2012 (PDF) (85 KB)

Description

The five year American Community Survey (ACS) 2007-2011 Special Tabulation on Aging is based on the Census Bureau’s ACS 2007-2011 data. Detailed tables for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian areas (AIANNH) are included. Geographic levels of aggregation include state, county, ACL’s planning and service areas (PSAs), congressional districts, tribal areas, and census tracts. Some geographic units are not shown due to too few cases, and many tables have two versions in order to provide an alternative which minimizes the loss of data due to disclosure protection. The results may be used for many purposes including serving as a component in the allocation formulas for Older Americans Act funding and for planning programs and services for the aging at all levels.

Data Years Available

2007-2011

Availability in AGID

Data Files (for A C S Special Tabulation 2007-2011)

Source

2007-2011 American Community Survey, Special Tabulation on Aging – Population Characteristics / prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, 2013.

Updates

Biannual

Population Covered

Universe population is residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian areas, with particular emphasis on those ages 60 and older.

Selected Content

Detailed person-level and family-level tables at some or all geography levels, including diverse topics such as age, sex, and race/ethnicity; living alone, marital status, householder relationship / family type; education, poverty, employment, income, and Social Security income; grandparents responsible for grandchildren; and citizenship, migration, and English language proficiency.

Additional Resources

Census Bureau Technical Notes for ACS Special Tabulation 2007-2011 (PDF) (187 KB)

Description

The three year American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2011 Special Tabulation on Aging is based on the Census Bureau's ACS 2009-2011 data. Nine tables for each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are included, with 3 different geography levels of aggregation including state, county, and total U.S.

Data Years Available

2009-2011

Availability in AGID

Data Files (for A C S Special Tabulation 2009-2011 Disability Tables)

Source

2009-2011 American Community Survey, Special Tabulation on Aging – Population Characteristics / prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, 2013.

Updates

Biannual

Population Covered

Civilian non-institutionalized population age 60 years and over

Selected Content

Topics include information for persons with sensory, cognitive, and physical disabilities.

Additional Resources

Census Bureau Technical Notes for ACS Special Tabulation 2009-2011 Disability Tables (PDF) (187 KB)

Description

The 2010 Census Special Tabulation is based on the Census Bureau’s 2010 Decennial Census. Twelve tables provide data on age, sex, race/ethnicity, household type and relationship, and type of group quarters, with particular emphasis on the 60 and older population. For the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, data are available by county or county-equivalent, county subdivision, census tract, and ACL’s planning and service area (PSA). Additionally, age group data for the population 60 and older are tabulated by Zip Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA). These state tables include Rural/Urban components for most available geographies. A subset of eleven tables is provided separately for all American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hawaiian Home Land areas within the U.S., including the twelve Alaska Native Regional Corporation areas; ZCTA-level data and urban/rural breakouts are not included in these tabulations. PSAs reported in the Decennial Special Tabulations use the geographic areas definitions at the time of the 2010 Census.

Data Years Available

2010

Availability in AGID

Data Files (for Census Special Tabulation 2010)

State Profiles (for Census Special Tabulation 2010)

Sources

Tables P1-P11: 2010 Special Tabulation Program 3 (STP-3) – 2010 Decennial Census, prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, March 2013.

Table P12: 2010 Census Special Tabulation Program (STP-20) - 2010 Decennial Census Summary File 1, prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, October 2014.

Updates

None

Population Covered

Universe population is residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, with particular emphasis on those ages 60 and older. Separate tables are included for all American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian areas.

Selected Content

Sex by age, race/ethnicity, household type and group quarters type. Key information includes urban/rural counts within most available geographies.

Additional Resources

About Census 2010 Special Tabulation (PDF) (284 KB)

Table Outlines (PDF) (332 KB)

Description

The five year American Community Survey (ACS) 2005-2009 Special Tabulation on Aging is based on the Census Bureau’s ACS 2005-2009 data. Detailed tables for each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are included. Geographic levels of aggregation include state, county, ACL’s planning and service areas (PSAs), congressional districts, tribal areas, and census tracts. Some geographic units are not shown due to too few cases, and many tables have two versions in order to provide an alternative which minimizes the loss of data due to disclosure protection. The results may be used for many purposes including serving as a component in the allocation formulas for Older Americans Act funding and for planning programs and services for the aging at all levels.

Data Years Available

2005-2009

Availability in AGID

Data Files (for A C S Special Tabulation 2005-2009)

Source

2005-2009 American Community Survey, Special Tabulation on Aging – Population Characteristics / prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, Oct. 2011.

Updates

Biannual

Population Covered

Universe population is residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, with particular emphasis on those ages 60 and older.

Selected Content

Detailed person-level and family-level tables at some or all geography levels, including diverse topics such as age, sex, and race/ethnicity; living alone, marital status, householder relationship / family type; education, poverty, employment, income, and Social Security income; grandparents responsible for grandchildren; and citizenship, migration, and English language proficiency.

Additional Resources

Census Bureau Technical Notes for Special Tabulation ACS 2005-2009 Disability Tables (PDF) (26 KB)

Description

The three year American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2010 Special Tabulation on Aging is based on the Census Bureau's ACS 2008-2010 data. Nine tables for each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are included, with 3 different geography levels of aggregation including state, county, and total U.S.

Data Years Available

2008-2010

Availability in AGID

Data Files (for A C S Special Tabulation 2005-2009 Disability Tables)

Source

2008-2010 American Community Survey, Special Tabulation on Aging – Population Characteristics / prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, Nov. 2012.

Updates

Biannual

Population Covered

Civilian non-institutionalized population age 60 years and over

Selected Content

Topics include information for persons with sensory, cognitive, and physical disabilities.

Additional Resources

http://www.census.gov/people/disability/methodology/acs.html