I'm trying to complete a project for a local nonprofit I work with. I am trying to use the Census API to pull in certain estimates in each of the counties they work in.

I'm trying to pull in poverty estimates at the tract, sub-county, and county levels. The data I need is in the S1701 dataset under the American Community Survey. I can't seem to find the variable's I need to call the data through the API.

For example, I need the estimate for "Population for whom poverty status is determined". I can't find the variable I need in any of the tables listed here: https://www.census.gov/data/developers/data-sets/acs-1year.html

I'm new to all of this, so if anyone has any advice that would be appreciated.


For the county level, maps and tables of the 2016 poverty levels has already been created.


Check the subject table section from the page you linked to.

https://api.census.gov/data/2016/acs/acs1/subject/variables.html It includes variables from the S1701 table.

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