Did the US Census API just now go offline because of government shutdown? https://api.census.gov was working as recently as 4-5 am this morning. But now its not working (at least for me).

UPDATE: So I discovered that you can't access the year "2017" for the ACS, which was possible yesterday. But you can access 2016 and 2015.

Example: https://api.census.gov/data/2017/acs/acs5/subject?get= will fail

https://api.census.gov/data/2016/acs/acs5/subject?get= will work

Is this normal for how they update the data? I figured they wouldn't be updating the site since the gov shut down (and they say so on the website).

  • give full examples of failing/passing API calls, minus your API key please – albert Jan 8 '19 at 17:42
  • Either way they may take it offline or not updating anything until the Government returns from the shutdown. if you try email or call them , they will not answer anything ... – PROBERT Jan 8 '19 at 23:13
  • Now the API for the 2017 ACS is working again. That was strange. A full example would be api.census.gov/data/2017/acs/acs5/… wasn't working this morning, but is working now. But I'm not sure how as there should be nobody there working to fix it. – Matt Manion Jan 8 '19 at 23:28
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it can no longer be reproduced – user4293 Jan 9 '19 at 13:23

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