Measuring America


How Do We Know?

U.S. Census Bureau; Library of Congress; National Archives and Records Administration;

National Institutes of Health; American Presidency Project, University of California at Santa Barbara

A Snapshot of Our Nation's Veterans

2010 American Community Survey, † 2007 Economic Census (Survey of Business Owners)

The American Community Survey is a survey and its estimates are subject to sampling error.

Inside America’s Economic Machine

Business Characteristics

2009 Statistics of U.S. Businesses
2007 Economic Census
Survey of Business Owners
2009 Nonemployer Statistics


2007 Economic Census Franchise Report

Growing Industries

2009 and 2010 County Business Patterns


2011 Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) survey Total Shipments

Chocolate Shipments

2007 Economic Census Manufacturing Industry Series


2007 Economic Census, Commodity Flow Survey

Financial Services

2007 Economic Census Finance and Insurance Subject Series

Retail Sales

Monthly Retail Trade Survey
2010 Annual Retail Trade Survey


Quarterly Retail E-commerce time series
2010 E-stats


Characteristics of New Housing – highlights

Top Trading Partners

Foreign Trade –  FT-900 Annual Revisions for 2011 release (Exhibit 13)

State and Local Governments

2009 Annual Surveys of State and Local Government Finances.

The Face of Government: Education

US Census Bureau, 2011 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll.
Data collected for the month of March 2011.
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Manufacturing Day

2010 County Business Patterns

2011 Current Population Survey - Educational Attainment

2010 Annual Survey of Manufactures

2009 - 2010 Foreign Trade A Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies


1970 Census of Population

American Community Survey 2010, Data available in fact finder

2010 Annual Survey of School System Finances

U.S. Department of Education

Memorial Day

American Community Survey

Historical Decennial Census Data

Department of Veteran's Affairs, Office of Public Affairs

Department of Defense, Defense Manpower Data Center

Department of Defense, Defense Manpower Data Center, Defense Casualty Analysis System

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Child Care

Survey of Income and Program Participation

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Manufacturing in America 2013

2011 County Business Patterns

2011 Current Population Survey - Educational Attainment

2011 Annual Survey of Manufactures

2010-2011 Foreign Trade A Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies

Young and Uninsured in 2012

2012 American Community Survey

More American Households Rely on Government Benefit Programs

U.S. Census Bureau, Survey of Income and Program Participation (2008).

The Poverty Measure (How and History)

U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 1960 to 2013 Annual Social and Economic Supplements

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Base Thresholds

Gordon M. Fisher, "The Development of History of the Poverty Thresholds," Social Security Bulletin, Vol 55, No. 4, Winter 1992, for the history of the official poverty measure presented here

Computer and Internet Trends

Current Population Survey, Selected Years

The Changing U.S. Economy

1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012 Economic Census

Spending on Education

U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Census of Governments: Finance- Survey of School System Finances

State Tax Collections

2013 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections

Manufacturing in America 2014

2012 County Business Patterns

2012 Current Population Survey

2012 Economic Census Advance Summary Statistics

A Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies, 2011-2012

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