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May 22, 2009 TP09-11

Upcoming

2010 Census

Race and Ethnic Advisory Committee — Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke announces the selection of two new members to serve on the Census Bureau's Advisory Committee on the Asian population. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late May.)

Demographic

Population Change in Central and Outlying Counties of Metropolitan Statistical Areas: 2000 to 2007 — Analysis of population change and the demographic components of change in both core and outlying portions of metropolitan areas. This change is examined by region and division and metropolitan area population size category, as well as for 12 of the most populous metropolitan areas. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late May.)

Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2007 — New national-level data show who is accessing the Internet and why, cross-tabulated by age, sex, race, Hispanic-origin, educational attainment and employment status. Other data show the results of computer and Internet usage by region, school enrollment, poverty status, gender, disability status, age group and income. State data shows Internet usage at home versus any location. Also included is whether people are using broadband or dial-up for Internet access. Data come from the Current Population Survey and the Survey of Income and Program Participation. (Tentatively scheduled for release in early June.)

Population Dynamics of the Great Plains: 1950 to 2007 — Details population trends over the last more than half century in the 376 counties within this vast area stretching across the nation's midsection. Uses a combination of decennial census data and annual population estimates to analyze age structure and components of change, among other topics. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late June.)

International Data Base — There are four countries with 20 percent or more of their populations 65 and over. How many countries will be dealing with this issue in 2030; by 2050? These statistics update the world population estimates and projections with 2009 figures, including projections by age for 227 countries and areas. The International Data Base offers a variety of demographic indicators on population size and growth, age and sex composition, mortality, fertility and net migration. (Tentatively scheduled for release June 23.)

Economic

2007 Economic Census of Island Areas, Geographic Area Series: Guam — The data include the number of establishments, sales, payroll, number of employees and other data items for Guam -- a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean -- and its 19 election districts. (Scheduled for release May 26.)

2007 Economic Census: Mining Industry Series — This is a series of national-level data files on the mining sector (NAICS 21). These include data for industries such as crude petroleum, natural gas, gold, silver, iron, copper, lead, sand, gravel and others. The files provide data on the number of establishments, shipments, payroll, number of employees, value of product shipments and other data items by industry. These data will be released through June 2009. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late May.)

2007 Economic Census: Construction Industry Series — This is a series of national-level data files on the construction sector (NAICS 23). These include data for residential and nonresidential building contractors, civil engineering and specialty trade contractors, builders, remodelers, industrial and commercial construction, and others. The files provide data on the number of establishments, value of business done, payroll, the number of employees and other data items by industry. These data will be released through June 2009. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late May.)

2007 Economic Census: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Industry Series — This is a series of national-level data files on the professional, scientific and technical services sector (NAICS 54). These include data for industries such as legal services, accounting and tax preparation services, engineering and architectural services, and others. The files provide data on the number of establishments, revenue, payroll, number of employees, value of product line revenue and other data items by industry. These data will be released through October 2009. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late May.)

2007 Economic Census: Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Industry Series — This is a series of national-level data files on the real estate and rental and leasing sector (NAICS 53). These include data for industries such as miniwarehouses and self-storage units, real estate agents and brokers, car rental and leasing, rental centers and others. The files provide data on the number of establishments, revenue, payroll, number of employees, value of product line revenue and other data items by industry. These data will be released through September 2009. (Tentatively scheduled for release in mid-June.)

2007 Nonemployer Statistics — These statistics give us an annual look at small, unincorporated businesses operated mostly by self-employed individuals. Data originating from tax return information of the Internal Revenue Service show the number of establishments and sales by industry at the county, metro area, state and national levels. Data from businesses with paid employees are in the County Business Patterns report. (Scheduled for release June 25.)

Public Education Finances: 2007 — This report from a census of public school districts offers a comprehensive look at revenues, expenditures, debt and assets. Highlights include spending on salaries, construction, support services, administration and transportation. These figures allow users to examine per-pupil expenditures, and compare federal, state and local funding sources for public education systems by state. (Tentatively scheduled for release in July.)

Facts for Features

Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26) — In observance of the 19th anniversary of the enactment of this landmark law, the Census Bureau presents from its demographic subject areas a wide array of statistical information about people with disabilities. (Scheduled for release May 26.)

Back to School — With summer vacation fast approaching (or, for some students, already here), the start of the 2009-10 school year can't be all that far away. So, in this fact sheet, the Census Bureau presents statistics from its demographic and economic subject areas pertaining to teachers, students and the reopening of our country's schools in late summer. (Scheduled for release June 15.)

Broadcast/Photo/Multimedia/Television

Audio

Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for May and June — Profile America is a daily, 60-second audio feature that uses interesting vignettes from key events, observances or commemorations for that day to highlight information collected by the Census Bureau. Upcoming segments include the centennial of the King of Swing in "Benny Goodman's 100th" (May 28) and the semisesquicentennial of an iconic cartoon character in "Donald Duck at 75" (June 4). The May and June daily features are available at <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/>.

The URL for MP3 downloads, WAV files and subscription podcast access is
<http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/profile_america/>.

Profile America and Al Día daily features may be downloaded individually and for the entire month via zip files at
<http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/>.

Recently Released

(Since May 8, 2009)

Demographic

Who Could Afford to Buy a Home in 2004? — May 21 — The latest in a periodic series of reports shows that in 2004, about 58 percent of American families could afford to purchase a moderately priced home. This report examines the affordability of homes at different price levels, chances of affordability by demographic characteristic, reasons why families and unrelated individuals couldn't afford a home, and the impact of possible policy changes (such as modified down payments and interest rates) on affordability for renters. The data were collected from the Survey of Income and Program Participation.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/housing/2009-05-21_housing.html>.

Estimates of U.S. Population by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin: July 1, 2008 — May 14 — May 14 -- Nearly half of the nation's children younger than 5 were a minority in 2008, and the nation's overall minority population reached 34 percent. Also, the nation's median age went up to 36.8.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb09-75.html>.

Estimates of State and County Population by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin: July 1, 2008 — May 14— More of the nation's 3,142 counties are becoming majority-minority, meaning more than 50 percent of their population is made up of people other than single-race, non-Hispanic whites. Tables of population estimates by demographic characteristics are available for the nation's states and counties.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb09-76.html>.

Broadcast/Photo/Multimedia/Television

Video

2010 Census: A New Portrait of America — New versions of this informational video (including one in Spanish) address varied audiences and explain how the 2010 Census will benefit people of every race and ethnicity. Testimonials describe the importance of a complete and accurate count and why the 2010 Census will be the most important count in our nation's history. It shows data collection operations in action. Running times vary (3-5 minutes).
Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/>.

2010 Census Address Canvassing B-Roll — April kicked off the Census Bureau's extensive program to check addresses nationwide. Field representatives are using hand-held computers to update the address information so that 2010 Census questionnaires can be mailed or delivered to every address. Running time: 2:00.
Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/>.

Hand-Held Computer Demonstration — Close-up demonstration of the hand-held computer used to verify addresses, add new addresses and delete addresses that have no housing unit associated with them (see above) in preparation of the 2010 Census address list. Running time: 2:14.
Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/>.

Audio

Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for May — Profile America segments included noting Older Americans Month in "American Seniors" (May 13) and when ladies hit the dusty trail in "Women in the Army" (May 18).
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/>.

Photo Gallery

2010 Census Address Canvassing — April kicked off the Census Bureau's extensive program to check addresses nationwide. Photos show field representatives using hand-held computers to update the address information so that 2010 Census questionnaires can be mailed or delivered to every address.
Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/2010-census-timeline/address-canvassing/index.php?p,n34>.

News releases, reports, statistical tables and radio transcripts are available on the Public Information Office’s Web page at <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/>. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office at 301-763-3030; or email <pio@census.gov>.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: July 15, 2014