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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

A product of the U.S. Census Bureau's Public Information Office

July 17, 2009 TP09-15


2010 Census

Printing of 2010 Census Forms Begins — The first 2010 Census forms begin rolling off the presses in July in preparation for Census Day -- April 1, 2010. The forms are the shortest in census history, with just 10 questions requiring about 10 minutes to complete. (Tentatively scheduled for release in mid- to late July.)


Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2008 — Voting and registration rates are historically higher in years with presidential elections. These new tables from the Current Population Survey examine how many people went to the polls, who went to the polls and why some people did not vote. Voting rates are available by state, including by age, sex, race and Hispanic-origin. (Scheduled for release July 20.)

An Aging World: 2008 — An examination of demographic and socioeconomic trends regarding the world's population of people 65 and older. Explores topics such as health, disability status, gender balance, marital status, living arrangements, education and literacy, labor force participation and retirement and pensions. (Scheduled for release July 20.)

Small Area Health Insurance Estimates — These 2006 estimates show the demographic characteristics of people with and without health insurance coverage for every state and county in the nation. They are based on models combining data from a variety of sources, including the Current Population Survey, Census 2000, the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program, County Business Patterns and administrative records. They are the only source for county-level estimates of health insurance coverage status until this fall, when single-year estimates from the 2008 American Community Survey for all geographic areas with total populations of 65,000 or more are released. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late July.)

America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2007 — Who are America's stay-at-home moms? Do they tend to have more or less education than mothers in the workforce? Are they younger or older? This report from the Current Population Survey provides a look at the basic trends in household and family composition. It also shows state-level variation in the kinds of households children live in, such as married-couple families, unmarried-partner households and single-parent families. (Tentatively scheduled for release in early August.)

State and County Housing Unit Estimates: July 1, 2008 — St. Bernard Parish, La., part of the New Orleans metro area, had the highest growth rate of housing units of any county in the nation last year. Updated estimates of the nation's housing stock at the national, state and county levels for 2008 will show whether this parish, hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, continues to lead the country. (Tentatively scheduled for release in mid-August.)


Consolidated Federal Funds Report: 2008 and Federal Aid to States for Fiscal Year 2008 — These two reports provide an overview of federal spending at the national, state and county levels. The data are obtained from federal agencies and describe spending for procurement contracts, salaries and wages, direct payments, loans and insurance, as well as federal grants to state and local governments. (Scheduled for release July 23.)

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. (Tentatively scheduled for release in July.)

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. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late July.)

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 late July.)

2007 Business Expenses for Wholesale and Retail Trades — This supplement to the annual surveys of wholesale and retail trades provides detailed data on business operating expenses. Expense data, along with cost of goods sold and sales, is one of the key ingredients used by market researchers to develop a profit/loss analysis. This expense data covers such items as labor costs, expensed materials and supplies, purchased advertising, rent, utilities and depreciation. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late July.)

Quarterly Public-Employee Retirement Systems Survey: 1st Quarter 2009 — This survey provides quarterly summary data on assets, revenue and expenditure of the largest public-employee retirement systems in the United States, which comprise about 85 percent of national activity among such entities. It provides the most current data about investment decisions by public employee retirement systems, which are among the largest types of institutional investors in the U.S. financial markets. These reports are published three months after each calendar quarter and show national financial transactions and trends for the past five years. (Scheduled for release July 30.)

Facts for Features

Unmarried and Single Americans Week (Sept. 20-26) — The third full week of September is dedicated to recognizing the nation's singles and their contributions to society. The Census Bureau presents statistics about this group from its demographic and economic subject areas. (Scheduled for release July 21.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for July and August — 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 giant leap for mankind in "Moon Landing's 40th Anniversary" (July 20) and celebrating the creative spirit in "Inventors Month" (August 9). The July daily features are available at <>.
August's features will be posted early in the last week of July.

The URL for MP3 downloads, WAV files and subscription podcast access is
Profile America and Al Día daily features may be downloaded individually and for the entire month via zip files at

Recently Released

(Since July 2, 2009)

2010 Census

Race and Ethnic Advisory Committee — July 6 — 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.
Internet address: (Tuan Nguyen) <> and (Paul Watanabe) <>.


USA Counties — July 16 — This latest update features more than 6,000 data items at the national, state and county level from a variety of sources. New and revised data items include 2008 age, sex, race and Hispanic origin; 2006 births, deaths and infant deaths; 2007 Census of Agriculture; 2008 civilian labor force; 2007 personal income and earnings; 2007 total employment by industry; and 2008 building permits.
Internet address: <>.

Working Paper No. 85, Using a Regression Approach to Estimate Persons per Household and Vacancy Rates in the Production of Housing Unit-Based Population Estimates — July 15 — This paper examines an approach for estimating the average number of persons per household and vacancy rates for counties using the number of births and deaths, school enrollment and similar information. (Tentatively scheduled for release in mid-July.)
Internet address: <>.

Population Dynamics of the Great Plains: 1950 to 2007 — July 14 — 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.
Internet address: <>.

Facts for Features

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) — July 15 — During this monthlong observance, our nation celebrates the culture and traditions of the 47 million U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The Census Bureau joins in the celebration with this fact sheet presenting a range of data describing the demographic state of the nation's Latino population.
Internet address: <>.

Grandparents Day (Sept. 13) — July 13 — On this day intended to honor the nation's grandparents and make children aware of the wisdom they can offer, the Census Bureau tells the demographic story of these unsung role models and caregivers.
Internet address: <>.

Labor Day (Sept. 7) — July 7 — First observed in 1882 when thousands of workers marched in a parade up Broadway in New York City, this day became a federal holiday a dozen years later. Today, many view Labor Day as summer's end, and beaches and resorts are packed with people enjoying one last three-day weekend before the autumn chill arrives. In observance of this holiday for workers, this fact sheet includes an array of demographic data spotlighting our nation's labor force.
Internet address: <>.



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: <,n1>.

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: <>.

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. Running time: 2:14.
Internet address: <>.

Online Testimonial Gallery — Short statements of support for 2010 Census participation from key partners. Spokespersons stress the importance of answering the census questionnaire, the ease in responding and the benefits an accurate census brings to the nation and communities. Running times vary (generally 1-2 minutes).
Internet address: <,n22>.


Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for June — Profile America segments included a guide through "Duct Tape Festival" (June 19) and licking the mail delivery issues in "First Postage Stamps/ZIP Codes" (July 1).
Internet address: <>.

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: <,n34>.

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