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

Oct. 9, 2009 TP09-21


American Community Survey

American Community Survey 2006-2008 Data Release — This release includes three-year data for all geographies with populations greater than 20,000, providing only the second look at detailed socioeconomic and housing characteristics for geographies between 20,000 and 64,999 since Census 2000. This follows the Sept. 22 and 29 release of one-year (2008) data for all geographies of 65,000 or more. (Scheduled for release Oct. 27.)

The Foreign-Born Labor Force in the United States: 2007 — This analysis from American Community Survey data looks at the characteristics of the civilian foreign-born vs. native labor force population on topics that include educational attainment, occupation and industry. (Tentatively scheduled for release in October.)


Selected Characteristics of Baby Boomers 42 to 60 Years Old in 2006 — This PowerPoint presentation provides a look at a variety of demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the baby boom generation, such as geographic distribution, marital status, educational attainment and income, and compares them with adults in younger and older age groups. The analysis uses data from a variety of sources, including the 2006 American Community Survey, 2006 population estimates, population projections and Census 2000. (Tentatively scheduled for release in mid-October.)

USA Counties — This latest update features more than 6,500 data items at the national, state and county level from a variety of sources. New and revised data items include 2008 Housing Unit Estimates, 2008 Consolidated Federal Funds Reports, 2008 Supplemental Security Income, 2008 Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance benefits, 2007 County Business Patterns, 2007 Physicians, 2007 Nonemployer Statistics and 2006 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates. (Tentatively scheduled for release in mid-October.)

Alternative Income and Poverty Estimates: 2008 — The Census Bureau will release alternative income and poverty estimates covering calendar year 2008. The data were collected from the 2009 Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC). The first set of alternative measures includes poverty estimates only and are based on recommendations from a 1995 National Academy of Sciences panel on measuring poverty. These estimates use a broadened definition of income and a set of poverty thresholds that are conceptually consistent with this income measure. The second set of alternative measures includes both income and poverty estimates and shows the impact of cash and noncash benefits and taxes on the distribution of income and prevalence of poverty. The poverty estimates in this series are based on the official poverty thresholds. Both of these alternative measures are similar to estimates released in January 2009 covering calendar year 2007 from the 2008 CPS ASEC. (Scheduled for release Oct. 19.)

Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007 — This report shows national-level trends of child-support income received by parents for children whose other parent lives elsewhere. The Census Bureau collects detailed information about child-support agreements or awards, such as reported amounts due and received, as well as other socioeconomic characteristics about custodial parents and their families. (Tentatively scheduled for release in early November.)


Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems: 2nd Quarter 2009 — This survey provides quarterly summary data on assets, revenue and expenditures of the largest state and local government employee retirement systems in the United States, which comprise nearly 90 percent of national activity among such entities. It provides the most current data about investment decisions by state and local government 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 Oct. 29.)

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 October.)

2008 State and Local Government Employment and Payroll — Which government function employed the largest number of people among the nation's state and local governments? These data show the number of part-time and full-time employees and payroll statistics for state and local governments by government function -- highways, fire protection, police protection, public welfare, parks and recreation and more. Government types include counties, cities, townships, special districts and school districts. (Scheduled for release in late October.)

Facts for Features

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month (November) — Presidents have signed proclamations to honor the nation's 4.9 million American Indian and Alaska Natives each year at this time. This group is younger and has larger families than the national population. (Scheduled for release Oct. 15.)

Veterans Day (Nov. 11) — Parades and speeches across the country, as well as a national ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, highlight this federal holiday. Some of the statistics from this day include the number of veterans in the country, their racial and ethnic backgrounds, and the number who vote. (Scheduled for release Oct. 13.)

Holiday Season — A collection of facts and figures from the Census Bureau's data collection related to Christmas and other holidays this joyous time of year. (Scheduled for release in late October.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for October and November — 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 finding a comfort level in "Heating Season" (Oct. 28) and honoring the land's first people in "National American Indian Heritage Month" (Nov. 2).

The October daily features are available at <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/>.
November's files will be available around Oct. 23.

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 Sept. 25, 2009)

American Community Survey

Additional 2008 American Community Survey Data — Sept. 29 — Economic data related to family income, poverty and receipt of food stamps became available for areas with populations of 65,000 or more. Most social, housing and demographic data from the 2008 survey was released Sept. 21.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb09-cn25.html>.


America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2007 — Oct. 1 — A new report shows that the 5.6 million stay-at-home mothers in 2007 were younger and more likely to be Hispanic and foreign-born than mothers who were in the labor force. Nearly one-fourth of all married-couple families in the U.S. had a stay-at-home mother. This report is based on a special tabulation using data from the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey to provide a look at the basic trends in household and family composition. It shows state-level variation in the kinds of households children live in, such as married-couple families, unmarried-partner households and single-parent families.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/families_households/cb09-132.html>.

The Hispanic Origin Population in the United States: 2007 and 2008 — Sept. 30 — National-level tabulations from the Current Population Survey on this population group are shown by a wide range of demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. They include information on the generational distribution of the Hispanic population, as well as of specific groups, such as Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban. There are also tabulations on educational attainment, nativity and citizenship status, year of entry of the foreign-born, household type, labor force and employment status, occupation, earnings and poverty, housing tenure, mobility and health insurance status.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/hispanic_origin_population/2009-09-30_hispanic_origin_population.html>.


2007 State and Local Government Finances — Sept. 30 — State and local governments took in more than $3.1 trillion in total revenues, according to the 2007 Census of Governments. Available is aggregate data for every state covering revenues by type (taxes and federal aid), expenditures by character (current operations, capital outlay, payments to other governments), expenditures by function (welfare, health, education, natural resources), indebtedness, and cash and security holdings.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/governments/cb09-148.html>.

2009 2nd Quarter Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue — Sept. 30 — Are sales and income tax revenue increasing or declining? This summary shows quarterly tax revenue data on property, sales, license, income and other taxes. Data are shown for individual state governments as well as national-level estimates of total state and local taxes, including 12-month calculations. This quarterly survey has been conducted continuously since 1962.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/governments/2009-09-30_governments.html>.

Facts for Features

Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) — Sept. 30 — Dig in to this feast of economic and demographic statistics pertaining to the menu of culinary delights consumed on Turkey Day.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb09-ff22.html>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for September — Profile America segments included the story of an out-of-this-world Hispanic scientist in "Ellen Ochoa" (Sept. 27) and going to the dogs at "Woofstock" (Oct. 3).
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/>.


Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage: 2008 — Short sound bites from the annual news conference are available. This is when the Census Bureau reveals the nation's official poverty rate, as well as national income and health insurance data.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/videos/census_operations.php>.

2010 Census: A New Portrait of America — Informational videos (including one in Spanish) addressing varied audiences and explaining how the 2010 Census will benefit people of every race and ethnicity are available. 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/news/press-kits/apportionment/apport.html>.

2010 Census B-Roll — Video documentation of census operations are available for use by broadcast media.
Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/>.

Online Testimonial Gallery — Short statements of support for 2010 Census participation from key partners are available. 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: <http://2010.census.gov/partners/pdf/2010_ICC_Plan_Final_Edited.pdf>.


Photos of 2010 Census operations can be found on the Census Bureau's photo site. Operations shown include address canvassing, the mailout of questionnaires, questionnaire drop-offs in rural areas (update/leave) and nonresponse follow-up, where enumerators visit housing units that have not mailed back a questionnaire.
Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/>.

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: February 10, 2014