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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Oct. 23, 2009 TP09-22


2010 Census

Census Bureau Launches — In an effort to reach all American residents to inform them about the importance of the 2010 Census, the Census Bureau unveils an improved Internet site. The site's goal is to build a national dialogue about how everyone's participation helps paint a new "Portrait of America." This is the start of a massive outreach campaign that will be steadily growing as Census Day -- April 1, 2010 -- approaches. (Scheduled for release Oct. 26.)

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 November.)


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 late October or early November.)

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.)

School Enrollment in the United States: 2008 — Could a recent trend toward two-year colleges be leading to an all-time high in enrollment? These tables examine a host of details about school enrollment for the population 3 years and older by social and economic characteristics, including age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, type of school, labor force status of mothers with school-age children, type of family, employment status of those enrolled in vocational courses, income levels, children of foreign-born and more. (Tentatively scheduled for release in early November.)

U.S. Population Projections by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010-2050 — A set of four different national projections by these characteristics, each based on a different assumption about the level of net international migration. Supplements the national projections series released last year. (Tentatively scheduled for release in mid-November.)

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE): 2008 — These tables provide estimates of income and poverty for states and counties, as well as estimates of poverty and population for school districts, median household income and poverty rates of various age groups. SAIPE provides annual updates for the administration of federal programs and the allocation of federal funds to local jurisdictions. (Tentatively scheduled for release in mid-November.)


2007 State and Local Government Finances — 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 October 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. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late October or 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 four months after each calendar quarter and show national financial transactions and trends for the past five years. (Scheduled for release Oct. 29.)

Facts for Features

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 26.)



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 weaving the Web in "Internet at 40" (Oct. 29) and honoring the land's first people in "National American Indian Heritage Month" (Nov. 2).

The daily features are available at <>.

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 Oct. 9, 2009)


Alternative Income and Poverty Estimates: 2008 — Oct. 22 — The Census Bureau has released 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). These estimates do not revise or replace the official 2008 income and poverty estimates released Sept. 10, 2009.
Internet address: <>.

USA Counties — Oct. 14 — 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.
Internet address: <>.

Facts for Features

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month (November) — Oct. 15 — 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.
Internet address: <>.

Veterans Day (Nov. 11) — Oct. 13 — 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.
Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for October and November — Profile America segments included feeding the student body in "School Lunch Week" (Oct. 11) and keeping a sharp lookout in "Crime Prevention" (Oct. 19).
Internet address: <>.


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: <>.

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: <,n1>.

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

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: <,n22>.


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: <>.

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 <>.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | | Last Revised: July 15, 2014