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April 23, 2010 TP10-09

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2010 Census

2010 Census Operational News Briefing — On Wednesday, April 28, U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves will announce how well America responded to the once-a-decade census by mailing back their 2010 Census forms. Groves will discuss how the rates compare by factors such as geography, race and age. On Monday, May 3, also at the National Press Club in Washington, Groves will provide updates on 2010 Census nonresponse follow-up operations under way across the country. (Media advisory scheduled for release April 26.)

2010 Census Event in Los Angeles — Director Robert M. Groves will appear with California acting Lt. Gov. Mona Pasquil on Friday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles to honor students who made videos to encourage participation in the 2010 Census. (Media advisory scheduled for release April 26.)

Census Bureau Announces Final National 2010 Census Mail Participation Rates — In 2000, 72 percent of the nation's households mailed back their census forms. Did we do better in 2010? The national mail participation rate will be revealed along with the top responding states, counties and cities. (Scheduled for release April 28.)

Census Takers Begin Visiting Households Across the Nation — On May 1, hundreds of thousands of census takers, also called enumerators, begin the monumental task of going to every household in the country that either did not return or did not receive a census form. The enumerators, who have been hired from local communities, carry an official badge and shoulder bag. The census taker will complete the questionnaire, which should take about 10 minutes. If no one is home, a “notice of visit” will be left at the door inviting the resident to call the census taker to complete the form over the phone. (Tentatively scheduled for release April 29.)

2010 Census Blogs — Follow the latest news about the census on several key blogs on the 2010 Census Web site. The “2010 Census Director's Blog” provides updates from Census Bureau Director Robert Groves. “The Whole Story: Real People, Real Questions, Real Answers” lays out the facts on key issues of concern to the public. <http://2010.census.gov/2010census/>

Demographic

Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2008 — This report examines levels of voting and registration in the most recent presidential election, the characteristics of citizens who reported either registering or voting in the election and the reasons why some registered individuals did not vote. The data are based on the November 2008 Current Population Survey. (Scheduled for release in May.)

Geographical Mobility: 2009 — Data from the Current Population Survey present national-level data on who moves, how far and why. Data are broken out by regions, race, income level, owners vs. renters and more. Included as well are historical tables on the mover rate. Also included are historical tables. (Tentatively scheduled for release in May.)

The Next Four Decades: The Older Population in the United States: 2010 to 2050 — In time to commemorate Older Americans Month, this report presents information on how the age structure of the overall population and composition of the older population in terms of age, sex, race and Hispanic origin are expected to change over the next four decades. The report provides an analysis of national population projections tables originally released in August 2008. (Scheduled for release in May.)

Economic

2007 Economic Census: Manufacturing Geographic Area Series — This is a series of state, county, place and metro area data files on the manufacturing sector (NAICS 31). These include data for industries such as bottled water, plastic bottles, breakfast cereal, retail bakery products, mobile homes, nitrogenous fertilizers and others. The files provide data on the number of establishments, payroll, number of employees and other data items by industry. These data will be released through May 2010. (Tentatively scheduled for release in April.)

Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems: 4th Quarter 2009 — This quarterly survey provides national summary data on the revenues, expenditures and composition of assets of the 100 largest state and local public employee retirement systems in the United States. These 100 systems comprise 89.4 percent of financial activity among such entities, based on the 2007 Census of Governments. This survey presents the most current data about investment decisions by state and local public employee retirement systems, which are among the largest types of institutional investors in the U.S. financial markets. These data tables are published four months after each calendar quarter and show national financial transactions and trends for the past six years. (Scheduled for release April 29.)

Facts for Features

The Fourth of July — The Census Bureau wishes the nation a happy birthday by igniting a charge of fun and interesting data. A collection of statistics on subjects such as flags, fireworks and food usher in the nation's 234th birthday. (Scheduled for release in early May.)

Broadcast/Photo/Multimedia/Television

Audio

Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for May — These daily, 60-second audio features provide interesting vignettes from key events, anniversaries or commemorations to highlight information collected by the Census Bureau. Produced by the Public Information Office, segments range from the invention of the zipper to National Nurses Week.

These segments are available as ready-to-air radio features on a monthly CD or on the Internet at <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/>. Download options include MP3 and WAV files. For more information, contact Rick Reed; 301-763-2812, or e-mail; <PIO.Broadcast.Services@census.gov>.

Recently Released

(Since April 9, 2010)

2010 Census

Georgia Matches Its 2000 Census Mail Participation Rate — April 21 — According to the latest 2010 Census mail participation rates, Georgia has matched the rate it had achieved during the 2000 Census — 69 percent. Georgia is one of 19 states, in addition to Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, that have met or surpassed their rates from the 2000 Census.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/2010_census/cb10-cr146.html>.

2010 Census Mail Participation Rate Hits 71 Percent as Census Bureau Continues to Receive Forms — April 20 — As of April 20, 71 percent of the nation's households have mailed back their 2010 Census forms. The Census Bureau will continue to post updates to the participation rate throughout the week as the last of the mailed-back forms are processed. After April 23, no rate updates will be posted until the final mail participation rate is calculated and announced at a news conference on April 28.
Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/mail-participation-rate.html>.

Last Day to Mail Back Census Forms — April 16 — Today marks the last day for residents across America to mail back their 2010 Census questionnaires. Households that return their forms after April 16 will likely be visited by census workers when they begin May 1 going door to door to collect census responses.
Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/last-day.html>.

2010 Census: Maine Approaches Its 2000 Mail Participation Rate — April 15 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/maine-participation-rate.html>.

2010 Census: Vermont Approaches Its 2000 Mail Participation Rate — April 15 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/vermont-2000participation.html>.

2010 Census: Rhode Island Approaches Its 2000 Mail Participation Rate — April 15 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/rhode-island-participation-rate.html>.

2010 Census: Minnesota Approaches Its 2000 Mail Participation Rate — April 15 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/minnesota-participation-rate.html>.

2010 Census: Indiana Approaches Its 2000 Mail Participation Rate — April 15 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/indiana-participation-rate.html>.

2010 Census: Illinois Approaches Its 2000 Mail Participation Rate — April 15 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/illinois-participation-rate.html>.

2010 Census: Florida Approaches Its 2000 Mail Participation Rate — April 15 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/florida-participation-rate.html>.

2010 Census: Washington, D.C., Approaches Its 2000 Mail Participation Rate — April 15 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/dc-participation-rate.html>.

2010 Census: Virginia Approaches Its 2000 Mail Participation Rate — April 15 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/virginia-participation-rate.html>.

2010 Census: Alabama Approaches Its 2000 Mail Participation Rate — April 15 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/alabama-2000rate.html>.

Two Days Left to Mail Back 2010 Census Forms — April 15 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/two-days-left.html>.

There are Three Days Left to Mail Back Census Forms — April 14 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/only-three-days-left.html>.

Tennessee is the Fourth State to Match or Surpass Its 2000 Census Mail Participation Rates — April 14 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/surpass-tennessee.html>.

Kentucky Joins the Ranks of States that Have Matched or Surpassed Their 2000 Census Mail Participation Rates — April 13 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/kentucky-joins-the-ranks-of-states.html>.

Five Days Left to Mail Back Your Census Form — April 12 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/5days-left.html>.

Six Days Left to Mail Back 2010 Census Forms — April 11 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/6-days-left.html>.

North and South Carolina, Hundreds of Cities and Counties Have Already Matched or Surpassed Their 2000 Census Mail Participation Rates — April 9 — Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/surpass-participation.html>.

Demographic

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2009 — April 20 — More women than men are expected to occupy professions such as doctors, lawyers and college professors as they represent approximately 58 percent of young adults, age 25 to 29, who hold an advanced degree. In addition, among all adults 25 and older, more women than men had high school diplomas and bachelor's degrees. Tables from the Current Population Survey present national data on the highest level of education achieved by age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, household relationship, citizenship and nativity. Included as well are historical tables on mean earnings by level of attainment.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/education/cb10-55.html>.

Economic Characteristics of Households in the United States: Third Quarter 2008 — April 15 — Approximately 45 percent of U.S. residents lived in households in which at least one individual received government benefits from programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. This report examines the roles of government-sponsored benefit programs and the labor market in helping people cope with the current economic climate. Specifically, it presents data on average monthly income, participation in government-sponsored social welfare or insurance programs and labor force activity during the period. The data are from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation; they do not supersede the official income estimates released in September 2009.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/employment_occupations/cb10-53.html>.

Facts for Features

Father's Day Centennial — April 20 — To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Father's Day celebration, the Census Bureau presents a collection of statistical information from its demographic and economic subject areas honoring dear ol' dad.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb10-ff11.html>.

Broadcast/Photo/Multimedia/Television

Audio

Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for April — Profile America segments included not especially happy returns in “Income Taxes Due” (April 15) a pitch for professional baseball in “National League Formed” (April 22). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/profile_america/>.

Photo

Nonresponse Follow-Up (11 photos) — Door-to-door census taking occurs in May, June and early July 2010. Local census takers will visit households that did not mail back a census form. All census takers carry an official badge and a shoulder bag — both with the Department of Commerce seal — and a binder. During a visit, census takers will show ID and hand respondents an information sheet explaining that their answers are confidential. If no one is home, a “notice of visit” will be left at the door inviting the resident to call the census taker to complete the form over the phone. Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/>.

2010 Census Car Debuts in Atlanta's Kobalt Tools 500 (4 photos) — Greg Biffle, driving the 2010 Census-sponsored No. 16 Ford Fusion, finished eighth in the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/>.

The Big Form (7 photos) — The U.S. Census Bureau's Giant 2010 Census Form Tour was part of a large-scale effort to encourage households to take 10 minutes to fill out and mail back their census forms. The 20-foot-high forms went on display at popular public sites in a number of major cities, such as Times Square in New York, Union Station in Washington, and Daley Plaza in Chicago. Other cities included Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Los Angeles, Phoenix, St. Louis and San Francisco. Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/>.

Video

Open Your Door to the Future — Households that did not mail back their census forms will be counted by local census takers during the door-to-door visits and telephone calls in May, June and early July. Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/>.

Public Service Announcements from Major League Players — Howie Kendrick (Angels), Yovani Gallardo (Brewers), Pablo Sandoval (Giants), Jay Bruce (Reds) and Justin Upton (Diamondbacks) are part of a growing list of U.S. athletes who have recorded PSAs for the 2010 Census. Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/>.

Door-to-Door B-Roll Census Takers — This B-roll contains footage of staged door-to-door census takers. Since Title 13 of the U.S. Code ensures the confidentiality of individual responses, the enumeration and form filling scenes are simulated. Internet address: <http://mediadownload.census.gov/content/b-roll-2010-census-door-door-census-takers>.

Daily Countdown — This series of videos counted down the days left to fill out your census form and why it's important. 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