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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Sept. 24, 2010 TP10-20


Census Bureau Launches Official Corporate Blog — Sept. 16 — The Census Bureau has launched “Random Samplings,” a blog touching on topics where Census Bureau data may contribute to the public discussion of the great issues of the day, such as poverty and business growth. Recent posting include “Measuring Poverty” (Sept. 16), “Health Insurance: Who Has Coverage, Who Doesn't?” (Sept. 20), and “Tracking the Dream” (Sept. 21). <>

American Community Survey

2009 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates — Based on survey responses collected over the course of the 2009 calendar year, this product provides data on more than 40 demographic, socioeconomic and housing topics. Among those covered are income, poverty, health insurance, educational attainment, the commute to work, the foreign-born population, language spoken at home, ancestry, occupation, number of vehicles available and housing costs. These estimates will be available for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district and all counties, places and metropolitan areas with populations of 65,000 or more. In addition to the statistics available via the American FactFinder data tool, a set of analytical briefs with ACS data will be available on six topics, with 13 additional briefs to be released Oct. 12. This is the first in a series of key Census Bureau releases that are vital in measuring the population. Between now and the end of the year, we will release a series of data products providing information about our country's population, each doing so in a different way. (Scheduled for release Sept. 28.)


Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 2009 — How do foreign-born U.S. residents compare with their children in areas such as educational attainment, income and poverty status? This table series provides a range of social and economic characteristics for the foreign-born population and their children. It is the only source of data that provides profiles of the foreign-born population by generation. (Scheduled for release in October.)


2010 2nd Quarter Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue — 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. (Scheduled for release Sept. 27.)

Economic Indicators — The Census Bureau releases statistics that provide monthly, quarterly and yearly updates on key measures of the nation's economic condition. Upcoming releases in October include monthly wholesale trade: sales and inventories and manufactures' shipments, inventories and orders and U.S. international trade in goods and services. For the latest releases and schedule, go to <>.

Facts for Features

Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 25 — To celebrate our national day of thanksgiving, this release highlights a range of economic and demographic statistics pertaining to the menu of culinary delights consumed on Turkey Day. (Scheduled for release in September.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for September and October — Upcoming segments include going up in smoke in “Chimney Safety” (Sept. 29) and a classic of the funnies in “Peanuts' 60th Anniversary” (Oct. 2).

The daily features are available at <>, with download options for MP3 (including podcast subscription) and WAV files, or zip files for the entire month (MP3).

Recently Released

(Since Sept. 10, 2010)

2010 Census

Director's Blog — Get the latest news about the 2010 Census on the Census Bureau Director's Blog, which provides updates from Director Robert Groves. The latest postings are “A Data-Filled Fall” (Sept. 16) and “So What Happens Now?” (Sept. 13). Internet address: <>.

Media Webinar: 2009 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates — Sept. 23 — The Census Bureau hosted a Web conference to discuss the Sept. 28 release of the 1-year American Community Survey data. Discussion focused on details of release, kind of products issued and topics of the data. Internet address:

2010 Census Operations News Briefing — Sept. 22 — Census Bureau Director Robert Groves provided a status update on the 2010 Census, including a discussion of the data processing phase. Internet address:


Working Paper on the Change in Cohabiting Couples from 2009 to 2010 — Sept. 23 — This research paper from Rose Kreider, a demographer in the Census Bureau's Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division, examines the factors that may have contributed to the increase in cohabiting as well as the characteristics of couples living together. It compares couples who began cohabiting within the last year with couples who have lived together for at least a year. The paper notes the increase in cohabiting couples from 6.7 million in 2009 to 7.5 million in 2010 and suggests that economic factors may have contributed to the increase. The data from the paper comes from the 2010 Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey. Internet address: <>

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage: 2009 — Sept. 16 — The Census Bureau held a Web conference to announce findings from the official report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage for the nation, based on the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the 2010 Current Population Survey. Internet address: <>. See also blog <>

Working Paper No. 86: Item Nonresponse, Allocation, and Data Editing of the Question on Hispanic Origin in the American Community Survey (ACS): 2000 to 2007 — Aug. 23 — This paper evaluates the quality of data from the question on Hispanic origin in the ACS for the years 2000 to 2007. The paper offers recommendations for the questions on Hispanics origin. Internet address: <>


Survey of Business Owners: Hispanic-Owned Businesses: 2007 — Sept. 21 — The Census Bureau held a Web conference to present data sets showing the number of firms, sales and receipts, number of paid employees and annual payroll. Data are presented by industry and size of business. For the first time since 2002, counties, metropolitan areas and cities can see statistical profiles of Hispanic-owned businesses in their areas. Internet address: <>. See also blog <>

Hispanic-Owned Businesses: Texas: 2007 — Sept. 21 — The Census Bureau held a news conference in Dallas to present Texas data sets on Hispanic-owned businesses. Texas counties, metropolitan areas and cities can see statistical profiles of Hispanic-owned businesses in their areas. Internet address:

2007 Economic Census Franchise Report — Sept. 14 — Census Bureau Deputy Director Thomas Mesenbourg presented the first detailed and comprehensive look at franchising in the United States at the International Franchise Association's Annual Public Affairs Conference in Washington. These statistics, from the 2007 Economic Census, show data at the national level for nearly 300 industries in 15 of the 18 economic sectors for which data is collected. Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for September — Profile America segments included a festive flotilla in “Classic Boats” (Sept. 12) and getting the scoop in “Ice Cream Cone” (Sept. 20). Internet address: <>.


2010 Census Progress: Data Capture and Processing — Learn more about the 2010 Census forms now being processed at our national processing centers. The data we collect from the forms will help determine the number of representatives allotted to each state. 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 <>.
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