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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Nov. 19, 2010 TP10-24


2010 Census

Apportionment Countdown — Incorporate the 2010 Congressional Apportionment Countdown Clock into your Website to help share the importance of census participation. The first data released from the 2010 Census are the official national and state population counts which are used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. As mandated by the Constitution, these data must be delivered to the President of the United States on or before Dec. 31. For the apportionment widget, go to <>.

American Community Survey

2005-2009 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates — Based on responses collected from 2005 to 2009, this is the first release of this survey's estimates for all geographic areas, regardless of population size. Among the more than 40 topics covered are income, poverty, educational attainment, commute to work, 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, congressional districts, counties, places and metropolitan areas, and census tracts and block groups. (Scheduled for release Dec. 14.)


School Enrollment in the United States: 2009 — Statistics describing a wide variety of demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of students at all levels of school, from nursery to graduate. The tables provide information by age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, family income, type of college, employment status and vocational course enrollment — all for the nation as a whole. The data come from the Current Population Survey; historical tables are provided with annual statistics back in some cases as far as 1956. (Scheduled for release in November or December.)

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates: 2009 — These tables provide estimates of income and poverty for states and counties, as well as estimates of poverty for school districts. The estimates provide annual updates for the administration of federal programs and the allocation of federal funds to local jurisdictions. (Scheduled for release in December.)

Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011 — When “Uncle Sam's Almanac” was published for the first time, the nation had only 38 states, people got around using a horse and buggy, Miami and Las Vegas did not yet exist. The year was 1878, and the Abstract has been published every year since. The 130th edition presents, as always, statistics on a dazzling array of topics — from “A” (aerobics) to “Z” (zinc production). Included are well over 1,000 tables describing life in our nation and the world. (Scheduled for release in December.)

Historical Migration of the Young, Single, and College Educated: 1965 to 2000 — Analyzes the growth of this group and compares their migration destinations with those of other segments of this age group and with the general population. Specifically examines decennial census results from 1970 to 2000 to determine how likely this group was to have changed residences in the five years preceding each census. (Scheduled for release in December.)

Demographic Analysis — This release will provide five series of estimates of the population at the national level only, by age, sex, two race groups (Black and non-Black) and for the Hispanic population under 20 years of age. They are based on a methodology called “Demographic Analysis,” which uses historical data on births and deaths, and estimates of international migration. Although NOT 2010 Census counts, these estimates provide one way of measuring the size of the U.S. population in 2010 and will be used to analyze the 2010 Census results. (Scheduled for release Dec. 6.)


2007 Economic Census of Island Areas: Puerto Rico — Construction — Construction includes establishments primarily engaged in building construction, heavy and civil engineering construction, and specialty trade contractors, such as framing, electrical, and flooring. Data are presented for Puerto Rico and its combined statistical areas (CSAs), metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), and municipios. The report includes data on the number of establishments, payroll, employment, value of business done and other data items by industry. (Scheduled for release in December.)

Survey of Business Owners: Women-Owned Businesses: 2007 — On Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. EST, the Census Bureau will hold 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 profiles of women-owned businesses in their area. The Web conference will consist of a simultaneous audio conference and webinar. (Scheduled for release Dec. 7.)

Facts for Features

African-American History Month (February) — To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, the Census Bureau presents a collection of demographic and economic statistics about the black community. (Scheduled for release in December.)

Valentine's Day: Feb. 14 — To celebrate this holiday of love, this release highlights a range of information including data on chocolates, flowers, jewelry and marriage. (Scheduled for release December.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for November and December — Upcoming segments are about “TV Dinners” (Nov. 26) and “Holiday Mailing” ((Dec. 13).

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

Recently Released

(Since Nov. 5, 2010)


USA Counties — Nov. 19 — This online update features more than 6,800 data items at the national, state and county level from a variety of sources. The file covers much of the same information found in the Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract. Topics include demographics, housing, employment, construction, banking, poverty, crime and education. Internet address: <>.

America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2010 — Nov. 10 — This series of tables provides an annual look at the socioeconomic characteristics of families and households at the national level, including median household size, median age of first marriage and how many children lived with a grandparent. Internet address: <>.

Who in the United States Sends and Receives Remittances? An Initial Analysis of the Monetary Transfers Data from the August 2008 Current Population Survey Migration Supplement — Nov. 8 — Monetary transfers, commonly called “remittances,” refer to personal transfers of money to and from relatives or friends who are living abroad. This report presents initial results on the occurrence, frequency and amount of transfers sent and received. This supplement is noteworthy because it was the first time questions on monetary transfers were included in a federally sponsored, nationally representative survey. Internet address: <>.


Economic Indicator Search Tool — Nov. 18 — The Census Bureau has introduced a new, user-friendly Internet tool that takes all the guesswork out of finding, downloading and using data from economic indicators. For the first time, users can access data from multiple indicators in one place and all in the same format. This tool provides an easy way to create data tables in ASCII text or time series charts in your favorite spreadsheet format. Users can select an indicator and choose data by item, time period and other dimensions using drop-down menus. Of the Census Bureau's 12 economic indicators, four are operational in the new tool now — international trade, manufactures' shipments, monthly wholesale trade and quarterly services; the remainder are expected to be available in this database throughout the course of 2011. Internet address: <>. See also a blog on this tool: <>.

North American Transportation in Figures — Nov. 18 — More than 97 million personal vehicles entered the United States in 2009, with 70.3 million from Mexico and 26.6 million from Canada. This report provides a comprehensive overview of 2009 transportation statistics in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Each language edition — English, Spanish and French — contains more than 30 data tables. Statistics include modes of transportation, fuel consumption, number of passengers, fatalities and more. The online transportation database is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Census Bureau, Transport Canada, Statistics Canada, Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, Geografia e Informatica and the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes of Mexico. Internet address: <>.

Facts for Features

2010 Holiday Season — Nov. 15 — To commemorate this time of year, the Census Bureau released a collection of facts and figures related to Hanukkah (Dec. 1), Christmas (Dec. 25), Kwanzaa (Dec. 26-Jan 1.) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1). Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for November — Profile America segments included the happy trails of “Roy Rogers” (Nov. 5) and savoring both smooth and crunchy in “Peanut Butter Lovers Month” (Nov. 15). 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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