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New Version of the American FactFinder — The Census Bureau is planning to launch a new, improved version of the American FactFinder, the online tool for accessing 2010 Census results and other Census Bureau data sets. Get a preview of the new features. Internet address: <http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/aff2.html>. (Scheduled for release mid-January.)
2007-2009 American Community Survey (ACS) 3-Year Estimates — This release covers the same topics included in the previously released 2009 ACS 1-year estimates and the 2005-2009 ACS 5-year estimates. The 2007-2009 ACS estimates have a 3-year time frame and are only available for areas with populations of 20,000 or more (unlike the 5-year estimates, which are available for all areas). The more than 70 topics covered include occupation, educational attainment, commute to work, foreign-born population, language spoken at home, ancestry, number of vehicles available, housing costs, income and poverty. (Scheduled for release Jan. 11.)
Alternative Income and Poverty Estimates/Supplemental Poverty Measure Preliminary Estimates for 2009 — Collected from the 2010 Current Population Survey's Annual Social and Economic Supplement, the alternative measures show the effect on income and poverty measures when factoring in a range of different assumptions about income sources and poverty thresholds. These estimates do not replace or revise the official poverty estimates released in September 2010. (Scheduled for release Jan. 4.)
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, and 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 more than 1,000 tables describing life in our nation and the world. (Scheduled for release Jan. 6.)
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 January.)
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 January.)
OnTheMap Version 5 — Visually identify where people work and where workers live with the latest OnTheMap Version 5 — an interactive mapping tool that allows users to create, print and download workforce-related maps, charts, profiles and reports. It shows commuting patterns of workers to their jobs and the concentration of workers in a selected area. It allows for comparisons of employment areas by worker origin patterns, worker ages, monthly earnings and industry. Data are available for all states except Massachusetts and New Hampshire. (Scheduled for release in January.)
State Government Finances: 2009 — These data represent detailed summaries of state revenue (such as taxes, federal aid and lottery receipts), expenditures (such as public welfare, highways, and parks and recreation), indebtedness and assets. (Scheduled for release Jan. 5.)
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 January include construction spending, monthly wholesale trade: sales and inventories and U.S. international trade in goods and services. For the latest releases and schedule, go to <http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/briefroom/BriefRm>.
Super Bowl XLV (Feb. 6) — An array of statistics from the Census Bureau relating to the 45th edition of our most celebrated sporting event. The game has evolved into the nation's most-watched television broadcast of the year and the day on which it occurs, Super Bowl Sunday, into a de facto national observance. Includes data for Arlington, Texas, site of the big game, as well as cities represented by the two participating NFL teams. (Scheduled for release in January.)
Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for December and January — Upcoming segments include edible spreadables in “Butter and Margarine” (Jan. 2) and knowing beans about “Gourmet Coffee” (Jan. 20).
The daily features are available at <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/>, with download options for MP3 (including podcast subscription) and WAV or zip files for the entire month (MP3).
(Since Dec. 17, 2010)
Apportionment Countdown — Dec. 21 — Fulfilling its constitutional mandate, the U.S. Census Bureau released the first set of 2010 Census data at a news conference Dec. 21 at the National Press Club in Washington. The 2010 Census data included the resident population for the nation and the states as well as the congressional apportionment totals for each state. The law requires the Census Bureau to report these results to the President by Dec. 31.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/2010_census/cb10-cn93.html>.
<http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/2010_census/cb10-cn89.html>. Visit <http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/interactivemap.php> to use an interactive map that highlights the history of apportionment and our country's changing population throughout the past century. You can also learn more about apportionment from our Special Edition: Facts for Features: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb10-ffse05.html> or through the video "The Amazing Apportionment Machine" on our YouTube channel: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUCnb5_HZc0>.
2010 Census Data Products at a Glance — Short summaries and schedules for the 2010 Census data products with links to table shells showing the content of files. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2010/glance/index.html>.
2010 International Data Base Update — Dec. 28 — This data series updates the estimates and projections that serve as a consistent set of demographic indicators — population size and growth, mortality, fertility and net migration — for 227 countries and other areas of the world with populations of 5,000 or more. For all such countries and areas, estimates and projections are provided by sex and age to 100 years and older. This update reflects revisions to 18 countries. The estimates and projections for the United States and Puerto Rico do not incorporate the 2010 Census results released earlier this month. The estimates and projections for the U.S. Island Areas of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands do not incorporate the 2010 Census results that are scheduled for release in 2012 and 2013. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/>.
Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems: 3rd Quarter 2010 — Dec. 29 — 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 three months after each calendar quarter and show national financial transactions and trends for the past five years. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/govs/qpr/>.
2010 3rd Quarter Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue — Dec. 29 — Tax revenues grew in the third quarter, marking the fourth straight quarter of positive growth. Property tax, general sales tax and individual income tax revenues increased, while corporate income tax revenue declined. The decline in corporate income tax revenue is the third consecutive quarter of decline. 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/govs/qtax/>.
Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for December — Profile America segments included the word from above in “Greetings from Space” (Dec. 18) and going by the numbers in the “Bingo” (Dec. 29). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/profile_america/>.
A New Portrait of America — Dec 21 — Video and photos presenting highlights of the news conference where the Census Bureau released the 2010 Census apportionment data. Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/index.php>.
The U.S. Census and the Amazing Apportionment Machine — How does apportionment actually work? Through animation, the Census Bureau helps explain how the apportionment formula is used to ensure equal representation for all, just like the Founding Fathers planned. Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/census-data/census-apportionment-machine.php>.