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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Jan. 14, 2011 TP11-01


2010 Census

New Version of American FactFinder — The Census Bureau is planning to launch a new, improved version of American FactFinder, the online tool for accessing 2010 Census results and other Census Bureau data sets. Get a preview of the new features in a media webinar Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. EST. Internet address: <>. (Scheduled for release Jan. 18.)

2010 Census Local-Level Data — In February and March, we'll begin to see the portrait of America really take shape, as each state receives local-level 2010 Census data on race, Hispanic origin, the voting age population and housing units. As required by law, the Census Bureau will provide these key demographic data to the states (on a state-by-state flow basis) so the state governments can redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts. On Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. EST, the Census Bureau will hold a Web conference to explain this upcoming release. The data will begin to roll out the first week of February, with announcements about which states will be included in the following week's data releases.


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.)


Economic Indicators — CThe 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 advance monthly sales for retail and food services, manufacturing and trade inventories and sales and housing starts/building permits. For the latest releases and schedule, go to

2009 Service Annual Survey — This annual business survey provides the most comprehensive national data available on service activity in the United States. And now for the first time, the Service Annual Survey has expanded to collect data for all service industries in 2009, providing data for 55 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. Previously, the survey accounted for only 30 percent. (Scheduled for release in late January.)

Survey of Business Owners: Black-Owned Businesses: 2007 — On Feb. 8, 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 black-owned businesses in their area. The Web conference will consist of a simultaneous audio conference and webinar. (Scheduled for release Feb. 8)

Facts for Features

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.)

Women's History Month (March) — In commemoration of this annual observance highlighting and celebrating the varied and historic accomplishments of women, this edition provides statistical information on topics such as earnings, education, business ownership, voting, occupations, military service and marriage. (Scheduled for release in January.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for January and February — Upcoming segments include cash in a flash in “First ATM” (Jan. 28) and come rain or shine in “Early Weather” (Feb. 5).

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 Dec. 30, 2010)

2010 Census

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: <>.

American Community Survey

2007-2009 American Community Survey (ACS) 3-Year Estimates — Jan. 11 — 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. Internet address: <>.


OnTheMap Version 5 — Jan. 10 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011 — Jan. 6 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Census Bureau Releases Research on the Supplemental Poverty Measure — Jan. 5 — The Census Bureau is releasing the research paper, Who is Poor? A New Look With the Supplemental Poverty Measure, plus a number of other technical working papers on the topic. The research paper applies methodology recommended by a federal interagency technical working group to present supplemental poverty estimates. The supplemental poverty measure is based on a more comprehensive definition of poverty and provides an additional look at the impact of federal policies on those in or near poverty. These estimates do not represent the actual supplemental poverty measure because they use 2009 income data combined with 2008 poverty thresholds. Also, these estimates do not replace the official poverty measure released by the Census Bureau in September 2010. Internet address: <>.

Alternative Income and Poverty Estimates for 2009 — Jan. 4 — The Census Bureau has released alternative income and poverty estimates covering calendar year 2009, including breakdowns by age, sex and race. These estimates do not revise or replace the official 2009 income and poverty estimates released Sept. 16, 2010. The official estimate of the national poverty rate remains at 14.3 percent.

The Census Bureau has released alternative measures of poverty for many years based on the recommendations of Congress and the National Academy of Sciences. The purpose of these alternate measures is to show the effect on income and poverty measures when factoring in a range of poverty thresholds and different assumptions about income sources (such as subsidized housing or free or reduced-price school lunches). Internet address: <>.

Facts for Features

Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick's Day (March 17) — Jan. 13 — In celebration of this holiday and those with Irish-American heritage, this edition is filled with statistical information from the Census Bureau's demographic and economic subject areas on the nation's Irish-American population and other facets of this celebration of all things Irish. Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for December — Profile America segments included transitioning from Dr. Spock to Medicare in “First Baby Boomers Turn 65” (Jan. 3) and the latest buzz in “Biggest Electronics Show” (Jan. 9). 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