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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Jan. 28, 2011 TP11-02


2010 Census

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. 31, at 1 p.m. EST, the Census Bureau will host a media webinar to discuss the upcoming release of this data. In addition, Dr. Groves will host a 2010 Census operational press briefing on Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. EST at the National Press Club. 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. For further details, see our press kit at: <>.


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 February.)

2009 American Housing Survey for the New Orleans Metropolitan Area — The first comprehensive look at the quality and characteristics of the housing stock there since the year before Hurricane Katrina struck. These unique data include information on people displaced by the disaster, their housing options, the degree of damage to their homes and repair and renovation information. (Scheduled for release in February.)

2009 American Housing Survey for Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, Northern New Jersey, Chicago and Detroit Metropolitan Areas — Separate data sets for each of these metro areas, providing a wealth of data on the quality and characteristics of the housing stock. Topics covered include, for instance, the presence of air-conditioning, satisfaction with home and neighborhood, housing costs and the presence of various amenities. The survey publishes data for 47 metro areas on a rotating basis, with statistics for a given area released roughly every six years. (Scheduled for release in February.)


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.)

Annual Capital Expenditures — These data, based on the 2007 North American Industry Classification System, estimate business spending in 2009 for new and used structures and equipment at the sector level, as well as three-digit and selected four-digit industries. The data provide the private sector, especially the business community, with a relevant, timely and accurate measure of current business conditions. These data are an important input for federal agencies constructing composite national economic measures, such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis' estimates of private-fixed investment, a major component of gross domestic product; the Bureau of Labor Statistics' estimates of capital stocks for productivity analysis; and the Federal Reserve Board's Flow of Funds accounts. (Scheduled for release Feb. 9.)

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 new home sales, advance report on durable good manufacturers' shipment, inventories, and orders and housing vacancies and homeownership. For the latest releases and schedule, go to <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for January and February — Upcoming segments include seeing what sticks in “Scotch Tape” (Jan. 30) and getting ready for some football in “Super Bowl” (Feb. 6).

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 Jan. 14, 2011)

2010 Census

Geography Files for Mapping 2010 Census Local-Level Data — Jan. 20 — The Census Bureau has released all of the TIGER/Line Shape Files to the states in preparation for the release of 2010 Census local-level data used by the states for redistricting. When it debuted in 1990, the Census Bureau's Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER) Line/Shape files provided the first nationwide digital map of the country, which helped propel the early stages of the Geographic Information Systems industry. TIGER provides a base geographic layer containing the location and relationship of streets, rivers, railroads and other features to each other and to the numerous geographic entities for which the Census Bureau tabulates data from its censuses and sample surveys. In February and March, the Census Bureau will provide 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. These geographic files will help them map the data and draw their district lines. Internet address: <>.

New Version of American FactFinder — Jan. 18 — The Census Bureau launched a new, improved version of American FactFinder, the online tool for accessing 2010 Census results and other Census Bureau data sets. Internet address: <> or <>.

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: <>.


2009 Service Annual Survey — Jan. 26 — 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. Internet address: <>.

U.S. Census Bureau Reports State Government Revenues Decline Nearly 31 Percent (revision note) — Jan. 18 — Revisions to the news release and the data set highlighted. Internet address: <>.

Facts for Features

Women's History Month (March) — Jan. 26 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Super Bowl XLV (Feb. 6) — Jan. 26 — 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 for Green Bay, Wis., and Pittsburgh — the cities represented by the two participating NFL teams. Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for January — Profile America segments included fat chances in “Fad Diets” (Jan. 18) and socking it to you in “A New Kind of Comedy Show” (Jan. 22). 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