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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Oct. 7, 2011 TP11-20


Improved Email Delivery — The Census Bureau's Public Information Office is using a new system for communicating with media through email. If you are currently on our media email list, you will see no change in service; you need not take any action. However, this new system does allow you to choose what type of information you receive from us. It also will allow you to receive wireless alerts. Please follow this link for more information and to manage your preferences: <>. If you have any questions, please call 301-763-3030.

2010 Census

Summary File 1 National Update — New geographic levels, including the U.S., regions, divisions and other areas that cross state boundaries, will be released for the 2010 Census Summary File 1. State and lower-level geographies were released during June through August. Summary File 1 provides a number of detailed tables on age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, housing units, detailed race and Hispanic or Latino origin groups, and on the population in group quarters. More information on Summary File 1 can be found online at <>. (Scheduled for release in October.)

American Community Survey

2010 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates — The U.S. Census Bureau will release findings from the 2008-2010 American Community Survey, the most relied-on source for up-to-date socioeconomic information every year. The release covers more than 40 topics, such as educational attainment, income, health insurance coverage, occupation, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry and selected monthly homeowner costs. The estimates are available in detailed tables for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metropolitan area, and all counties and places with populations of 20,000 or more. (Estimates will be embargoed Oct. 25 for release Oct. 27.)


Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE): 2008 and 2009 — A series of model-based estimates of health insurance coverage for all of the nation's states and counties. These estimates are produced by combining American Community Survey data with population estimates, administrative records and 2000 Census statistics. These estimates are available by sex, age groups, race and Hispanic origin (for states only) and income-to-poverty ratios relevant to Medicaid eligibility and the new health care reform legislation. (Scheduled for release in October.)

Maternity Leave and Employment Patterns of First-Time Mothers: 1961-2008 — Using statistics from the Survey of Income and Program Participation, this report analyzes trends in women's work experience before their first child, identifies their maternity leave arrangements before and after the birth and examines how rapidly they returned to work. We expect to issue this release on an embargo basis. (Scheduled for release in October.)

School Enrollment in the United States: 2010 — National-level statistics describing a wide variety of student characteristics 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. The statistics are produced from the October School Enrollment Supplement to the Current Population Survey; historical tables are provided. (Scheduled for release in October.)

Supplemental Poverty Measure — The Census Bureau, with assistance from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and in consultation with other appropriate agencies and outside experts, introduces a new measure of poverty to complement the official measure, which has been in use since the 1960s. The official measure will continue to be produced every year and be used to assess eligibility for government programs and determine funding distribution. The supplemental poverty measure, on the other hand, is intended to better reflect contemporary social and economic realities and government policy effects and thus provide a further understanding of economic conditions and trends. This report presents estimates of the prevalence of poverty at the national level — overall and for selected demographic groups — for both the official and supplemental measures. (Scheduled for release in October.)


2009 State and Local Public Employee Retirement Systems Survey — These tables provide revenues, expenditures, financial assets and membership information for public employee retirement systems. Statistics are shown for individual retirement systems at the national, state and local government level. This survey provides current statistics about investment decisions by state and local government retirement systems, which are among the largest types of institutional investors in U.S. financial markets. (Scheduled for release in October.)

2009 Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances — These data sets include information on revenues, expenditures, debt and cash and security holdings for state and local governments. (Scheduled for release October.)

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 include U.S. international trade in goods and services, advance monthly sales for retail and food services, and manufacturing and trade inventories and sales. For the latest releases and schedule, go to <>

Profile America — Facts for Features

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month — In November, we celebrate the culture and contributions of the more than 5 million American Indians and Alaska Natives that live in the United States. The Census Bureau recognizes this month with a collection of demographic and economic data for the American Indian and Alaska Native population. (Scheduled for release in October.)

Veterans Day: Nov. 11 —In honor of our nation's veterans and this federal holiday, the Census Bureau is releasing a wide array of statistics focusing on the veterans in the country. (Scheduled for release in October.)

Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 24 — This release highlights a range of statistics pertaining to the traditional meal served on this national day of Thanksgiving. (Scheduled for release in October.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for October and November — Upcoming segments include include heals on wheels in “Mobile Heart Care” (Oct. 18) and balking the bacteria in “1st Antibiotic” (Nov. 4).

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

(Released since Sept. 23, 2011)

REVISED: New Economic Indicator Database Search Available from Census Bureau
Editor's Note: On Sept. 26, 2011, we released a tip sheet notice highlighting the Census Bureau's online tool for searching economic indicators. The tool currently searches on 12 indicators but will be updated to allow searches on a 13th indicator (housing vacancies and homeownership). Below is the language of the notice revised to reflect this update. Statistics from 12 of the Census Bureau's 13 economic indicators are now easy to access and easier to use with the new economic indicator database search. Current plans are under way to add the 13th indicator (the quarterly report on housing vacancies and homeownership) to this user-friendly Internet tool. It provides an easy way to create statistical tables in ASCII text or time series charts in spreadsheet format. Users can select an indicator and choose statistics by item, time period and other dimensions using drop-down menus at <>.

Spanish-Language Version of American FactFinder — Sept. 27 — The local-level 2010 Census information for legislative redistricting released in March for Puerto Rico are now available in a Spanish-language version of the new American FactFinder. The statistics include the same topics covered in the previous release of the 2010 Census Redistricting Data Summary File: race, Hispanic origin, the voting age (18 years and over) population and housing units for various levels of geographies. Internet address: <>.
Spanish version: <>.

Census 2010

Housing Characteristics: 2010 — Oct. 6 — This 2010 Census brief highlights housing characteristics in the United States in 2010 as well as changes between 2000 and 2010. It provides a look at housing inventory, areas with the most owners and renters and distribution and types of vacant housing units. These characteristics are provided for the nation, regions, states, metropolitan areas, counties and most populous cities. Internet address: <>.

The White Population: 2010 — Sept. 29 — This 2010 Census brief provides a portrait of the white population in the United States and discusses distribution from the national level down to counties, metropolitan statistical areas and places. The report discusses the size and growth of the white population and analyzes patterns by Hispanic origin. The brief contains tables and figures (including maps) that display regional, state and county patterns. Internet address: <>.

The Black Population: 2010 — Sept. 29 — This 2010 Census brief provides a portrait of the black population in the United States and discusses distribution from the national level down to counties, metropolitan statistical areas and places. The report discusses the size and growth of the black population and analyzes patterns by Hispanic origin. The brief contains tables and figures (including maps) that display regional, state and county patterns. Internet address: <>.

Note: More information about 2010 Census briefs, can be found at <>.

Statistics on Same-Sex Couples — Sept. 27 — New information on same-sex couples from the 2010 Census has been released, including the number of married couples and a set of alternative estimates of same-sex spouses and unmarried partners at the national and state levels. These estimates were developed to account for data capture errors that make it difficult to measure same-sex couple households. Estimates from the 2010 American Community Survey, along with a brief analyzing the estimates, were released simultaneously.
Internet address: <>.


Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 2010 — Oct. 7 — This table series provides a range of social and economic characteristics for the foreign-born population and their children and is the only federal source of data on the “second generation” and “third generation” populations. These data were collected from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey. Internet address: <>. (Spanish version)

Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012 — Sept. 28 — This factbook contains more than 1,400 tables of social, political and economic facts about our nation and the world. Among the broad topics covered are marriage and divorce, health, education, law enforcement, national security, social insurance, business, science and technology, agriculture, natural resources, energy, information and communications, banking and international statistics. The source of the data is not limited to the Census Bureau — statistics are also derived from other federal agencies and private sources. Data in this edition are generally for the most recent year or period available by spring 2011. Internet address: <>.

Intercensal Population Estimates: 2000 - 2010 — Sept. 28 — A series of annual estimates covering the 2000-2010 period, produced by modifying the estimates prepared previously for this period to reflect 2010 Census results. Reference date is July 1 for each year, plus a set of estimates with an April 1 date for 2000 and 2010. Estimates are provided for the U.S., states and counties by demographic characteristics (age, sex, race and Hispanic origin).

Having a consistent time series of population estimates that reflect (or benchmark to) 2000 Census and 2010 Census counts is important for any study of the population over time. The intercensal estimates can be used, for example, to track trends in population changes or as denominators for calculating birth and death rates and other population characteristics. The intercensal population estimates are also used as survey controls for the American Community Survey. Internet address: <>.

Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2010 — Sept. 28 — These statistics compare voting and registration patterns by demographic, social and economic characteristics. Internet address: <>.


Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems: 2nd Quarter 2011 — Sept. 29 — This quarterly survey provides national summary statistics 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 statistics 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 statistical tables are published three months after each calendar quarter and show national financial transactions and trends for the past five years. Internet address: <>.

Consolidated Federal Funds Report: 2010 and Federal Aid to States for Fiscal Year 2010 — Sept. 27 — These two reports provide an overview of virtually all federal spending at the national, state and county levels. The Consolidated Federal Funds Report shows spending for procurement contracts, salaries and wages, direct payments and loans, grants and insurance. The Federal Aid to States report show federal grants to state and local government. Internet address: <>.

2011 2nd Quarter Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue — Sept. 27 — This summary shows quarterly tax revenue statistics on property, sales, license, income and other taxes. Statistics are shown for individual state governments as well as national estimates of total state and local taxes, including 12-month calculations. This quarterly survey has been conducted continuously since 1962. Internet address: <>.


Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for September and October — Profile America segments included making a clean sweep in “Chimney Safety”(Sept. 25) and when the cows come home in “World Dairy Expo” (Oct. 6). 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