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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Oct. 21, 2011 TP11-21


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 Oct. 27.)

American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States: 2010 — This wall map shows the American Indian and Alaska Native areas reported or delineated for the 2010 Census. The map also contains related graphics that reflect 2010 Census statistics. The printed map is 48-by-36 inches with a map of the U.S. on the front and an enlargement for Alaska on the reverse side. Internet address: <>. (Scheduled for release in late October.)

Congressional Apportionment — This 2010 Census brief examines trends in con¬gressional apportionment and discusses the apportionment population — what it is, who is included and what method is used to calculate it. The apportionment counts were among the first statistics released from the 2010 Census last year. The report discusses the shifts in congressional seats among states and how the shifts reflect regional population trends. The brief provides tables, a chart and a map illustrating the changes over time. (Scheduled for release Nov 2.)

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.)

Disability Characteristics of School Age Children: 2010 — This brief, based on 2010 American Community Survey estimates, examines disability type, school enrollment and geographic distribution for school age children in the United States. The brief compares disability rates of children among states and metropolitan vs. nonmetropolitan areas. (Tentatively scheduled for release Nov. 17.)

Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Receipt in the Past 12 Months for Households by State: 2009 and 2010 — This brief, based on the 2009 and 2010 American Community Survey estimates, examines changes at the state level in receipt of food stamps/SNAP between 2009 and 2010. (Tentatively scheduled for release Nov. 17.)

Child Poverty by Selected Race Groups and Hispanic Origin: 2009 and 2010 — This brief, based on the 2009 and 2010 American Community Survey, compares national- and state-level child poverty rates for all children and for children by race group and Hispanic origin for each state and the District of Columbia. (Tentatively scheduled for release Nov. 17.)

The Foreign-Born with Science and Engineering Degrees: 2010 — This brief, based on 2010 American Community Survey estimates, examines patterns of science and engineering educational attainment among the foreign-born population, with attainment of specific science and engineering degree types by place of birth and sex, as well as metropolitan statistical area. It also compares attainment of such degrees by the foreign-born and native-born populations. (Tentatively scheduled for release Nov. 17.)

The Newly Arrived Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 2010 — This brief, based on the 2010 American Community Survey, examines differences in the characteristics of the newly arrived foreign-born based on whether they arrived before 2005, from 2005 to 2007, or 2008 and later. The brief notes trends in population size, world region / country of birth and geographic distribution in the United States. (Tentatively scheduled for release Nov. 17.)


USA Counties — Demographic, economic and governmental data from the Census Bureau and other federal agencies, presented for the purpose of multicounty comparisons or single county profiles. National- and state-level data are presented as well. The statistical files cover topics such as agriculture, crime, education, health, retail trade and vital statistics. New in this update are additional statistics from the 2010 Census, the 2007 Survey of Business Owners, County Business Patterns and Nonemployer Statistics. Internet address: <>. (Scheduled for release Oct. 26.)

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 November.)

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 November.)

Supplemental Poverty Measure Research — 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 Nov. 7. A pre-release technical webinar is scheduled for Nov. 4. A release event at Brookings Institute is scheduled for Nov. 7.)

90+ in the United States — Presents an overview of this age group and a comparative analysis of selected demographic and socioeconomic characteristics between this age group and other older age groups. Data for the report, which go down to the state level, come primarily from the 2006-2008 American Community Survey (ACS) 3-year estimates and 2008 ACS 1-year estimates. (Scheduled for release in November.)

Migration Products — A quartet of data sets addressing migration and mobility, including Geographical Mobility: 2011, a collection of national-level tables from the Current Population Survey that describe the movement of people in the Unites States, including why they moved, types of moves, distance moved and characteristics of those who moved in the year prior to the survey. The other data sets being released include 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) state-to-state migration flow tables, showing number of migrants between each different pair of states, a 2010 ACS Census Brief on people who still live in their state of birth, and a report (Geographic Mobility: 2008 to 2009) which provides detailed cross tabulations of various mobility topics, such as reasons for moving by distance of intercounty move. (Scheduled for release at a webinar in mid-November.)

Comparing Program Participation of TANF and Non-TANF Families Before and During a Time of Recession — Based on the Survey of Income and Program Participation, this report examines whether participation in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program increased and whether employment decreased as a result of the economic recession using data from 2006 and 2009. National data only. (Scheduled for release in November.)


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 November.)

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 advance report on durable goods manufacturers' shipment, inventories, and orders and new residential sales and construction spending. For the latest releases and schedule, go to <>

Profile America — Facts for Features

2011 Holiday Season — To commemorate this time of year, the Census Bureau is releasing a collection of facts and figures related to Christmas (Dec. 25), Hanukkah (Dec. 1) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1). (Scheduled for release in November.)

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 November.)

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 November.)

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 November.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for October and November — Upcoming segments include tending to the pearly whites in “Taking Care of Your Teeth” (Oct. 29) and pressing your buttons in “Touch Tone Phones” (Nov. 18).

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 Oct. 7, 2011)

Updated QuickFacts Tables Available from Census Bureau — Oct. 20 — Summary profiles for geographic areas have been updated with the most recent information from frequently requested statistics from various Census Bureau programs including the 2010 Census, 2010 American Community Survey and 2007 Survey of Business Owners. These easy to access and easy to use tables are now available for the nation, state and counties and have expanded from places with populations of 25,000 or more to places with 5,000 or more. Tables also provide links to more detailed data sets. Internet address: <>.

Census Bureau Associate Director Elected to Prestigious Institute of Medicine — Oct. 19 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that Associate Director for Research and Methodology and Chief Scientist Roderick Little has been elected as a new member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies for his contributions to the advancement of medical sciences, health care and public health. Internet address: <>.

American Community Survey

Poverty: 2009-2010 — Oct. 20 — This brief, based on the 2009 and 2010 American Community Survey results, compares poverty rates for the nation, states and large metropolitan statistical areas. The report also summarizes the distributions of income-to-poverty ratios for states and the District of Columbia. Internet address: <>.

Public Assistance Receipt in the Past 12 Months for Households: 2009 and 2010 — Oct. 20 — This brief, based on the 2009 and 2010 American Community Survey results, notes geographic differences in the distribution of public assistance as well as change between 2009 and 2010. Internet address: <>.


Small Area Health Insurance Estimates: 2008 and 2009 — Oct. 13 — 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. Internet address: <>.


2009 State and Local Public Employee Retirement Systems Survey — Oct. 13 — 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. Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for October — Profile America segments included making a clean sweep in “First Wind Turbine” (Oct. 19) and mailing it in with “Postcards” (Oct. 25). 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