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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Nov. 18, 2011 TP11-23


2010 Census

The Older Population: 2010 — This 2010 Census brief provides a portrait of the population 65 and over in the United States, which grew at a faster rate than the total population between 2000 and 2010. The report looks at the population size, growth and distribution of the older population at the national level and at lower levels of geography — regions, states, counties, metropolitan/micropolitan areas and places. (Scheduled for release Nov. 30. An audio news conference/webinar is scheduled for Nov. 30 at 11 a.m.)

2010 Census Summary File 2 — Detailed demographic information from the 2010 Census for up to 331 detailed race and ethnic groups down to the census tract level will become available for states on a flow basis. These tables add a new layer of detail to the population and housing topics released earlier this year. The first group of states to be released will be announced in early December. (A pre-release technical webinar is planned for Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.)

American Community Survey

American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates: 2006-1010 — This survey is the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socio-economic statistics covering every community in the nation every year. Consisting of about 11 billion individual estimates and covering more than 670,000 distinct geographies, the estimates from collection years 2006 to 2010 give even the smallest communities timely information on more than 40 topics, such as educational attainment, income, occupation, commuting to work, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry and selected monthly homeowner costs. (Media embargo begins Dec. 6; public release Dec. 8. A pre-release webinar is planned for Dec. 6.)


Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates: 2010 — These tables provide estimates of income and poverty for states and counties, as well as estimates of poverty for school districts. The estimates provide annual updates for the administration of federal programs and the allocation of federal funds to local jurisdictions. The release includes an interactive map that allows users to easily access statistics for states and smaller geographic areas. (Scheduled for release Nov. 29.)

School Enrollment in the United States: 2010 — These national-level statistics describe 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 December.)

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 national-level report examines whether participation in the TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) program increased during the economic recession using data from 2006 and 2009. (Scheduled for release in November.)

Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2010 — Tables provide statistics on child care arrangements of preschoolers and grade-schoolers according to various demographic characteristics of the employed/nonemployed mother for spring 2010. Tables provide statistics on different types and characteristics of child care arrangements, such as relative care, organized care facilities and self-care. These tables are based on the Survey of Income and Program Participation. (Scheduled for release in November.)

Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2009 — National-level statistics from the Current Population Survey focus on the child support income that the nation's 13.7 million custodial parents reported receiving from noncustodial parents living elsewhere and other types of support, such as health insurance and noncash assistance. (Scheduled for release in November.)


State Government Finances: 2010 — Annual statistics show 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 in early December.)

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 an advance report on durable goods (manufacturers' shipment, inventories and orders), 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.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for December — Upcoming segments include going creamy or chunky in "Peanut Butter" (Nov. 29) and taking a shine to "Christmas Lights" (Dec. 11).

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 Nov. 4, 2011)

American Community Survey

Disability Characteristics of School Age Children: 2010 — Nov. 17 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Receipt in the Past 12 Months for Households by State: 2009 and 2010 — Nov. 17 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Child Poverty by Selected Race Groups and Hispanic Origin: 2009 and 2010 — Nov. 17 — 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. Internet address:>.

The Foreign-Born with Science and Engineering Degrees: 2010 — Nov. 17 — 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. Internet address:>.

The Newly Arrived Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 2010 — Nov. 17 — 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. Internet address:>.


90+ in the United States — Nov. 17 — Presents an overview of this age group and a comparative analysis of selected demographic and socio-economic characteristics between this age group and other older age groups. Statistics for the report, which go down to the state level, come primarily from the 2006-2008 American Community Survey 3-year estimates and 2008 1-year estimates. Internet address: <>.

Supplement to Education and Synthetic Work-life Earnings — Nov. 17 — In September, the Census Bureau released a study that examined the economic value of educational attainment by estimating the amount of money that people might earn over the course of a 40-year career given their level of education. In response to the high level of media interest in these findings, the Census Bureau released a series of supplemental tables. These tables include an estimate for the total population -- all people regardless of gender, race, and Hispanic origin. They show that a person with bachelor's degree working full time from ages 25 to 65 would have $1 million more in earnings than a similar person with high school diploma. Internet address: <>.
News release: <>.
Report: <>.

Migration Products — Nov. 15 — Four sets of statistics addressing migration and mobility were released; see news release and webinar slide presentation. This included 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 sets being released included 2010 American Community Survey state-to-state migration flow tables, showing number of migrants between each different pair of states; a 2010 American Community Survey brief on people who still live in their state of birth; and a report (Geographic Mobility: 2008 to 2009) that provides detailed cross tabulations of various mobility topics, such as reasons for moving by distance of intercounty move. Internet address: <>.
Spanish version: <>.

Maternity Leave and Employment Patterns of First-Time Mothers: 1961-2008 — Nov. 10 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Supplemental Poverty Measure Research — Nov. 7 — The Census Bureau, with assistance from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and in consultation with other appropriate agencies and outside experts, developed 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 will be used to assess eligibility for government programs and determine funding distribution. The supplemental poverty measure 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. Internet address: <>.


Census Bureau Opens Research Laboratory in Atlanta — Nov. 14 — The Census Bureau's Center for Economic Studies, in partnership with a consortium of institutions, has opened a research data center laboratory at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Research data centers are secure Census Bureau facilities where qualified researchers from academia, federal agencies and other institutions with approved projects conduct analyses using unpublished Census Bureau demographic and economic microdata files for statistical purposes. These secure facilities are staffed by Census Bureau employees and meet stringent physical and computer security requirements. The Atlanta facility joins several other similar centers around the country. Internet address: <>.

Census Bureau Cuts Waste and Promotes Efficient Spending — Nov. 10 — Census Bureau employee Roger Rhoads was present as President Obama signed the "Executive Order to Cut Waste and Promote Efficient Spending." Rhoads' team saved the Department of Commerce $1.8 million to date and will save a total of $3 million this year by disconnecting wireless lines showing no usage for three months or longer. Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for November — Profile America segments included busting the bugs in "First Antibiotic" (Nov. 4) and taking stock in "Dow Jones Hits 1,000" (Nov. 14). 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: August 28, 2014