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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Dec. 2, 2011 TP11-24


2010 Census

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: 2006-2010 — 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.)

Areas with Concentrated Poverty: 2006-2010 — This brief, based on five years of American Community Survey data collected between 2006 to 2010, examines the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of census tracts by categorizing the tracts into four categories based on their poverty rate levels. (Scheduled for release Dec. 8.)

Native North American Languages Spoken at Home in the United States: 2006-2010 — This brief, based on five years of American Community Survey data collected between 2006 to 2010, presents data on the frequency and percentage of the U.S. population aged 5 and over who spoke a Native North American language at home. (Scheduled for release Dec. 8.)


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 Dec. 5.)

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 Dec. 7.)

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.)

State Population Estimates: July 1, 2011 — The Census Bureau is releasing the first set of state population estimates since the official 2010 Census reapportionment counts were released in December 2010. Internet tables will show July 1, 2011, population estimates and components of change for the nation, states and Puerto Rico. (Scheduled for release in December.)


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 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 manufacturers' shipment, inventories and orders, quarterly service survey and U.S. international trade in goods and services. For the latest releases and schedule, go to <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for December — Upcoming segments include a poet who didn't know it in “Emily Dickinson”
(Dec. 10) and going postal in “Holiday Mailing” (Dec. 14).

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. 18, 2011)

2010 Census

The Older Population: 2010 — Nov. 30 — 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. Internet address: <>.


Comparing Program Participation of TANF and Non-TANF Families Before and During a Time of Recession — Dec. 1 — 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.
Internet address: <>.

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates: 2010 — Nov. 29 — 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. Internet address:

Special Tabulation Based on Supplemental Poverty Measure — Nov. 21 — In a follow-up to the release of the supplemental poverty measure report, the New York Times commissioned the Census Bureau to create a special tabulation based on the measure, and as a service to other users we posted this tabulation online. The statistics focus on the characteristics of the population just above the poverty line (100 to 150 percent of the poverty threshold). The supplemental poverty measure does not replace the official poverty measure but 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. Internet address:

Special supplemental poverty measure tabulation:

Supplemental poverty measure report:

Official poverty measure:

Profile America — Facts for Features

2011 Holiday Season — Dec. 2 — To commemorate this time of year, the Census Bureau is releasing a collection of facts and figures related to Christmas (Dec. 25), Hanukkah (Dec. 20) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1). Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for November — Profile America segments included Reaching out in “Touch-Tone Phones” (Nov. 19) and getting thorny in “Barbed Wire” (Nov. 30). 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