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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Dec. 16, 2011 TP11-25


Transition of American FactFinder — The legacy version of American FactFinder will no longer be available as of Jan. 20. Nearly all of the data from the older version has now been uploaded to the new American FactFinder website, including previous years of American Community Survey estimates and data from the Economic Census and other business surveys. When the older version of FactFinder is discontinued, any deep links or bookmarks in the system will no longer work. A how-to guide for Building Deep Links in the new American FactFinder is available online, along with tutorials on searching, bookmarking and using the other features of the new site.

2010 Census

2010 Census Summary File 2 — This file provides detailed demographic information from the 2010 Census for up to 331 detailed race and ethnic groups down to the census tract level, adding a new layer of detail to the population and housing topics previously released from the census. The statistics are being released on a state-by-state flow basis and will be offered on embargo. For more information on the release process, visit the Summary File 2 press kit. (Scheduled for release December through May.)


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 on December 21. Note: This release was originally scheduled for Dec. 20 but has been moved back a day.)

New Year's Day Population — The Census Bureau will ring in the year with its annual projection of the nation's population for Jan. 1, 2012. The release will include birth, death and net international migration rates. (Scheduled for release Dec. 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 January.)

Estimates of State Voting-Age Population: July 1, 2011 — Estimates of the number of people 18 and older in each state and Puerto Rico. The downloadable file will also include total population and the percentage of people 18 and older. These are the first estimates since 2010 Census tabulations were released. (Scheduled for release in January.)


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 quarterly financial report - retail trade, new residential construction and new residential sales. For the latest releases and schedule, go to <>.

Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems: 3rd Quarter 2011 — 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. 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. (Scheduled for release Dec. 28.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for December and January — Upcoming segments include the daily grind in “Coffee” (Dec. 28) and going the distance in “Fruitcake Toss” (Jan. 13).

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 Dec. 2, 2011)

American Community Survey

American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates: 2006-2010 — Dec. 8 — This survey is the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socioeconomic 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. Internet address: <>.

Areas with Concentrated Poverty: 2006-2010 — Dec. 8 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Native North American Languages Spoken at Home in the United States: 2006-2010 — Dec. 8 — 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. Internet address: <>.


Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2009 — Dec. 7 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2010 — Dec. 5 — 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. Internet address: <>.


State Government Finances: 2010 — Dec. 14 — 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. Internet address: <>.

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 December — Profile America segments included putting a stamp on the season with “Christmas Seals” (Dec. 4) and posting the results in “Holiday Mailing” (Dec. 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: July 15, 2014