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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

March 9, 2012 TP12-05


American Community Survey

2005-2009 American Community Survey (ACS) County-to-County Migration Files — Tables showing how many people during the course of a year moved from one county to another. These are the first such numbers published since the 2000 Census. (Scheduled for release in late March.)

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 are offered on embargo. For more information on the release process, visit the Summary File 2 press kit. (Scheduled for release through May 2012.)

The Asian Population: 2010 — This 2010 Census brief provides a portrait of the Asian population in the United States and discusses its distribution at the national level and for regions, states, metropolitan statistical areas, counties and places. This brief also discusses the size and growth of detailed Asian groups, such as Asian Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese, etc. The brief contains tables and figures (including maps) that display regional, state, metropolitan, county and place level patterns. More information about the 2010 Census briefs, including previously released briefs, can be found online at <>. (Scheduled for release March 21.)


County, Puerto Rico Municipio, Metropolitan and Micropolitan Area Population Estimates: July 1, 2011 — Internet tables showing population estimates, rankings and components of change for the nation's counties, county equivalents, metro and micro areas since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2011. (Scheduled for release April 5.)

Net Worth and Asset Ownership of Households: 2005 and 2009 — Income and net worth are two important factors in determining economic well-being. This report looks at net worth and asset ownership by various socio-economic factors, including education level and age, and explores how various education levels fared relative to other levels over time. The data come from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. (Scheduled for release March 28.)


2011 4th Quarter Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue — 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. (Scheduled for release March 22.)

Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems: 4th 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. 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. (Scheduled for release March 29.)

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 monthly sales for retail and food services, manufacturing and trade inventories and sales and new residential construction. For the latest releases and schedule, go to <>.

Profile America — Facts for Features

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May) — We celebrate the contributions of Asian/Pacific Americans to our nation with a host of statistical information on this group. Statistics are included for Asians as well as Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders covering demographics and businesses. (Scheduled for release in March.)

Cinco de Mayo — “The Fifth of May,” a national holiday in Mexico, has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture. This edition presents a wide array of statistical information about the population of Mexican origin. (Scheduled for release March 19.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for March — Upcoming segments include tuning out problematic static in “FM Audio” (March 5) and popping the cork in “American Wines” (March 21).

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 Feb. 24, 2012)

Anniversary of Census Act of 1790 — March 1, 2012, was the 22nd anniversary of Congress passing the Census Act of 1790. President George Washington signed the law that authorized the collection of population data by U.S. marshals. Although the act included the specific inquiries marshals asked at each home they visited, they did not receive printed forms on which to record the data. Marshals used their own paper and designed their own forms — a practice followed until the U.S. government began supplying printed census schedules in 1830.

Census Day was on the first Monday in August 1790 and was conducted under the supervision of Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. Today, the law requires that the census be conducted on or about April 1 in years ending in “0”.

For more information about the 1790 Census, visit <>.


Household Income Inequality Within U.S. Counties: 2006-2010 — March 8 — This report presents measures of household income inequality for counties in the United States, pooled from five years (2006 to 2010) of American Community Survey data. For example, the statistics show that the more unequal counties were also more populous. Thirty-four percent of Americans lived in a county that ranked in the top 20 percent of U.S. counties by Gini index (the Gini index is a measure of income inequality). In every region, the counties in the most unequal fifth of U.S. counties accounted for a disproportionately large share of that region's population. For example, only 8 percent of Midwestern counties had Gini indexes ranking among the top fifth of U.S. counties, but they contained 26 percent of the region's population. Also, the South region had a disproportionately large number of counties with high income inequality, while counties in the Midwest had lower levels of income inequality. Specifically, 32 percent of the counties in the South had Gini indexes ranking among the top fifth of U.S. counties, while 31 percent of Midwest counties ranked among the bottom fifth of U.S. counties. Internet address: <>.

2011 Housing Vacancy Survey Annual Statistics — Feb. 29 — These statistics provide vacancy rates, homeownership rates and characteristics of units available for occupancy for the U.S., regions, states and the 75 largest metropolitan areas. The state and metropolitan statistics are available annually, while national and regional statistics are available quarterly. Homeownership rates are also tabulated by age of householder and by family status for the U.S. and regions. Estimates of the total housing inventory and percent distributions of vacant for-rent and for-sale-only units are available for the U.S. and regions. This information is used by public and private sector organizations to evaluate the need for new housing programs and initiatives, and the rental vacancy rate is used by the government and economic forecasters to gauge the economic climate. Internet address: <>.

Profile America — Facts for Features

Older Americans Month (May) — March 1 — To celebrate the contributions of our nation's approximately 40 million 65-and-older residents, data are presented on their demographic characteristics, such as their levels of income and education, living arrangements and labor force status. Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for February — Profile America segments included thrilling to the chilling in “Winter Surfing” (Feb. 18) and taking the checkered flag in “Daytona 500” (Feb. 26). 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