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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

April 6, 2012 TP12-07



1940 Census Individual Records Twitter Chat — Join Census Bureau history staff on Monday, April 9, at 1:30 p.m. EDT for a tweet chat about the release of individual 1940 Census records. One week after the release of the records, this chat will give genealogy enthusiasts the opportunity to dive deeper into the information they uncovered in the 1940 Census and ask our history experts questions about the codes used on the form, why the questions were asked, the enumeration process and other related 1940 Census topics. Tweet questions to @uscensusbureau using #1940Census.

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.)

Households and Families: 2010 — This 2010 Census brief provides a portrait of the nation's households and families. The brief discusses interracial couples, multigenerational households, household composition by race and other findings on household relationships from the 2010 Census. The brief contains tables and maps that display state and county level patterns. A set of supplemental tables showing interracial married and unmarried couple households will be released along with the brief. More information about the 2010 Census briefs, including previously released briefs, can be found in the online press kit. (Scheduled for release in late April.)


Historical Migration of the Young, Single, and College Educated: 1965 to 2000 — Analyzes the growth of this group and compares their migration destinations with those of other segments of this age group and with the general population. Specifically examines decennial census results from 1970 to 2000 to determine how likely this group was to have changed residences in the five years preceding each census. (Scheduled for release in early April.)

State-Level Maps and Graphs on Voting — This is a menu-driven, interactive Web page with graphs showing percentages of adults by states who voted and registered in congressional and presidential elections between 1996 and 2010. In addition to voting and registration trends, there are graphs showing voting and registration by age, sex, educational attainment, and race and Hispanic origin. Some analysis is provided as well, as are thematic maps of states showing percent voting during each election. The statistics come from the Current Population Survey. (Scheduled for release April 16.)


State Government Tax Collections: 2011 — This survey provides an annual summary of taxes collected by state for up to 25 categories, such as property tax, sales and gross receipts taxes, license taxes, income taxes and others. Data also provide details on tax collections by type of tax imposed and collected by state governments. (Scheduled for release April 12.)

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 monthly wholesale trade: sales and inventories, U.S. international trade in goods and services and advance monthly sales for retail and food services. For the latest releases and schedule, go to <>.

Profile America — Facts for Features

Father's Day — The Census Bureau honors “dear old dad” with a collection of statistical information from its demographic and economic subject areas pertaining to Father's Day, from stay-at-home dads to time spent with their children. (Scheduled for release in April.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for April and May — Upcoming segments include putting it on the line in “Hanging Out to Dry” (April 19) and the fashion of height in “First Skyscraper” (May 1).

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 March 23, 2012)

1940 Census Records Release — March 23 — Census Bureau Director Robert Groves and National Archivist David Ferriero led a news conference at the National Archives in Washington that announced the release of 1940 Census records to the public. Strict confidentiality laws ensure that census records are only unsealed after 72 years have passed, so genealogists, historians and researchers have waited with great eagerness for this release. Press Kit: <>.

American Community Survey

2005-2009 American Community Survey County-to-County Migration Files — March 28 — 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. Internet address: <>.

2010 Census

2010 Census Urban and Rural Areas — March 26 — The Census Bureau released a list of the areas considered "urban" based on the 2010 Census results. The new list reveals how the nation's urban and rural populations have changed since 2000. Urban areas represent densely developed territory and encompass residential, commercial and other nonresidential urban land uses. Rural encompasses all population, housing and territory not included within an urban area. The release included geographic files for mapping urban area boundaries.
Internet address: <>.


County, Puerto Rico Municipio, Metropolitan and Micropolitan Area Population Estimates: July 1, 2011 — March 29 — 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. For more information, please visit <>.

Information and Communication Technology Survey — March 29 — These statistics, based on the 2007 North American Industry Classification System, estimate capitalized and noncapitalized spending in 2010 for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and computer software at the sector level, as well as for three-digit and selected four-digit industries. Rapid advances in ICT equipment result in these assets having short useful lives and being replaced at a much faster rate than other types of equipment. As a result, rather than capitalizing the value of such assets and expensing the cost over two or more years, companies often expense the full cost of such assets during the current annual period. In some cases this same-period expense is also because companies have varying dollar levels for capitalization. Hence, the survey gives users a more complete idea of U.S. companies' total investment in ICT equipment. The statistics are used to assess future productivity and economic growth prospects and permit the reconciliation of important differences between reported production and consumption of technology. Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for March and April — Profile America segments included shelter from the storm in “Umbrella Month” (March 26) and a product that panned out in “Teflon” (April 3). 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