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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

June 15, 2012 TP12-12


New Version of OnTheMap for Emergency Management Web Application — New features in the Census Bureau's OnTheMap application improve access to census workforce and demographic data for emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities. The application automatically incorporates real time data updates from the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center, Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (Scheduled for release June 18.)

Web Transformation

Census Application Programming Interface (API) — The Census Bureau is releasing its first ever API. This online service provides the building blocks for developers to design online and mobile apps, such as interactive maps, charts and databases, using a variety of Census Bureau statistics. The API provides statistics down to the neighborhood level (tracts and block groups) from the 2010 Census Summary File 1 and the 2006-2010 American Community Survey. With these two datasets available in the form of an API, database editors and other developers have easier access to a wide variety of timely, localized information, including population totals, age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, home ownership, education, income, employment, commuting and occupation. The API is currently undergoing beta testing and is scheduled for public release in late June/early July. More information about the API can be found at <>.


Net Worth and Asset Ownership of Households — Statistics on median net worth and the median value of assets (such as equity in own home and stocks) for households. The statistics, which pertain to 2005, 2009 and 2010, are shown by characteristics such as race and Hispanic origin, education, age and labor force activity of householders. The information comes from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. (Scheduled for release June 18.)

Support Providers: 2010 — Statistics from the Survey of Income and Program Participation about child support payments, including total amounts paid by men and women, average monthly and annual support payment amounts and types of support. (Scheduled for release June 19.)

Sharing a Household: Household Composition and Economic Well-Being: 2007-2010 — This report analyzes data on household composition and income for the U.S. from early 2010 and early 2007 from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey. The report also compares official poverty rates with personal and household poverty rates. (Scheduled for release June 20.)

International Data Base — The world’s inhabitants in 2012 are an older mix of people than a decade ago. Which major world region became the first to have the population age 65 and over outnumber those under age 15? The Census Bureau routinely updates its International Data Base, providing estimates and projections for 228 countries and areas around the world. This release updates information about the size, growth, fertility and net migration for 30 countries. (Scheduled for release June 27.)

Subcounty Population Estimates: July 1, 2011 — Internet tables showing population estimates and rankings of the nation’s incorporated places - cities, towns, townships, villages and boroughs - since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2011. (Scheduled for public release June 28; media embargo period beings June 26.)


Public Education Finances: 2010 — These tables are a source for revenues, expenditures, debt and assets (cash and security holdings) of elementary and secondary public school systems for the nation, state and school districts. Other tables include per-pupil spending and detailed spending on instruction, special education, school lunches, transportation and salaries. (Scheduled for release June 21.)

Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue: 1st Quarter — 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 in late June.)

Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: 1st Quarter 2012 — This quarterly survey (formerly known as the Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems 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 <>. (Scheduled for release June 28.)

County Business Patterns: 2010 — These statistics provide the only detailed annual information on the number of establishments, employees, and quarterly and annual payroll for most of the 1,100 industries covered at the national, state and county levels. (Scheduled for release in late June.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for June — Audio stations may use these daily 60-second recorded files that feature interesting vignettes about key events, observances or commemorations for each day of the month to highlight Census Bureau statistics. Audio stations can review and download particular days or the entire month from: <>.

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 June 1, 2012)

Web Transformation

Enhanced American Community Survey (ACS) Web PageThe Census Bureau has improved the ACS Web page to focus on key aspects and information about one of the most comprehensive demographic and socioeconomic surveys in the nation. New sections describe the ACS and its importance and provide tips on getting started using ACS statistics. There are also new quick links to American FactFinder for national and state-level information on topics including population change, commuting, income, education and race and ethnicity. Internet address: <>.


State-Level Maps and Graphs on Voting — June 5 — This menu-driven, interactive Web page permits users to access for any state a series of graphs showing percentages of adults who voted and registered in every congressional and presidential election between 1996 and 2010. In addition to graphs showing voting and registration trends over the period, users may choose a given election year and find separate graphs showing voting and registration by one of the following characteristics: age, sex, educational attainment, and race and Hispanic origin. Some analysis of the 2010 election is provided as well, as are thematic maps of states showing percent voting during each election. The statistics come from the Current Population Survey. Internet address: <>

State and County Housing Unit Estimates: July 1, 2011 — June 14 — Updated estimates of the nation’s housing stock at the national, state and county levels show growth or decline in units since the 2010 Census. Internet address: <>.


2012 Capital Spending Report: U.S. Capital Spending Patterns: 2001-2010 — June 12 — This report provides a historical look at the capital spending patterns for structures and equipment by U.S. businesses with and without employees at the national level and for businesses with employees at the industry sector level. Data for this report come from the Annual Capital Expenditures Survey. Internet address: <>.

Census Bureau Releases New Version of TIGERweb — June 12 — This new version of TIGERweb, a Web-based map viewer from the agency's Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing System (TIGER) database allows users to view and query census geographic areas and features such as roads, railroads, rivers, lakes and other larger bodies of water. It currently displays boundaries, names and codes for 2010 Census legal and statistical geographic areas, such as counties, cities, towns and townships, census tracts and urban areas. In addition, TIGERweb contains population and housing unit counts from the 2010 Census for each of the geographic areas.

To access TIGERweb, go to: <>.

In addition to the TIGERweb viewer, the TIGER data also is available as a Web service via the Open Geospatial Consortium Web Map Service standard. Users who have a client that supports the Web Map Service standard may access the TIGERweb service at <>.

Direct any comments and questions to <>.



Big Cities: Who’s Living Where: And/or Who’s Moving Out? on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal — June 14 — There were 33 cities with 500,000 or more people in 2010, nearly double the number (18) in 1950. Marc Perry, chief of the Population Distribution Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau, discussed contemporary population trends for the nation’s largest cities. Each Friday, C-SPAN’s “America By the Numbers” segment features information from the federal statistical system. The program highlights the trends and allows the public to call in or email their views. More information on previous C-SPAN programs is available at <>.

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