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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

June 29, 2012 TP12-13


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 July. More information about the API can be found at <>.


Computer and Internet Use at Home: 2010 — These tables provide information about computer and Internet use from the Current Population Survey (CPS) School Enrollment and Internet Use Supplement. The tables display national and state level data and examine householder and individual characteristics by school enrollment, age, race, sex and Hispanic origin. Additional tables use data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to examine how and why people connect to the Internet. The CPS has been collecting data on computers and Internet use periodically since 1984. SIPP data on this subject have been collected since 1998. (Scheduled for release in mid-July.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for July — 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 15, 2012)

New Version of OnTheMap for Emergency Management Web Application — June 18 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Web Transformation

Census Bureau's QuickFacts Updated — June 27 — The Census Bureau has updated the QuickFacts profiles on the home page. The profiles are updated with 2011 state and county population estimates, 2011 building permits and 2010 federal spending statistics. To view the updates, visit <>.


Subcounty Population Estimates: July 1, 2011 — June 28 — 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. Internet address: <>.

International Data Base — June 27 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Sharing a Household: Household Composition and Economic Well-Being: 2007-2010 — June 20 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Support Providers: 2010 — June 19 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Net Worth and Asset Ownership of Households — June 18 — 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. Internet address: <>.


2007 Enterprise Statistics — June 28 — New statistics showing the industrial specialization and diversification of U.S. businesses are now available from the Census Bureau's Enterprise Statistics Program. In developing a complete series of reports to be published with the 2012 Economic Census results, Census Bureau researchers have created an Enterprise Classification System and prototype tables based on the 2007 Business Register. The statistics provide a new perspective for the analysis of enterprises, businesses and their establishments under common ownership or control.

The 2007 tables and more information about the Enterprise Statistics Program are available at <>.

Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: 1st Quarter 2012 — June 28 — 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 <>.

Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue: 1st Quarter — June 26 — 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. Internet address: <>.

County Business Patterns: 2010 — June 26 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Public Education Finances: 2010 — June 21 — 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. Internet address: <>.



Big Cities: Who’s Hispanic in America? Live on C-SPAN’s "Washington Journal" "America By the Numbers" Segment — June 22 — The U.S. Hispanic population grew more than 450 percent between 1970 and 2011. Roberto Ramirez, chief of the Ethnicity and Ancestry Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau, discussed statistics about the Hispanic population. 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