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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

July 13, 2012 TP12-14


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 <>.

How Do We Know?

Infographic on U.S. Veteran Population, Second in “How Do We Know?” Series — This month as we celebrate our nation's Independence, we reflect on the original veterans who helped found this country. How do we know about today's heroes? A new infographic will provide a statistical snapshot of our veterans from the American Community Survey (conducted annually) and the Survey of Business Owners (from the five-year economic census). (Scheduled for release July 16.)

2010 Census

Summary Population and Housing Characteristics Reports (CPH-1) — This report series contains tables on age, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino origin, households, families, housing tenure and occupancy, population density, and area measurements. The lowest level of geography is the place level. There is a report produced for each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the United States. The reports are being released on a state-by-state basis. Reports have been released for several states so far and can be found at <>.

Population and Housing Unit Counts Reports (CPH-2) — This report series contains tables providing population and housing unit counts from the 2010 Census and selected historical censuses. Some tables also include area measurements and density. The lowest level of geography is the place level. There is a report produced for each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the United States. The reports are being released on a state-by-state basis. Reports have been released for several states so far and 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 July 16.)

New Interactive HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base Online — This compilation of data from 225 countries on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths was developed 25 years ago by the Census Bureau and moves to the Census Bureau's website for the first time thanks to a new interactive data access tool. (Tentatively scheduled for release July 23.)

Americans with Disabilities: 2010 — This comprehensive report provides a look at the prevalence of a wide range of specific disabilities, the degree of severity, and the well-being of the population with a disability of some type. Included is information on the need for personal assistance with everyday activities. It is the first such report with analysis since the Census Bureau published statistics in a similar report about the 2005 population of people with disabilities. The statistics come from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. (Scheduled for release July 25.)

Profile America — Facts for Features

Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act — To commemorate the July 26, 1990, signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, the Census Bureau presents a wide array of statistical information about people with disabilities. (Scheduled for release July 25.)

Labor Day (Sept. 6) — Labor Day is the yearly national tribute to the workers who have contributed to the well-being of our country. First observed in 1882, this federal holiday for many marks the end of summer. In observance of this holiday, this fact sheet includes an array of demographic statistics about our nation's workforce. (Scheduled for release in July.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for July and August — Upcoming segments include a side of fries in “National Drive-Thru Day” (July 24) and trumpeting the career of “Louis Armstrong” (Aug. 4).

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 29, 2012)


Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Participation in Government Programs, 2004 to 2007 and 2009 — Who Gets Assistance? — July 10 — Almost 45 million people, or 18.6 percent of the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population, participated in one or more major means-tested assistance programs each month in 2009. These statistics come from a new report that examines the participation and characteristics of people who received benefits from any of the major means-tested assistance programs including: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, General Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Food Stamp, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and Housing Assistance. The statistics come from the 2004 and 2008 Panels of the Survey of Income and Program Participation and cover calendar years 2004 through 2007 and 2009. Internet address: <>.

How Do We Know?

Census Bureau Launches “How Do We Know?” Historical Infographic in Honor of Independence Day — July 2 — As we celebrate this Independence Day, we reflect on how our Founding Fathers enshrined the importance of statistics in our Constitution as a vital tool for measuring our people, places and economy. Since 1790, the U.S. census has been much more than a simple head count; it has charted the growth and composition of our nation. The questions have evolved over time to address our changing needs. Today, the decennial census, the economic census and the American Community Survey give Congress and community leaders the information they need to make informed decisions that shape our democracy. These statistics are how we know how our country is doing.

This summer, the Census Bureau will provide more infographics and interactive features that will answer the question "How Do We Know?" Visit <> to view the infographic and to learn more about "How Do We Know?" Follow @uscensusbureau on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest (#HowDoWeKnow) for updates.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for July — Profile America segments include the shoe's on the other hoof in “Farriers Week” (July 7) and making a splash in “First Swimming School” (July 11). Internet address: <>.


Who's Black in America? Live on C-SPAN's “Washington Journal” “America By the Numbers” Segment — July 6 — The size of the U.S. black population was 44 million as of July 1, 2011. On Friday, July 6, Nicholas Jones, chief of the Racial Statistics Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau, discussed statistics about the black 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