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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 TP12-20


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 nation. 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 <>.

American Community Survey

American Community Survey Brief: Field of Degree and Earnings by Selected Employment Characteristics: 2011 — Provides information about the relationship among the major of bachelor's degrees, earnings, and the likelihood of full-time employment. (Scheduled for release Oct. 10.)

American Community Survey Brief: Work-Life Earnings by Field of Degree and Occupation for People With a Bachelor's Degree: 2011 — Explores the relationship between how far one goes in school and how much money one might make over the course of a career. It goes into further detail for people whose highest degree is a bachelor's by investigating how college major and occupation impact these work-life earnings. (Scheduled for release Oct. 10.)

American Community Survey Brief: The Foreign-Born From Asia: 2011 — This brief discuss statistics about the foreign-born from Asia in the United States including the size, place of birth, citizenship status, educational attainment and geographic distribution. (Scheduled for release Oct. 16.)

American Community Survey Brief: Poverty and Shared Households by State: 2011 — Explores the growth in shared households at the state level between 2007 and 2011. (These are households that contain an “additional adult” — a resident 18 and older who is neither the householder, the householder's spouse, nor the householder's cohabiting partner.) The brief also explores whether or not household sharing is influenced by economic circumstances by comparing three different poverty estimates. (Scheduled for release in mid-October.)

American Community Survey Brief: Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Receipt in the Past 12 Months for Households by State: 2010 and 2011 — Presents information on the number and percent of households receiving such benefits during the past 12 months as of the 2011 and 2010 American Community Survey for the nation and states. (Scheduled for release in mid-October.)

American Community Survey Brief: Public Assistance Receipt in the Past 12 Months for Households: 2010 and 2011 — Presents statistics for the nation and states on the number and percent of households who received such benefits during the past 12 months as of the 2011 and 2010 American Community Survey. (Scheduled for release in mid-October.)

2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates — The U.S. Census Bureau will release findings from the 2009-2011 American Community Survey. The survey is the only source of annual, local estimates for a wide range of important social and economic characteristics for all communities in the country. The estimates are available in detailed tables for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metropolitan area and all counties and places with populations of 20,000 or more. (News release embargoed Oct. 23 for public release Oct. 25.)

American Community Survey Brief: Multigenerational Households: 2009-2011 — Provides information by state on three types of multigenerational households, by race or Hispanic origin of the householder and examines multigenerational households as a percentage of family households by county. (News release embargoed Oct. 23 for public release Oct. 25.)

American Community Survey Brief: Marital Events for Selected Group Quarter Population: 2009-2011 — This brief looks at marriage, divorce and widowhood in the past 12 months in selected group quarters populations such as military quarters, adult correctional facilities and nursing facilities. (News release embargoed Oct. 23 for public release Oct. 25.)


School Enrollment in the United States: 2011 — Annual, national-level statistics on the characteristics of students, from nursery to graduate school. The tables provide information by age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, family income, type of college, employment status, nativity, foreign-born parentage, attendance status (full or part time), control of school (public or private), and vocational course enrollment. Included, for the first time, is a series of charts illustrating trends in enrollment from 1947 to present. The statistics are produced from the October School Enrollment Supplement to the Current Population Survey. (Scheduled for release Oct. 9.)

Infographic: Educational Path of our Nation — Takes a look at a plethora of educational trends, answering the question “How do we know about our nation's educational path?” This new infographic provides a “then and now” comparison between 1970 and 2010 of enrollment data from the Current Population Survey and American Community Survey, information on the outcomes of education (such as earnings by attainment level) and public school system spending statistics, from the annual Public Education Finances data set. (Scheduled for release in mid-October.)

Infographic: Pathways After A Bachelor's Degree — This new infographic examines more than a dozen different bachelor's degree majors and for each one, looks at the estimated work-life earnings at each level of education from a bachelor's forward, as well as work-life earnings among selected occupations for both those who hold a bachelor's only, and those who continue on to an advanced degree. (Scheduled for release Oct. 10.)

Profile America — Facts for Features

Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 22 — This release highlights a range of statistics pertaining to the traditional meal served on this national day of Thanksgiving. (Scheduled for release Oct. 18.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for October — Upcoming segments include paving the way in “America's First Superhighway” (Oct. 9), and brushing up on “Dental Hygiene” (Oct. 28).

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 Sept. 21, 2012)

GIS Hallof Fame Inducts Census Bureau — Oct. 4 — The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) inducted the U.S. Census Bureau into the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Oct. 3 in Portland, Ore. The Census Bureau was chosen because of its substantial contributions to the GIS community and profession. The URISA Board of Directors and the GIS Hall of Fame Nomination Committee unanimously approved its inauguration into the hall of fame. For more information about the Census Bureau's geographic innovations, view this online video. Internet address: <>.

U.S. Census Return Rate Challenge: $25,000 in prize money for predicting 2010 Census block group level mail return rates — Sept. 27 — The Census Bureau announced a prize competition under Section 105 of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2011, Public Law 111-358 (2011) to create a statistical model to predict the 2010 Census mail return rate of small area geographic units based on their demographic characteristics. The Census Bureau will use this model for planning purposes for the decennial census and for demographic sample surveys. The model-based estimates of predicted mail return will be publicly released in a later version of the Census Planning Database containing updated demographic data.

Participants are encouraged to develop and evaluate different statistical models and propose the best predictive model for geographic units. The intent is to improve our current predictive analytics. Internet address: <>.

2010 Census

Patterns of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Population Change: 2000 to 2010 — Sept. 27 — Uses results from the 2010 Census to examine geographic patterns (and changes since the 2000 Census) for population distribution and density, race, Hispanic origin and age and sex structure, comparing metropolitan and micropolitan areas collectively and individually. In portions of the report, census tract data are examined to provide neighborhood-level perspective on demographic patterns within individual metro areas. Internet address: <>.

Summary File 1 Urban/Rural Update File — Sept. 27 — Adds urban and rural population and housing unit counts to the 2010 Census Summary File 1 released in 2011. The update provides detailed tables on age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, housing units, detailed race and Hispanic origin groups and group quarters population for each of the nation's urbanized areas and urban clusters, and for the urban and rural portions of the United States, states, counties and places. Internet address: <>.

The Emergency and Transitional Shelter Population: 2010 — Sept. 27 — This special report presents population information for people counted in the 2010 Census at emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness. The report includes a list of tables and figures by demographic characteristics and geographic distribution. Internet address: <>.

2010 Census Brief: Two or More Races Population: 2010 — Sept. 27 — This 2010 Census brief provides the first analytical comparisons of the multiple-race population in the United States between 2000 and 2010. The brief presents changes by specific race combination groups and includes analyses at the national level, as well as lower levels of geography. Internet address: <>.


Home-Based Workers in the United States: 2010 — Oct. 4 — Based on the Survey of Income and Program Participation and the American Community Survey, this report examines recent historical trends in the number of people who work from home as well as socio-demographic and economic characteristics and metropolitan variation in home-based work. Internet address: <>.

Health Status, Health Insurance, and Medical Services Utilization: 2010 — Oct. 1 — A periodic report that examines the relationship between the use of medical services (such as visits to doctors and nights spent in the hospital), health status, health insurance coverage and other demographic and economic characteristics. The statistics come from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Internet address: <>.


Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: 2nd Quarter 2012 — Sept. 27 — 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, visit <>.

Also, for the first time, historical data from the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions will be available in the Census Bureau's Economic Indicator Database <>.

2010 Annual Surveys of State and Local Government Finances — Sept. 26 — These data sets include information on revenues, expenditures, debt, and cash and security holdings for state and local governments. Internet address: <>.

Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue: 2nd Quarter 2012 — Sept. 25 — 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: <>.

Facts for Features

Halloween (Oct. 31) — Sept. 24 — This collection of Census Bureau statistics from demographic and economic subject areas focuses on the customs associated with this holiday. Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for September and October — Profile America segments included modifying the bean scene in “Decaf Coffee” (Sept. 26) and the sky's the limit in “Rocket Pioneer” (Oct. 4). Internet address: <>.

New “How Do We Know?” Infographic Focuses on Manufacturing Day — Oct. 5 — Manufacturing plays a large role in our economy. To highlight this contribution, the Census Bureau has released an infographic focusing on manufacturing employment, cost of materials, value of shipments and exports. Part of the “How Do We Know?” series, this infographic helps celebrate Manufacturing Day (Oct. 5) and highlights key Census Bureau data programs that track manufacturing. Tracking manufacturing has gotten easier than ever with the release of the Census Bureau's mobile app America's Economy, which helps users keep current on economic indicators from the Census Bureau and other agencies. The app can be downloaded for both iPhone and Android devices.

How Do We Know? Infographics: <>
America's Economy: <>

“Safety at Work” Live on C-SPAN's “America by the Numbers” — Did you know that ergonomic cases make up about 30 percent of nonfatal injuries and illnesses that result in days away from work? On Friday, Sept. 28, William Wiatrowski, assistant commissioner of the Office of Compensation and Working Conditions, discussed the latest findings regarding the fatalities and injuries in the workplace. 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