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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Dec. 14, 2012 TP12-25


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 <>.


State Population Estimates: July 1, 2012 — Internet tables will show July 1, 2012, population estimates and components of change for the nation, states and Puerto Rico. Changes in the previous year, as well as since the 2010 Census, are examined. (Scheduled for release Dec. 20.)

Population and Housing Unit Estimates: July 1, 2011 — Population estimates will soon be available on American FactFinder for the nation, states, metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas, counties, Puerto Rico municipios, and for incorporated places and minor civil divisions. Estimates for some of these areas include components of change since the 2010 Census (births, deaths, and migration), as well as demographic characteristics (age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin). Housing unit estimates will be available for states and counties. The estimates were originally released on the Population Estimates website at National and state total population estimates were released on American FactFinder on October 25, 2012. (Scheduled for release in mid-December.)

New Year's Day Population — The Census Bureau will ring in the year with its annual projection of the nation's population for Jan. 1, 2013. The release will include birth, death and net international migration rates. (Scheduled for release Dec. 27.)

Estimates of State Voting-Age Population: July 1, 2012 — Estimates of the number of people 18 and older in each state, Puerto Rico and the U.S. The downloadable file will also include total population and the percentage of people 18 and older. (Scheduled for release in early January.)


American Businesses Enter Major Phase of Five-Year Economic Census — The 2012 Economic Census covers a spectrum of economic sectors, such as accommodation and food services, manufacturing and wholesale trade. The economic census asks businesses to provide basic information on revenue, employment and payroll as well as industry-specific information, all with the goal of getting a snapshot of the American economy.

The Census Bureau is mailing forms to nearly 4 million businesses, as the official twice-a-decade measure of American business and the economy continues rolling out. The majority of the forms are scheduled to be mailed the week of Dec. 17. A majority of U.S. employer businesses will receive a form in the coming weeks. (Scheduled for release Dec. 17.)

Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue: 3rd Quarter 2012 — 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 Dec. 18.)

National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation Final U.S. Report — Results from one of the oldest continuing and most comprehensive recreation surveys. Includes information on the number of anglers, hunters and wildlife watchers, as well as how often they participate and how much they spend on their activities in the U.S. (Scheduled for release Dec. 19.)

Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: 3rd 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 <>.

Historical data from the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions will be available in the Census Bureau's Economic Indicator Database <>.

Facts for Features

2012 Holiday Season — To commemorate this time of year, the Census Bureau is releasing a collection of facts and figures related to Christmas (Dec. 25), Hanukkah (Dec. 8), Kwanzaa (Dec. 26 - Jan. 1) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1). (Scheduled for release mid-December.)

Valentine's Day: Feb. 14, 2012 — To celebrate this holiday, the Census Bureau highlights a range of information including data on chocolates, flowers, jewelry and marriage. (Scheduled for release in January.)

Women's History Month — In commemoration of this annual observance highlighting and celebrating the varied and historic accomplishments of women, this edition provides statistical information on topics such as earnings, education, business ownership, voting, occupations, military service and marriage. (Scheduled for release in January.)

Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick's Day (March 17) — You may not find a pot of gold at the end of this edition of Facts for Features, but you will find it useful and informative nonetheless. It is filled with statistical information from the Census Bureau's demographic and economic subject areas on the nation's Irish-American population and other facets of this celebration of all things Irish. (Scheduled for release in January.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for December and January — Profile America segments included it's all downhill in "Skiing" (Dec. 26) and getting charged in "National Static Electricity Day" (Jan. 9).

The daily features are available at <>, with download options for MP3 (including podcast subscription) and WAV or zip files for the entire month (MP3).

“America by the Numbers" on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal” on C-SPAN's “Washington Journal” — Tune in each Friday morning to C-SPAN's "America by the Numbers" for insight into key official statistics from the Census Bureau and other statistical agencies. Poverty, childbearing, education, health, the economy - topics discussed focus on the key issues of the day. The program highlights the trends and allows the public to call in or email their views. More information is available at <>.


Stay Connected to the Economy with Census Bureau Mobile App — Every week, the Department of Commerce releases key Census Bureau economic indicators. Get the latest business news on the go as it is released through the Census Bureau's free, easy-to-use mobile app, "America's Economy," available for download for both Apple and Android phones and tablets. The app provides real-time updates for 16 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Internet address: <>.

Recently Released

(Released since Nov. 30, 2012)

American Community Survey Brief: Veterans' Racial and Ethnic Composition and Place of Birth: 2011 — Dec. 13 — This brief highlights veterans 18 and older who reside in the United States and focuses on their racial, ethnic and regional diversity. Regional diversity includes foreign-born veterans and their countries of origin in addition to the native-born veteran population. The American Community Survey collects data on veterans in order to help government agencies, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, to establish programs for job counseling, training and placement.

Sample topics covered in the brief include racial and ethnic diversity and birthplace of veterans. More information can be found in the brief at <>.

2010 Census

2010 Census American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File — Dec. 13 —This summary file provides detailed demographic information from the 2010 Census for more than 1,500 American Indian and Alaska Native tribal groupings, specific American Indian tribes and specific Alaska Native villages. These statistics are available for a variety of geographic areas. However, only geographic entities with a population of at least 100 for the specified group are available. The summary file has the largest number of American Indian and Alaska Native iteration groups of any Census Bureau data product released and adds a new layer of detail to the population and housing topics previously released from the census. Additionally, for the first time, the summary file includes detailed information on individual Central American, South American and Mexican-American indigenous groups. Internet address: <>.

Centenarians: 2010 — Dec. 10 — A special report provides an updated portrait of centenarians from the 2010 Census. Characteristics include: age, sex, race, Hispanic origin and living arrangements. Additional information is provided on the geographic distribution of centenarians as well as special data quality considerations. Internet address: <>.


Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates: 2011 — Dec. 12 — Available for roughly 3,140 counties and nearly 14,000 school districts, these statistics represent the only current, single-year income and poverty estimates available for all sizes of counties and school districts. Internet address: <>.

U.S. Population Projections: 2012-2060 — Dec. 12 — What will our nation look like 50 years down the road? The answer is revealed in these projections of the nation's population by age, race and Hispanic origin. The first set of Census Bureau population projections based on the 2010 Census, they go to the year 2060. Internet address: <>.

Migration Products — Dec. 10 — Four sets of statistics addressing migration and mobility were released simultaneously. This includes Geographical Mobility: 2012 and Geographic Mobility 2005-2010, a collection of national and local level tables from the Current Population Survey that describe the movement of people in the Unites States, including why they moved, types of moves, distance moved and characteristics of those who moved in the year prior to the survey. Along with the 2012 tables package, we released for the first time data visualization charts and graphs that included historical trends. The other set released included 2011 American Community Survey state-to-state migration flow tables, showing number of people moving between each different pair of states. Internet address: <>.

American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates: 2007-2011 — Dec. 6 — The only statistics on a wealth of demographic and socioeconomic measures for all geographic areas down to the block group level. These measures include education, occupation and language, to name just a few. The Census Bureau issues new sets of these five-year estimates every year; they are ideal measuring the composition of areas with populations of less than 20,000, which are not covered in any other round of estimates. Internet address: <>.


State Government Finances: 2011 — Dec. 6 — Annual statistics show detailed summaries of state revenue (such as taxes, federal aid and lottery receipts), expenditures (such as public welfare, highways, and parks and recreation), indebtedness and assets. Internet address: <>.

Survey of Market Absorption: 3rd Quarter 2012 — Dec. 3 —The Survey of Market Absorption, sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, uses the Census Bureau's Survey of Construction as its sampling base. Each month, a sample of residential buildings containing five or more units is selected for the survey. The initial three-month interview collects information on amenities, rent or sales price levels, number of units, type of building and the number of units taken off the market (absorbed). Field representatives conduct subsequent interviews, if necessary, at six, nine and 12 months after completion.

These quarterly reports are generally available the first week of March, June, September and December. Additionally, statistics on absorption rates for selected metropolitan areas are also released on the Internet at the same time. For more information, please visit <>. Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for November — Profile America segments included breaking the bubble in "Bingo" (Dec. 1) and front end in "Parking" (Dec. 13). Internet address: < >.

“Annual Energy Outlook” Live on the “America by the Numbers” Segment of C-SPAN’s "Washington Journal” — Dec. 7 — Is the U.S. growth in energy production outstripping consumption? Adam Sieminski, Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), discussed the latest trend data regarding the energy production, consumption rate and growth outlook for 2013. Each Friday, C-SPAN’s “America by the Numbers” segment on its “Washington Journal” show features information from the federal statistical system. The program highlights trends and allows the public to call in or email their views. More information on previous C-SPAN programs is available at <>.


Track Economic Indicators Through the Census Bureau's Mobile App — Dec. 3 — This week the Department of Commerce released several key Census Bureau economic indicators: Construction Spending (Construction Put in Place) for October 2012 (Dec. 3); Full Report - Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Orders for October 2012 (Dec. 5); and Quarterly Services Survey for the third quarter of 2012 (Dec. 6). The Bureau of Labor Statistics is also releasing an economic indicator, The Employment Situation for November 2012 (Dec. 7). All these indicators may be accessed through the Census Bureau’s free, easy-to-use mobile app, “America’s Economy,” available for download for both Apple and Android phones and tablets. The app provides real-time updates for 16 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. <>.

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