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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Dec. 28, 2012 TP12-26


2013 Product Calendar -- The Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product expected to be released in 2013. The products are listed in the Census Bureau's online product calendar, which will be updated as needed throughout the year.

2010 Census Retiring -- In keeping with a government-wide effort to reduce or eliminate federal website domains, will be retired and the information will be migrated to <> on Dec. 31. You can bookmark <> in order to continue to access content previously found on This link will be live on Dec. 31.

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. Reports that have been released can be found at <>.


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 Jan. 14.)

Evaluation Estimates of the Population for the United States, Cities and Towns (Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions): April 1, 2000, to July 1, 2010 -- Internet downloadable files contain vintage 2010 estimates of total population. The estimates were developed using the Census Bureau's "Distributive Housing Unit Method." This method uses a areas within each county. Estimates of the population living in group quarters are then added to create estimates of the total resident population. These estimates include changes from incorporation of special censuses and local challenges.

A downloadable file containing alternative estimates also was produced with the same method but did not incorporate special censuses and local challenges. All estimates are based on the 2000 Census and were created without incorporation or consideration of the 2010 Census results. The evaluation estimates are available on the population estimates Web page <>. (Tentatively scheduled for Dec. 31.)


Management and Organizational Practices Survey -- This 2010 supplement to the Annual Survey of Manufactures examines management and organizational practices at manufacturing plants. The estimates could be used in research to understand how the practices measured affect productivity and performance. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2, the Census Bureau will provide embargo-period access to the survey results and a research paper written by a research team consisting of Census Bureau staff and researchers from Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics. Both the estimates and research paper will be released to the public on Jan. 4. One of the team members of the study, professor Nick Bloom from Stanford University, will present the findings at the American Economic Association's annual meeting in San Diego on Jan. 4.

Facts for Features

African-American History Month (February) -- To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, the Census Bureau presents a collection of demographic and economic statistics about the black community. (Scheduled for release in January.)

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 include the senior circuit in "Transistor at 65" (Dec. 29) and roamin' legions in "Crossing the Rubicon" (Jan. 12).

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" -- 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 Dec. 14, 2012)

American Community Survey

Census Bureau Offers American Community Survey Internet Response -- Dec. 17 --
The American Community Survey, the most detailed portrait of America's towns and neighborhoods, is now more convenient for most participants with the added availability of responding online. That makes it the 61st Census Bureau survey with Internet response, saving money on printing, paper, postage and processing costs, while maintaining security. Internet address: <>


New Year's Day Population -- Dec. 27 -- The Census Bureau released its annual projection of the nation's population for Jan. 1, 2013. The release include birth, death and net international migration rates. Internet address: <>.

State Population Estimates: July 1, 2012 -- Dec. 20 -- Internet tables 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. Internet address:

Population and Housing Unit Estimates: July 1, 2011 -- Dec. 20 -- Population estimates are available on American FactFinder -- the Census Bureau's online data search tool -- 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 are 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 Oct. 25.


Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: 3rd Quarter 2012 -- Dec. 20 -- 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 <>.

National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation Final U.S. Report -- Dec. 19 -- 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. Internet address: <>.

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

American Businesses Enter Major Phase of Five-Year Economic Census -- Dec. 17 -- 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 on the health 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. Internet address:

Facts for Features

2012 Holiday Season -- Dec. 18 -- 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). Internet address:



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for December -- Profile America segments included
dogs having their day in "Kennel Show" (Dec. 16) and banking on "The Federal Reserve"
(Dec. 23). Internet address: <>.

"Access to Food in America" Live on the "America by the Numbers" Segment of C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" -- Dec. 28 at 9:15 a.m. -- In 2011, a record high 15 percent of U.S. households lacked consistent access to adequate food. Alisha Coleman-Jensen, a social science analyst for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, discusses the latest food security trend data by poverty status, unemployment and household composition. Most Fridays, 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 <>.


Latest Economic Indicators Through the Census Bureau's Mobile App -- Dec. 18 -- The Department of Commerce released four Census Bureau economic indicators: Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade for the third quarter of 2012 (Dec. 17); New Residential Construction (Building Permits, Housing Starts, and Housing Completions) for November 2012 (Dec. 19); Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories and Orders for November 2012 (Dec. 21); and New Residential Sales for November 2012 (Dec. 27). Note: The release date for the manufacturing indicator (M3) was changed from Dec. 24 to Dec. 21 (details).

In addition, the Commerce Department released two indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Gross Domestic Product for the third quarter (third estimate, Dec. 20) and Personal Income and Outlays for November 2012 (Dec. 21).

Get the 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.

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