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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Feb. 8, 2013 TP13-03


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.

American Community Survey

American Community Survey Brief: The Geographic Concentration of High-Income Households: 2007-2011 — Examines where high-income households are and which areas have the highest concentration of such households. High-income households are defined as those in the top 5 percent of the national income distribution. The statistics come from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey five-year estimates and are shown for counties and metro areas. (Scheduled for release Feb. 11.)

American Community Survey Brief: Poverty Levels by Race and Ethnicity: 2007-2011 — This brief presents poverty rates by race and Hispanic origin for the United States, each state, and the District of Columbia. Poverty rates are also presented for selected detailed origin groups in the cities and towns with the largest populations of these groups. Poverty rates are summarized for American Indians and Alaska Natives, detailed Asian groups with populations of 750,000 or more, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander groups with populations of 25,000 or more and Hispanic-origin groups with populations of 1 million or more. (Scheduled for release Feb. 20.)

Men in Nursing Occupations (report) and Selected Characteristics of Registered Nurses, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Practitioners, and Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses: 2011 (detailed tables) — The report presents estimates of men in each of the detailed nursing occupations using data from the 2011 American Community Survey. Furthermore, the report and accompanying detailed tables also provide estimates on a wide range of characteristics of men and women in nursing occupations. These include employment status, age, race, Hispanic origin, citizenship, educational attainment, work hours, time of departure to work, median earnings, industry and class of worker. (Scheduled for release Feb. 25.)


Employment History: 2004 and 2008 — These detailed tables and charts from the Survey of Income and Program Participation examine the relationship between years of work experience, job tenure (years at a particular job), work status (full or part time), presence of gaps in employment of six months or more, age, sex, educational attainment and earnings. (Scheduled for release Feb. 12.)

Working Paper: Other Vacant Housing Units: 2000, 2005, and 2010 — Examines the characteristics of vacant units categorized as being vacant for "other" reasons (which means they do not fit into the "for rent," "for sale," "rented or sold but not yet occupied," "occasional use" or "usual residence elsewhere" categories). The statistics were collected in the Current Population Survey/Housing Vacancy Survey in 2000, 2005 and 2010 and show how these characteristics have changed in each region and the nation as a whole during that time. Common reasons a housing unit is labeled "other" vacant is that no one lives in the unit and the owner is making repairs or renovations, does not want to rent or sell, is using the unit for storage or is elderly and living in a nursing home or with family members. Characteristics examined include number of rooms and bedrooms, units in structure and year structure built.

Being released with the working paper is a related table that will present the percent distribution of explanations why a vacant unit is classified as "other" vacant. Starting in January 2012, survey field representatives were instructed to choose between 10 predefined categories instead of only having the option to write in an explanation when collecting answers from respondents. The table will present the 10 predefined categories, with additional categories for "other write-in/don't know" and "no write-in." (Scheduled for release Feb. 20.)

2012 Annual Housing Vacancy Survey Statistics — These statistics provide vacancy rates, homeownership rates and characteristics of units available for occupancy for the U.S., regions, states and the 75 largest metropolitan areas. Statistics for all geographies are available both quarterly and annually. Homeownership rates are also tabulated by age of householder for the U.S. and regions and by race and ethnicity of householder, by family status and by median family income for the U.S. In addition, estimates of the total housing inventory and percent distributions of vacant for-rent and for-sale-only units are available for the U.S. and regions. This information is used by public and private sector organizations to evaluate the need for new housing programs and initiatives. The rental vacancy rate is a component of the index of leading economic indicators and thereby used by the government and economic forecasters to gauge the economic climate. (Scheduled for release Feb. 20.)

American Housing Survey for Selected Metropolitan Areas: 2011 Detailed Tables — Dozens of detailed tables on the characteristics of housing in 29 selected metro areas are now available in excel files and via the Census Bureau's American FactFinder data access tool. A wide range of topics is covered, including plumbing and source of water and sewage disposal; housing problems; householder's satisfaction with home and neighborhood; value, purchase price and source of down payment; recent home improvement activity and costs; safety features and potential health hazards; features in home providing accessibility to people with disabilities; and socio-economic characteristics of the householder. (Scheduled for release Feb. 26.)

Employment-Based Health Insurance: 2010 — A new report based on the Survey of Income and Program Participation examines the characteristics of people with employer-provided health insurance coverage as well as the characteristics of employers that offer health insurance. The economic and demographic characteristics studied in this report include sex, race and ethnicity, age, family income and insurance status. (Scheduled for release Feb 27.)

Health Status, Health Insurance and Medical Services Utilization: 2001-2011 — A table package that highlights 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. (Scheduled for release Feb. 28.)

Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation: State Reports — 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. The reports are being released on a state-by-state flow basis alphabetically by state name during the first half of 2013. The list of reports that have been released so far can be found at <>.


2011 Annual Capital Expenditures — These statistics, based on the 2007 North American Industry Classification System, estimate business spending in 2011 for new and used structures and equipment at the sector level, as well as three-digit and selected four-digit industries. The estimates provide the private sector, especially the business community, with a relevant, timely and accurate measure of current business conditions. These data are an important input for federal agencies constructing composite national economic measures, such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis' estimates of private-fixed investment, a major component of gross domestic product; the Bureau of Labor Statistics' estimates of capital stocks for productivity analysis; and the Federal Reserve Board's Flow of Funds accounts. (Scheduled for release Feb. 12.)

Facts for Features

Valentine's Day: Feb. 14, 2013 — To celebrate this holiday, the Census Bureau highlights a range of information, including statistics on chocolates, flowers, jewelry and marriage. (Scheduled for release in February.)

Earth Day: April 22 — Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for our planet's natural environment. The day came from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day — and Earth Week (April 16-22) — this edition of Profile America Facts for Features includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment. (Scheduled for release in February.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for February and March — Profile America segments include clean as a hound's tooth in "Pet Dental Health Month" (Feb. 16) and telling her-story in "Women's History Month" (March 1).

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 people 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 Jan. 25, 2013)

Enhancements to American FactFinder — On Jan. 29, the Census Bureau released several new features in American FactFinder — the online data search program on — to help people find information more easily. These included a new "Community Facts" feature, to help users find frequently requested statistics about their communities, and a "Guided Search" feature. Internet address: <>.

American Community Survey

American Community Survey Brief: Homeownership Among the Foreign-Born Population: 2011 — Jan. 30 — A new brief based on statistics from the 2011 American Community Survey examines homeownership and renting status among foreign-born households. In this report, a household is designated as foreign-born based on the nativity of the householder, regardless of the other occupants' nativity. Country and region of origin of the household are based on the country and region of origin of the householder as well. Internet address: <>.

2007-2011 American Community Survey: Citizen Voting-Age Population — Jan. 28 — This tabulation from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey shows estimates of the citizen voting age population by race for small areas of geography. This is the third year in a row that the American Community Survey has produced estimates of this population for even the smallest geographic areas. Prior to the American Community Survey, communities had to wait 10 years for an update on the citizen voting-age population. Previous versions of the files can be found on the Census Bureau's Redistricting Data website. Internet address: <>.


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 is based on housing units to distribute county household population estimates to the subcounty 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 take into account 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 <>.


Service Annual Survey: 2011 — Jan. 29 — This annual business survey provides the most comprehensive national economic statistics available on service activity in the United States. Sectors include transportation and warehousing; finance and insurance; educational services; and arts, entertainment and recreation, to name a few. The statistics show operating revenue and expenses for both taxable and tax-exempt firms and organizations, sources of revenue and expenses by type for selected industries, and selected industry-specific items. In addition, export and inventory data were collected for selected industries. The latest Annual Services Report site can be accessed at <>. Internet address: <>.

Facts for Features

Women's History Month: March — Feb. 7 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Presidents' Day: Feb. 18 — Feb. 7 — To commemorate this observance, the Census Bureau has pulled information from its geographic database on the country's 100 most common names of places and where the last names of various former U.S. presidents rank on the list. Internet address: <>.

Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick's Day (March 17) — Jan. 29 — 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. Internet address: <>.

African-American History Month (February) — Jan. 28 — 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. Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for January and February — Profile America segments included checking out the "First Librarian of Congress" (Jan. 30) and illuminating the subject in "Gas Lighting" (Feb. 7). Internet address: <>.

"How America's Pocketbook Fared in 2012" Live on the "America by the Numbers" Segment of C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" — Feb. 1 — How much did Americans spend, save and earn in 2012? Brent R. Moulton, Associate Director for National Economic Accounts, discussed the latest data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. 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 <>.

Census Bureau's "How Do We Know?" Series Features New Infographic on America's Foreign-Born Population — Feb. 7 — During the last 50 years, the foreign-born population of the United States has undergone dramatic changes in size, origins and geographic distribution. How do we know about America's foreign-born? This new infographic provides a statistical snapshot of our foreign-born population from the American Community Survey and the decennial censuses.


Follow Our Economy Using the Census Bureau's Mobile App — Feb. 4 — Check out the Census Bureau's mobile app, "America's Economy," for several key Census Bureau economic indicators over the next two weeks: Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories and Orders for December 2012 (Feb. 4); Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories for December 2012 (Feb. 8); U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services for December 2012 (Feb. 8); Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services for January 2013 (Feb. 13); and Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales for December 2012 (Feb. 13). 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