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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Feb. 22, 2013 TP13-04


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

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. 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.)

American Community Survey Brief: Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011 — The report offers information about the occurrence of disabilities among people 18 and older who received income-based government assistance. The information was based on data collected in the 2011 American Community Survey. The report and detailed charts provide disability statistics about recipients of three categories of government assistance: cash assistance, in-kind assistance or both. These statistics are provided at the national and state level. (Scheduled for release Feb. 26.)

Commuting in the United States — These commuting products, based on statistics from the American Community Survey, examine U.S. residents traveling across county and state lines to work. In addition, the products present U.S. workers who have commutes of 60 minutes or longer and workers who have "megacommutes" of at least 90 minutes and 50 miles. Statistics will also be available for every county in the U.S. that show the number of workers that commute into or out of the county and which counties those commuters travel to and from. A new infographic about home-based workers will also be released, providing a snapshot of people working from home at least one day per week. (Scheduled for release March 5.)


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 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. 28.)

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.)

County, Puerto Rico Municipio, Metropolitan and Micropolitan Area Population Estimates: July 1, 2012 — Internet tables showing population estimates, rankings and components of change for the nation's counties, county equivalents, metro and micro areas since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2012. (Scheduled for release in mid-March.)

Household Debt in the U.S.: 2000 to 2011 and Measuring the Wealth of U.S. Households — The first study and accompanying detailed tables examine the median value of debt and percent holding debt for households, by type of asset owned and various characteristics of the householder (race and Hispanic origin, age, education, type of household, labor force activity, income quintile, net worth and tenure). The statistics, from the Survey of Income and Program Participation, are provided for the nation and regions. The second study and associated detailed tables examine the median value of assets and percent holding assets for households in 2011 by type of asset owned and householder characteristics similar to those explored in the household debt study. (Tentatively scheduled for release in March.)

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 <>.

Facts for Features

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 March.)

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May) — We celebrate the contributions of Asian/Pacific Americans to our nation with a host of statistical information on this group. Statistics are included for Asians as well as Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders covering demographics and businesses. (Scheduled for release in March.)

Older Americans Month (May) — To celebrate the contributions of our nation's approximately 40 million 65-and-older residents, statistics are presented on their demographic characteristics, such as their levels of income and education, living arrangements and labor force status. Includes a look at those who have celebrated at least a century worth of birthdays: our centenarians. (Scheduled for release in March.)

Mother's Day: May 12, 2013 — Flowers, perfume and jewelry are all popular gifts given on this special day honoring our nation's moms. This fact sheet presents statistical information from the Census Bureau's economic and demographic subject areas on these and many other topics pertaining to this observance. (Scheduled for release in March.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for February and March — Profile America segments include papers in order in "Legal Tender" (Feb. 25) and dishing on "Inventive Society Lady" (March 8).

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 Feb. 8, 2013)

American Community Survey

American Community Survey Brief: Poverty Levels by Race and Ethnicity: 2007-2011 — Feb. 20 —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. Internet address: <>.

American Community Survey Brief: The Geographic Concentration of High-Income Households: 2007-2011 — Feb. 11 — 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. Internet address: <>.


Working Paper: Other Vacant Housing Units: 2000, 2005, and 2010 — Feb. 20 — 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.

A related table released with the working paper presents the percent distribution of explanations why a vacant unit is classified as "other." 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." Internet address: <>.

2012 Annual Housing Vacancy Survey Statistics — Feb. 20 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Employment History: 2004 and 2008 — Feb. 12 — 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. 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 — Feb. 11 — 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 <>.


2011 Annual Capital Expenditures — Feb. 12 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Facts for Features

Valentine's Day: Feb. 14, 2013 — Feb. 12 — To celebrate this holiday, the Census Bureau highlights a range of information, including statistics on chocolates, flowers, jewelry and marriage. Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for February — Profile America included hearts and binds in "Valentine and Weddings" (Feb. 14) and any number of people in "First Telephone Directory" (Feb. 20). Internet address: <>.


Track Economic Indicators Through the Census Bureau's Mobile App — Feb. 19 — Over the next two weeks, the Department of Commerce is releasing five key Census Bureau economic indicators: New Residential Construction for January 2013 (Feb. 20); New Residential Sales for January 2013 (Feb. 26); Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders for January 2013 (Feb. 27); and Construction Spending for January 2012 (March 1). In addition, the Commerce Department will release a Bureau of Economic Analysis indicator: Gross Domestic Product for the fourth quarter of 2012 (Feb. 28). 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