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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

March 8, 2013 TP13-05


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

2006-2010 County-to-County Migration Flows Mapper Tool and 2006-2010 County-to-County Characteristics Migration Tables — Based on data collected during the American Community Survey from 2006 to 2010, the county-to-county migration tables give added information on the paths of the 17.3 million people who moved to another county. The tables provide the current county of residence, the county of residence one year ago and the estimated number of movers between the counties. Additional tables provide the same information broken down by selected characteristics: age, sex, race or Hispanic origin.

The Census Bureau has developed its first beta version of an online mapping tool called Census Flows Mapper. It is an interactive application that allows users to select a county in the U.S. and view the outbound, inbound and net migration flows for that county. Additionally, users can choose flows based on characteristics such as age, sex, race or Hispanic origin. The application also allows users to download the data for the flow they have selected, zoom in and out on the map to an area of interest, view additional statistics of the selected county and print their map to a PDF file. (Scheduled for release March 19.)


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 embargo starting at 10 a.m. on March 12 for public release at 12:01 a.m. on March 14.)

Disability Employment Tabulation 2008-2010 — This tabulation, based on data collected during the American Community Survey from 2008 to 2010, provides in-depth labor force characteristics of people with a disability, such as employment status, occupation, education and earnings. Additionally, the tabulation provides information about the disability status and diversity of the labor force across several variables, including sex, race, Hispanic origin, age and citizenship. (Scheduled for release March 14.)

Computer and Internet Use: 2011 — Based on Current Population Survey statistics from July 2011, the Computer and Internet Access in the United States report provides household and individual level analysis of computer use and Internet access, as well as a profile of individual smartphone usage. Analysis of the level of connectivity individuals have to the Internet is also provided. (Scheduled for release March 27.)

Rental Housing Market Condition Measures: A Comparison of U.S. Metropolitan Areas from 2009 to 2011 and Physical Characteristics of Housing: 2011 — Two briefs covering the housing market are profiled in this release. The Physical Characteristics of Housing: 2009-2011 highlights statistics on basic physical and structural characteristics of the total housing inventory at the national level and for metropolitan statistical areas based on data collected during the American Community Survey from 2009 to 2011. The report examines types of housing structures, newer and older houses, and the size of the houses measured by the number of rooms.

The Rental Housing Market Condition Measures: A Comparison of U.S. Metropolitan Areas from 2009 to 2011 brief examines four characteristics of the rental housing stock, including gross rent, gross rent as a percentage of household income, rental vacancy rates, and renter share of total households and describes significant changes between 2009 and 2011 based on the results of the American Community Survey. (Scheduled for release March 28.)

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.)

Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2011 — Report and accompanying detailed tables provide data on child care arrangements of preschoolers and grade-schoolers by various demographic characteristics of employed and nonemployed mothers. They also examine the size of weekly child care payments made by selected characteristics of the family and analyze historical trends. The statistics are national level and come from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Also being released are a series of related maps and detailed tables on child care facilities per capita at the state and county levels, from the 2007 Economic Census. (Tentatively scheduled for release in April.)

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 <>.


Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: 4th 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 <>. (Scheduled for release March 28.)

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 March 25.)

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 March 25.)

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 March 26.)

Cinco de Mayo — "The Fifth of May," a national holiday in Mexico, has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture. This edition presents a wide array of statistical information about the population of Mexican origin. (Scheduled for release in March.)

Hurricane Season (June 1) — The north Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through November. The Census Bureau produces timely local data that are critical to emergency planning, preparedness and recovery efforts. This edition of Facts for Features highlights the number of people living in areas that could be most affected by these dramatic acts of nature. (Tentatively scheduled for release in early April.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for March and April — Profile America segments include getting a lift in "Elevating America" (March 23) and a daily grind in "First Coffee Mill" (April 3).

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. 22, 2013)

American Community Survey

Commuting in the United States — March 5 —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 are 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 provides a snapshot of people working from home at least one day per week. Internet address: <>.

New Infographic on Working-at-Home Population — March 5 — Today many Americans work from home either full or part time. Using data from the 2010 American Community Survey, the 1980, 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and Survey of Income and Program Participation data spanning 1996 - 2008, the Census Bureau has released an infographic, "Working at Home Is on the Rise," providing a statistical snapshot of the 13.4 million people who work at least one day per week from home. Internet address: <>.

American Community Survey Brief: Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011 — Feb. 26 — 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. Internet address: <>.

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) — Feb. 25 — 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. Internet address: <>.


Health Status, Health Insurance and Medical Services Utilization: 2001-2011 — Feb. 28 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Employment-Based Health Insurance: 2010 — Feb. 27 — 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. Internet address: <>.

American Housing Survey for Selected Metropolitan Areas: 2011 Detailed Tables — Feb. 26 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Facts for Features

Older Americans Month (May) — March 7 — 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. Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for February — Profile America included comprehensive and collision in "Car Insurance" (Feb. 26) and a matter of principle in "Jeannette Rankin" (March 4). Internet address: <>.

"A Look at Commuting Patterns in the United States" Live on "America by the Numbers" Segment of C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" — More than one quarter of all U.S. workers live in a different county than where they work. Find out more on Friday, March 8, 2013, at approximately 9 a.m. EDT as Brian McKenzie — an analyst in the Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division at the U.S. Census Bureau — discussed the latest data from the Census Bureau. 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 <>.

To view the commuting products released earlier this week and related information, visit the press kit.


Follow Our Economy Using the Census Bureau's Mobile App — March 4 —Check out the Census Bureau's mobile app, "America's Economy," for several key Census Bureau economic indicators over the next four weeks:

Week of March 4-8 — Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories and Orders for January 2013 (March 6); U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services for January 2013 (March 7); Quarterly Services for Fourth Quarter 2012 (March 7); Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories for January 2013 (March 8).

Week of March 11-15 — Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services for February 2013 (March 13); Manufacturing and Trade: Inventories and Sales for January 2013 (March 13).

Week of March 18-22 — New Residential Construction for February 2013 (March 19).

Week of March 25-29 — Quarterly Financial Report: Manufacturing, Mining, Wholesale Trade, and Selected Service Industries for Fourth Quarter 2012 (March 25); Quarterly Financial Report: Retail Trade for Fourth Quarter 2012 (March 25); New Residential Sales for February 2013 (March 26); and Advance Report on Durable Goods: Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders for February 2013 (March 26).

In addition, the Commerce Department will release two indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis: the Gross Domestic Product for Fourth Quarter 2012 (third estimate, March 28) and Personal Income and Outlays for February 2013 (March 29). The Commerce will also release a Bureau of Labor Statistics economic indicator, The Employment Situation for February 2013 (March 8).

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