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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.
My Congressional District — My Congressional District gives you quick and easy access to selected statistics updated annually through the American Community Survey. This interactive tool provides the latest demographic and economic statistics for every district of the 113th Congress. Statistics available include information on commuting, education, housing and much more. My Congressional District is part of the Census Bureau's effort to make statistics more accessible and easier to use, share, embed and download. (Tentatively scheduled for release in July.)
2010 Census Tribal Tract Reference Maps — New federal American Indian reservation-based maps showing tribal census tracts and tribal block groups as delineated to support the 2010 Census data dissemination are available. These maps show the boundaries and names of American Indian reservations and off-reservation trust lands, Alaska Native areas, Hawaiian home lands, states, counties, county subdivisions and places. Additionally, these maps display a base feature network including roads, railroads and water bodies.
The maps are available at <http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/maps/reference.html> under Census Reference Maps. (Scheduled for release in July.)
American Housing Survey Fact Sheets for the U.S. and Selected Metropolitan Areas — Separate profiles for each of 29 different metropolitan areas and the U.S. Based on statistics from the 2011 American Housing Survey, these short profiles provide information on the area's monthly housing costs, mortgage types and a variety of other physical and financial characteristics related to the area's housing inventory. (Scheduled for release in July.)
Survey of Market Absorption 2012 Characteristics Report — The 2012 Characteristics Report provides details about units constructed in 2012, yet not necessarily absorbed, such as number of bedrooms, asking rent, and asking price. This publication is of value to builders, bankers, market analysts, land planners, and government officials trying to measure the needs for federal, state and local assistance in providing better housing for everyone.
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.
In addition to the characteristics report, SOMA produces quarterly absorption reports that 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 <http://www.census.gov/housing/soma/>. (Scheduled for release July 1.)
2011 Annual Surveys of State and Local Government Finances — These data sets include information on revenues, expenditures, debt, and cash and security holdings for state and local governments. (Scheduled for release July 24.)
Census Bureau Offers Training Opportunities — The Census Bureau offers webinars to help you access and use Census Bureau statistics. These free sessions, lasting about 60 to 90 minutes, can teach you how to use our databases and mapping tools, find demographic and economic statistics at a local or national level and provide quick links for frequent questions you have about accessing statistics
The following courses are offered in the next few weeks:
Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for June — Profile America segments include a lot to swallow in "Fluid Situation" (June 30) and pay to stay in "Nickel and Diming" (July 15).
The daily features are available at <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/>, 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 <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/>.
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: <http://www.census.gov/mobile/>.
(Released since June 14, 2013)
Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation: State Reports — Jan. 22-June 28 — 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 were released on a state-by-state flow basis alphabetically by state name during the first half of 2013. The complete list of reports can be found at <http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/fishing.html>. Note that no report was released for North Dakota.
Economic Characteristics of Households in the United States: Fourth Quarter 2011 — June 27 — This set of tables examines the role of government-sponsored benefit programs and the labor market among the nation's people and households within the economic climate of the fourth quarter of 2011. Specifically, it presents statistics on average monthly income, participation in government-sponsored social welfare or social insurance programs, and labor force activity during the period. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/sipp/tables/quarterly-est/household-char/hsehld-char-11.html>.
State and County Housing Unit Estimates: July 1, 2012 — June 27 — Updated estimates of the nation's housing stock at the national, state and county levels show growth or decline in units since the 2010 Census. Internet address: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/housing/cb13-tps66.html.
Island Areas: 2010 Census Summary File — June 27 — These summary files contain subject-matter content from the 2010 Census — age (including single years of age), sex, race and Hispanic or Latino origin (for the U.S. Virgin Islands only), race and ethnicity (for the Pacific Islands only), household type, relationship, population in group quarters, whether the residence is owned or rented (tenure), and vacancy status among other social, economic, housing and demographic characteristics. There is a separate file for each of the Island Areas, which include the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and selected geographic entities within the islands: counties, county subdivisions, census tracts, places, block groups and blocks.
For more information about 2010 Census products for the Island Areas, please visit the online press kit.
Summary of the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions for 2013: 1st Quarter — June 27 — 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 <http://www.census.gov/govs/qpr/>.
Historical data from the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions are available in the Census Bureau's Economic Indicator Database <http://www.census.gov/econ/currentdata/>.
Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue for 2013: 1st Quarter — June 25 — 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: <http://www.census.gov/govs/qtax/>.
Capital Spending Report: U.S. Capital Spending Patterns, 2002-2011 — June 18 — This report provides a historical look at capital spending patterns for structures and equipment by all U.S. businesses with and without employees at the national level. Estimates at the national and industry sector level are available for businesses with employees. Data in this report come from the Annual Capital Expenditures Survey. This report looks closely at investment shares over time for market analysis, forecasting, and decision-making in the private sector. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/econ/aces/report/2013/csr.html#>.
Back to School — June 19 — After a nice summer break, students will prepare to return to school for the 2013-14 academic year. This fact sheet presents statistics from demographic and economic subject areas pertaining to teachers, students and the reopening of our country's schools in late summer. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff17.html>.
Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for June — Profile America included junior achievement in "Patently Precocious" (June 18) and pushing some buzz-kill in "Veto the Mosquito" (June 27). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio>.
New Infographic Focuses on Child Care — June 24 — Child care arrangements is a significant issue for employed parents, their relatives, care providers, policy makers and anyone concerned about children. A new "How Do We Know?" infographic, "Child Care: An Important Part of American Life," uses results from the 2011 Survey of Income and Program Participation and 2007 Economic Census to show how many children (by age) are in some type of arrangement, the kinds of arrangements they are in, the amount spent on care, and how child care facilities are distributed across the country. How Do We Know? Infographics: <http://www.census.gov/how/>.