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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

July 12, 2013 TP13-14


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. (Scheduled for release July 22.)

American Community Survey

2011 Language Mapper — Illustrates the geographic concentration of speakers of 15 individual languages, such as Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabic. The mapper, which uses data from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-year estimates, also shows, for each of these languages, the concentration of those who do not speak English proficiently. The Mapper permits you to zoom in to create population density maps for local areas for speakers of each language. (Scheduled for release July 30.)

Language Use in the United States: 2011 — These statistics in this report cover the number of people speaking specific languages and their English-speaking ability by selected demographic characteristics. The data are provided for the nation, states and metropolitan and micropolitan areas. Based on American Community Survey data. (Scheduled for release July 30.)


Census Bureau Develops Tool for Assessing Ability of Developing Countries to Conduct Censuses and Household Surveys — The U.S. Census Bureau announces the availability of its Tool for Assessing Statistical Capacity (TASC). The TASC, sponsored by U.S. Agency for International Development measures the overall capacity of a country's national statistical office to conduct population and housing censuses or surveys. (Schedule for release July 29.)


2011 Annual Surveys of State and Local Government Finances — These statistics include information on revenues, expenditures, debt, and cash and security holdings for state and local governments. (Scheduled for release July 24.)

Facts for Features

Unmarried and Single Americans Week (Sept. 15-21) — The third full week of September recognizes the nation's unmarried Americans with an array of statistics about this group from the Census Bureau's demographic and economic subject areas. (Scheduled for release in July.)

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) — During this monthlong observance, our nation celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The Census Bureau joins in the celebration with this fact sheet presenting a range of updated statistics describing the demographic state of the nation's Latino population. (Scheduled for release in July.)

Labor Day — The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York for a parade. This Facts for Features presents a wide array of statistical information for this national holiday — which pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers. (Scheduled for release in July.)

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:

  • Go Global Webinar Series: Finding Buyers and Making Contacts — Foreign Agricultural Service (Tuesday, July 16, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • Accessing Employment Statistics Using "OnTheMap" (Wednesday, July 24, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • Go Global Webinar Series: Trade Financing — Small Business Administration and Export-Import Bank (Tuesday, July 30, 1 p.m. EDT)

Descriptions for each of the upcoming sessions are available on our educational resourcespage. No registration is needed to join the webinar. Login details will be provided one week before a webinar.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for July and August — Profile America segments include taking the public's pulse in "Opinion Research" (July 25) and letter-perfect in "First Mailboxes" (Aug. 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 June 28, 2013)

2010 Census

2010 Census Tribal Tract Reference Map — July 2 — 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 <>.


American Housing Survey Fact Sheets for the U.S. and Selected Metropolitan Areas — July 11 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Survey of Market Absorption 2012 Characteristics Report — July 1 — 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 <>.

Facts for Features

Grandparents Day: Sept. 8 — July 8 — Celebrated every year since 1978, to honor our nation's grandparents. This edition of the Census Bureau Facts for Features presents updates of statistics about their role in our society. Internet address: <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for June — Profile America included paving with good intentions in "Getting Up To Speed" (June 29) and pursuing happiness in "Taking Liberties." Internet address: <>.

"Travel and Tourism Spending," Live on the C-SPAN's "America by the Numbers" Segment of "Washington Journal" — Spending on travel and tourism, adjusted for inflation, shot up 6.8 percent in the first three months of this year, outpacing growth in the overall U.S. economy. On July 5, Paul Kern, a branch chief at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, discussed statistics about travel and tourism spending and employment. 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 <>.

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