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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Aug. 9, 2013 TP13-16


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

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Employment Reports — Two reports will examine the characteristics of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math workforce. One highlights changes in STEM employment by sex, race and Hispanic origin from 1970 to 2011. The second report looks at the relationship between science and engineering education and employment in a STEM occupation. Along with the reports, table packages and an infographic will be released. These statistics are based on 2011 American Community Survey data and have not been compiled by the Census Bureau since the 1970s. (Tentatively scheduled for release Sept. 4.)

Married-Couple Households by Nativity Status: 2011 — This brief, based on data collected from the American Community Survey, examines the number and geographic distribution of mixed-nativity married-couple households in the United States. Three types of married-couple households are considered: the husband and wife are both native-born; both are born outside the U.S.; and at least one spouse is foreign-born. (Tentatively scheduled for release Aug. 29.)


America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2012 — Report uses data from the 2012 Current Population Survey and 2011 American Community Survey to provide an updated picture of the composition of families and households and describe living arrangements in the U.S. Discusses topics such as the effect of the recession on families, young adults living in their parents' home, same-sex couple households and stay-at-home parents. (Tentatively scheduled for release late August/early September.)

School Enrollment in the United States: 2012 — National-level tables from the Current Population Survey on the characteristics of children and adults enrolled in school at all levels ─ from nursery to graduate school. Among the characteristics examined are age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, nativity and foreign-born parentage. (Tentatively scheduled for release Aug. 28.)

School Enrollment in the United States: 2011 — Report examines the characteristics of people enrolled in school at all levels using statistics from the Current Population Survey, American Community Survey and federal sources outside the Census Bureau. It covers some topics not typically covered in Census Bureau reports, such as Head Start, charter schools, home schooling and receipt of financial aid. Mostly national-level data, but contains a limited amount at the state level. (Tentatively scheduled for release Aug. 28.)

Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE): 2011 — The estimates show the number of people with and without health insurance coverage for all states and each of the nation's roughly 3,140 counties. The statistics are provided by broad age group, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and at income levels that reflect thresholds for state and federal assistance programs. The SAHIE program is the only source of single-year health insurance estimates for every county in the U.S. (Tentatively scheduled for release Aug. 29.)

Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States: 2011 — Presents national-level data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation on a variety of such measures. These include possession of specific types of appliances and electronic goods, housing conditions, neighborhood conditions and community services, the ability to meet basic needs and the expectation of help in meeting these needs — if necessary — from friends, family and the community. These measures are compared by various demographic characteristics, as well as over time. (Tentatively scheduled for release Sept. 5.)


2011 Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State and Locally-Administrated Defined Benefits Data Summary Report — This report provides statistics on revenues, expenditures, financial assets and membership information for public employee retirement systems. Statistics are shown for retirement systems at the national, state and local government level. This publication presents data on public pension systems based on information collected from the 2011 Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data. (Scheduled for release Aug. 22.)

Annual Survey of Public Employment and Payroll Summary Report: 2011 — This summary report provides statistics from the revised 2011 estimates for the employment of nearly 90,000 state and local governments in the United States. It shows statistics on the number of state and local government civilian employees and their gross payrolls for the month of March 2011. Statistics include government functions such as education, fire protection and police protection. Statistics are available for the nation and individual states. (Scheduled for release Aug. 22.)

Facts for Features

Halloween Oct. 31, 2013 — Which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago has today evolved into a community-based celebration characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns. In the spirit of Halloween, this edition of the Census Bureau Facts for Features presents a wide array of new and updated statistical information. (Scheduled for release Sept. 10.)

Training Opportunities

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: Trade Financing — Small Business Administration (SBA) and Export-Import Bank (Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • 2013 Economic Indicator Webinar Series: Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services (Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • How to Navigate American FactFinder (Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • The Economic Census and Other Economic Programs (Thursday, Aug. 22, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • Go Global Webinar Series: Documentation and Shipping (Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • Understanding Census Geography (Thursday, Aug. 29, 1 p.m. EDT)

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



Profile America for August and September — Profile America segments include stinging just a little in "Immunization Month" (Aug. 21) and those who toil in "Labor Day" (Sept. 2).

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 19 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Internet address: <>.

Recently Released

(Released since July 26, 2013)

American Community Survey

2011 Language Mapper — Aug. 6 — Illustrates the geographic concentration of speakers of 15 individual languages, such as Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabic. The mapper, which uses data collected during the American Community Survey from 2007 to 2011, 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. Internet address: <>.

Language Use in the United States: 2011 — Aug. 6 — The 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. Internet address: <>.

When Off-Campus College Students are Excluded, Poverty Rates Fall in Many College Towns — July 29 — A new working paper, Examining the Effect of Off-Campus College Students on Poverty Rates, found significant changes to poverty rates when off-campus students were excluded, especially for cities with large student populations. The paper, from data collected during the American Community Survey from 2009 to 2011, analyzes the impact of college students who are not living with relatives on the poverty rates of states, counties, and places where the schools are located. Forty-nine cities (with populations greater than 100,000) had significant declines in poverty rates when off-campus college students were excluded. The working paper includes an extensive set of tables showing poverty rates with and without off-campus college students for all states and for all counties and places with populations greater than 20,000. For more information, read the Random Samplings blog post. Internet address: <>.

2010 Census

U.S. Island Areas: 2010 Census Detailed Crosstabulations (Part 1) — July 31 — This file contains 2010 Census data showing crosstabulations of demographic, social, economic and housing characteristics. Social and economic characteristics are crosstabulated by age, sex, ethnic origin or race (in the Pacific Islands) and race and Hispanic or Latino origin (in the U.S. Virgin Islands). Housing characteristics are crosstabulated by age of householder, household income in 2009, household size, tenure, units in structure and year structure built. The detailed crosstabulations are presented at the Island Area level. There is a separate file for each of the Island Areas, which include American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Another set of detailed crosstabulations (part 2) will be released later.

The detailed crosstabulations (part 1) can be accessed directly from the following links:

  • American Samoa
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Guam
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

For more information about 2010 Census products for the U.S. Island Areas, please visit the online press kit.


Income and Earnings Estimates for 1st Quarter 2012 — Aug. 6 — Using the two most recent waves (11 and 12) from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation panel, this table package presents income and earnings estimates at the individual, family and household level for the first quarter (January, February and March) of 2012. Quarterly estimates by selected demographic characteristics, such as gender, race/ethnicity, age, marital status and highest level of educational attainment are also provided. In addition, this table package presents monthly income and earnings estimates for individuals, families and households. Internet addresses:

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Income page: <>
Earnings page: <>

Census Bureau Develops Tool for Assessing Ability of Developing Countries to Conduct Censuses and Household Surveys — July 29 — The Tool for Assessing Statistical Capacity (TASC) funded by the 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. Internet address: <>.


2011 Business Dynamics Statistics — Aug. 1 — This U.S. Census Bureau brief highlights the most recent update to the Business Dynamics Statistics, which found that young firms were disproportionally affected in the recent recession, particularly in states with large declines in home prices. The report concludes that declines in home prices compounded the negative impact of the recession on job creation and growth and that this is important to understanding the depth of the decline and the status of the recovery. The Business Dynamics Statistics provide annual statistics from 1976 to 2011 by firm age and size, which is crucial to understanding current and historical U.S. entrepreneurial activity. The statistics come from a collaboration between the Census Bureau's Center for Economic Studies and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest American nonprofit organization that focuses on entrepreneurship.
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Further information on the Business Dynamics Statistics release can be found at <>.

2012 Census of Governments: Finance — Survey of Public Pensions: State-Administered Defined Benefit Data — Aug. 1 — Provides a comprehensive look at the financial activity of the nation's state-administered defined benefit retirement systems, including cash and investment holdings, receipts, payments, and membership information. Shows employee and government contributions as well as pension obligations. Statistics are shown at the national level and for individual states. Internet address: <>.

Facts for Features

Unmarried and Single Americans Week (Sept. 15-21) — July 30 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) — July 30 — 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. Internet address: <>.



Profile America for August — Profile America included what's in store for Mom and Pop in "Parents' Day" (July 28) and the national interest in "Full Faith and Credit" (Aug. 4). Internet address: <>.

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