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Aug. 23, 2013 TP13-17

Upcoming

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 in August/September.)

American Community Survey: 2012 — Data collected in 2012 from the nation's most comprehensive survey provide statistics on more than 40 demographic, socio-economic and housing topics. Some of the topics covered include income, poverty, health insurance, educational attainment, the commute to work, the foreign-born population, language spoken at home, ancestry, occupation, number of vehicles available and housing costs. These statistics will be available for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district and all counties, places and metropolitan areas with populations of 65,000 or more. In addition to the statistics available from the American FactFinder data tool, a set of analytical briefs with American Community Survey statistics will be available on income, poverty and health insurance coverage. The annual American Community Survey gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. The Census Bureau will hold a Web conference discussing the upcoming release of the 2012 American Community Survey statistics. The webinar is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT on Sept. 12. (The news release will be embargoed for subscribers beginning 2 p.m. Sept. 17 EDT for public release at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 19 EDT.)

Demographic

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. It 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. (Scheduled for release Aug. 27.)

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.)

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 in August/September.)

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 in August/September.)

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.)

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage: 2012 — On Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. EDT, the Census Bureau will hold a Web news conference to announce findings from the official report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage for the nation based on the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the 2013 Current Population Survey. The Web conference will consist of a simultaneous audio conference and online presentation. Web conference information will be available closer to the conference date.

Economic

Industry Statistics Portal — This new Web application, which replaces the existing Industry Statistics Sampler, provides easy access to all Census Bureau programs that release statistics for a user-selected industry, as classified by the North American Industry Classification System. Census Bureau business and industry statistics dating back to 1997 (according to the 2007 classification) will be available on the new application.

The Industry Statistics Portal provides direct links to the relevant statistics released on American FactFinder, as well as a direct link to the Industry Snapshot for the industry. The application also provides industry definitions and information on historical comparability. (Scheduled for release Sept 3.)

Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions for 2013: 2nd Quarter — This quarterly 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/>. (Scheduled for release Sept. 23.)

Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue for 2013: 2nd Quarter — 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/>.(Scheduled for release on Sept. 24.)

Facts for Features

Halloween Oct. 31, 2013 — Halloween, 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.)

Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 28 — This release highlights a wide range of statistics pertaining to the traditional gatherings that take place on this national day of giving thanks. (Scheduled for release Sept. 26.)

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: Documentation and Shipping (Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • Understanding Census Geography (Thursday, Aug. 29, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • Introduction to the American Community Survey (Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • Foreign Trade Regulations Town Hall Webinar (Thursday, Sept. 5, 2 p.m. EDT)
  • Go Global Webinar Series: Understanding Export Regulations - Foreign Trade Regulations (Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • 2013 Economic Indicator Webinar Series: Quarterly Services Survey (Wednesday, Sept. 11, 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.

Multimedia

Audio

Profile America for August and September — Profile America segments include a snacking staple in "Crunch Time" (Aug. 24) and hitting the road in "Lincoln Highway" (Sept. 10).

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/>.

Apps

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: <http://www.census.gov/mobile/>.

Recently Released

(Released since August 9, 2013)

Online Availability of 113th Congressional District Wall Maps — Aug. 14 — The individual 113th congressional district wall maps show the boundaries of the each district along with city, town, county, American Indian reservation and state boundaries. The maps also include major features such as roads, rivers and military installations. Each map has a profile of the district based on data from the 2010 Census. Each map is 27" x 40" and can be found on the 113th Congressional District Wall Maps website. Maps are available for each of the 435 congressional districts.

Economic

Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data Summary Report: 2011 — Aug. 22 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/governments/cb13-tps79.html>.

Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll Summary Report: 2011 — Aug. 22 — 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.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/governments/cb13-tps79.html>.

Updates to Census Bureau's TIGER Products — Aug. 22 — The Census Bureau's Geography Division released two sets of Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing products this week: the 2013 TIGER/Line shapefiles and the TIGER geodatabases. Both are extracts of the Master Address File/TIGER database and can be used with Geographic Information System software to map census geographic areas and features such as roads and rivers. The TIGER/Line shapefiles are updated yearly, and this version includes a new coastline feature. The TIGER geodatabases include national- and state-based files often requested by customers and provide the ability to download multiple layers in a single file. Both the 2013 TIGER/Line shapefiles and the TIGER geodatabases can be downloaded from the TIGER Products web page.

Facts for Features

The 50th Anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" Speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: Aug. 28 — 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: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff22.html>.

Multimedia

Audio

Profile America for August — Profile America included included a museum piece in "Nation's Knick-Knack's" (Aug. 10) and a fresh start in "We Have Ignition" (Aug. 19). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio>.

News releases, reports, statistical tables and radio transcripts are available on the Public Information Office’s Web page at <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/>. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office at 301-763-3030; or email <pio@census.gov>.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: August 11, 2014