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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Sept. 6, 2013 TP13-18


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 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. 9.)

American Community Survey: 2012 — Data collected in 2012 from the nation's most comprehensive survey provide statistics on more than 40 demographic, social, 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.)


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.

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base Update — This compilation of data from 219 countries or areas on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths is updated to include new statistics for more than 100 countries. Major updates include new statistics for China, Ghana, Ethiopia, India and Cameroon. The database focuses on HIV/AIDS statistics for countries and areas with at least 5,000 population, with the exception of Northern America (including the United States) and U.S. territories. (Scheduled for release in September.)


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 <>. (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: <>.(Scheduled for release on Sept. 24.)

2012 Census of Governments: Revised Counts of Governments and Individual State Descriptions — The updated counts of governments are a complete enumeration of state and local governments that were in existence on June 30, 2012. These counts are an update to the August 2012 preliminary release and reflect the final enumeration of governments from the 2012 Census of Governments. Conducted every five years, the census of governments provides the only uniform source of statistics for the nation's state and local governments. These statistics allow for in-depth trend analysis of individual governments and provide a complete, comprehensive and authoritative benchmark of state and local government activity.

In conjunction with this release, the Individual State Descriptions publication provides summaries of the organizational structure for each state. The summaries are divided according to the five basic types of local governments recognized for the Census Bureau's classification of government entities — county, municipal, township, school district and special district governments. (Scheduled for release on Sept. 26.)

Facts for Features

Halloween Oct. 31 — 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's 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.)

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November — To commemorate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage month the Census Bureau has compiled a list of statistics pertaining to the American Indian and Alaska Native population. (Scheduled for release in late September.)

Veterans Day: Nov. 11 — The U.S. Census Bureau will honor those who served in the armed forces by highlighting a wide range of statistical information on U.S. veterans. (Scheduled for release in late September.)

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: 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)
  • The Current Population Survey and Survey of Income and Program Participation (Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • Go Global Webinar Series: Understanding Export Regulations - Export Administration Regulations (Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • 2013 Economic Indicator Webinar Series: New Residential Construction and Sales (Wednesday, Sept. 25, 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 September — Profile America segments include the main grain in "Rice Month" (Sept. 11) and living long in "Centenarians Day" (Sept. 22).

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 Aug. 23, 2013)


Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States: 2011 — Sept. 5 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Married-Couple Households by Nativity Status: 2011 — Sept. 5 — 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. Internet address: <>.

School Enrollment in the United States: 2012 — Sept. 3 — 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. Internet address: <>.

School Enrollment in the United States: 2011 — Sept. 3 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE): 2011 — Aug. 29 — 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. Internet address: <>.

America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2012 — Aug. 27 — 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. Internet address: <>.


Industry Statistics Portal — Sept. 3 — 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) are now 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. Internet address: <>.



Profile America for August and September — Profile America included going with the flow in "On Tap" (Aug. 27) and a fungi favorite in "Mushroom Festival" (Sept. 6). 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