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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Nov. 1, 2013 TP13-21


Note: Economic Indicators — A revised release calendar for the indicators is now available.


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

2010-2012 American Community Survey Statistics — The latest statistics from the American Community Survey will be released for populations of 20,000 or more. The Census Bureau uses information from three years of data collection in order to have updated and reliable statistics for smaller areas. In addition to the statistics, the Census Bureau is releasing Home Value and Homeownership Rates: Recession and Post-Recession Comparisons From 2007-2009 to 2010-2012. This brief uses the three-year statistics to focus on small areas' homeownership rates and median housing values. (The news release and statistics will be embargoed for subscribers beginning 10 a.m. Nov. 12 EST for public release at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 14 EST.)


Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2012 — The third annual report from the Census Bureau describing research on this measure, which complements, but does not replace, the official measure. The report compares U.S. 2012 supplemental poverty estimates with 2012 official poverty estimates for numerous demographic groups. In addition to the national-level statistics, the report presents supplemental poverty estimates for states using three-year averages (2010-2012). It also compares national 2011 supplemental poverty estimates with 2012 supplemental poverty estimates and examines the effect of excluding individual resource or expenditure elements. (Scheduled for release Nov. 6.)

America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2013 — The tables provide information on the social and economic characteristics of families and households at the national level. (Scheduled for release Nov. 25.)

Geographical Mobility: 2013 — A collection of national- and regional-level tables from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey. The tables describe the movement of people in the United States, including type of move, why they moved, distance moved and characteristics of those who moved one year earlier. (Schedule for release in mid-November.)

Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2011 — This biennial report focuses on the child support income that the nation's custodial parents reported receiving from noncustodial parents living elsewhere and other types of support, such as health insurance and noncash assistance. New to this year's report is information on how the extent of a child's contact with the noncustodial parent influences whether the custodial parent receives the full amount of child support due. The data, from the Current Population Survey, are national-level only. (Scheduled for release in November.)


Economic Indicators — A revised release calendar for the indicators is now available

Business Dynamics Statistics Visualization Tool — This online tool has three major components: an interactive thematic map for the 50 states, interactive bar charts that give side-by-side comparisons of states and sectors, and an interactive time series that also gives side-by-side comparisons over a range of time.

Coverage contained in the Business Dynamics Statistics ranges from 1977 to 2011 and provides insight to job creation and loss during the most recent recession and before. Economic measures such as employment, number of establishments and number of firms can be analyzed for a single year or multiple years. (Scheduled for release Nov. 21.)

Facts for Features

Holiday Season (Dec. 25) — To commemorate this time of year, the Census Bureau is releasing a collection of facts and figures related to Christmas (Dec. 25), Hanukkah (Nov. 27-Dec. 5) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1). (Scheduled for release in November.)

Training Opportunities

Statistical Agencies Host Symposium on Federal Statistics — As part of the celebration of the International Year of Statistics, representatives from the federal statistical agencies are hosting a symposium on Nov. 13 and 14 that will highlight the variety of federal statistics and the statistical careers available in the public sector. The Symposium of the U.S. Statistical Agencies will be held at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

The two-day event will allow attendees to learn about the federal statistical agencies, the range of statistics each produces as well as how to pursue a career as a government statistician. Sessions will focus on the nation's economy, health statistics, statistics for journalists and government's use of APIs (application programming interfaces), mobile apps, data visualization and infographics.

Attending the conference is free, but you must register in advance. More information can be found at: <>.

Census Bureau Offers Training Opportunities — Webinars are available to help the public access and use Census Bureau statistics. These free sessions, lasting about 60 to 90 minutes, show how to use Census databases and mapping tools, find demographic and economic statistics at a local or national level and provide quick links for answers to frequently asked questions about accessing statistics.

The following courses are offered in the next few weeks:

  • Go Global Webinar Series: Avoiding and Solving Problems — International Trade Administration (Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m. ET)
  • What Do You Know About Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files? (Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m. ET)
  • Foreign Trade Regulations Town Hall Webinar (Thursday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m. ET)
  • How to Navigate American FactFinder (Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m. ET)
  • Accessing Employment Statistics Using "OnTheMap" Webinar (Wednesday, Oct. 2, 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.

Archived Training Resources — Visit the Census Bureau's new Training Resources Library for free, previously recorded trainings that are available for use at your convenience. The library includes presentations, recorded webinars, tutorials and other helpful materials.



Profile America for November — Profile America segments include an iconic speech in "Seven Score and Ten Years Ago" (Nov. 4) and going nuts in "Peanut Butter Lover's Month" (Nov. 10).

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 Oct. 18, 2013)

2010 Census

Population, Housing Units, Land Area, and Density for U.S. Island Areas: 2010 Census (CPH-T-8) — Oct. 28 — This product provides tables showing population and housing unit counts, land area in square miles, and the average population and average housing units per square mile of land area, for each of the four U.S. Island Areas (American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Statistics are provided for places, as well as U.S. Virgin Islands estates. Internet address: <>.

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


Population Clock: New Feature — Oct. 24 — The U.S. Census Bureau released an updated version of the population clock, one of the most widely visited features on the website. The population clock's "Select a Date" feature now provides users with daily population estimate for dates back to April 1, 1980. The population clock displays continuously updated projections of the total U.S. population, including the rate of births, deaths and net migration. The clock also provides an age and sex population pyramid and a graph showing the population of U.S. regions. These features allow users to see how these measures have changed over time. Additionally, users can interact with tables displaying the most populous states, cities and counties in the United States. The clock provides not only a continuously updated world population total but also a list of the 10 most populous countries, with easy access to more world population statistics. Internet address: <>.

Income and Earnings Estimates for 2011 — Oct. 22 — This table package presents annual and monthly income and earnings estimates at the individual, family and household level for 2011 from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Annual and monthly estimates by selected demographic characteristics, such as gender, race and ethnicity, age, marital status and highest level of educational attainment, are reported. This survey collects information over a period of time on the incomes, earnings and the participation in government programs of the non-institutionalized U.S. population. Internet address: <>.

Facts for Features

Veterans Day: Nov. 11 — Oct. 31 — The Census Bureau will honor those who served in the armed forces by highlighting a wide range of statistical information on U.S. veterans. Internet address: <>.

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November — Oct. 31 — To commemorate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, the Census Bureau has compiled a list of statistics about this race group. Internet address: <>.



Profile America for October — Profile America included extra toppings in "America Pie" (Oct. 18) and on the ball in "The Write Stuff" (Oct. 29). Internet address: <>.

"Workplace Skills: How Americans Rank" Live on the C-SPAN's "America by the Numbers" Segment of "Washington Journal" — U.S. adults scored below the international average in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in digital environments. Japan and Finland scored highest. On Oct. 25 at 9:15 a.m. EDT, Jack Buckley, commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, discussed statistics about the work and life skills of American adults compared with their international peers. 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