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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

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

Nov. 27, 2013 TP13-23


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

2008-2012 American Community Survey Statistics — Statistics that cover five years of data collection will be available for all places, including many neighborhoods. A new interactive mapping tool - which will also include statistics from the 1990 and 2000 censuses - will show different characteristics about states, counties and neighborhoods. There will be no embargo associated with this release. (Scheduled for release Dec. 17.)


2012 Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin Table Packages — These tables from the 2012 Current Population Survey will include detailed social and economic statistics for age groups, the Hispanic population, the black population and the Asian population. These tables are also available for previous years and are only available at the national level. (Tentatively scheduled for release Dec. 10.)

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates: 2012 — Available for roughly 3,140 counties and nearly 14,000 school districts, these statistics represent the only current, single-year income and poverty statistics available for all sizes of counties and school districts. (Tentatively scheduled for release Dec. 11.)

Facts for Features

Black History Month: February — To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, the Census Bureau presents a collection of demographic and economic statistics about the black community. (Tentatively scheduled for release in December.)

Training Opportunities

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:

  • Accessing Block Group Data with the American Community Survey Summary File (Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m.)
  • Foreign Trade Regulation Town Hall Webinar (Thursday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m.)

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 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 and December — Profile America segments include a fact of matter in "Splitting the Atom" (Dec. 2) and the loan arranger in "Federal Reserve" (Dec. 23).

The daily features are available at <>, with download options for MP3 (including podcast subscription) and WAV or zip files for the entire month (MP3).

"Government's Role in the Arts" Live on the C-SPAN's "America by the Numbers" Segment of "Washington Journal" — More than two-thirds of American adults accessed art via electronic media. Find out more on Nov. 29 at approximately 9:20 a.m. EST as Sunil Iyengar, research and analysis director at the National Endowments for the Arts, discusses U.S. adult population taking part in at least one kind of arts activity. 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 <>.


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

Recently Released

(Released since Nov. 15, 2013)


Urban Areas in the United States and Puerto Rico: 2010 — Nov. 26 — 2010 Census population and housing unit counts, total area and land area in square miles, population and housing units per square mile, and the count of population inside and outside metropolitan/micropolitan statistical areas for each of the nation's 486 urbanized areas and 3,087 urban clusters are now available. Internet address: <>.

Data Visualization: HIV/AIDS Impact in Africa — Nov. 26 — To mark World AIDS Day 2013 on Dec. 1, the U.S. Census Bureau released data visualizations that depict the impact that HIV/AIDS has made on the population of 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Data on HIV and AIDS prevalence for most countries are available from the Census Bureau's HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base.

America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2013 — Nov. 25 — The tables provide information on the social and economic characteristics of families and households at the national level. Internet address: <>.

Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2011 — Nov. 20 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Geographical Mobility: 2013 — Nov. 18 &mash; 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. Internet address: <>.


Some New Residential Construction Information Postponed — Nov. 22 — Due to the recent lapse in federal funding, the Census Bureau has announced revisions to the release date for the September and October New Residential Construction indicator's housing starts and housing completions statistics. The monthly New Residential Construction indicator includes statistics on building permits, housing starts and housing completions. On Nov. 26 at 8:30 a.m., the Census Bureau will release estimates of housing units authorized by building permits in September and October. However, the release of new housing unit starts and housing unit completions will now be released on Dec. 18. More information about New Residential Construction can be found on the Census Bureau's website.

Economic Products — Nov. 22 — A revised release calendar for the 2013 non-economic indicator statistics is now available. A revised release calendar for the economic indicators was also previously released.

Business Dynamics Statistics Visualization Tool — Nov. 21 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Facts for Features

Holiday Season (Dec. 25) — Nov. 27 — 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). Internet address: <>.



Profile America for November — Profile America included pushing your buttons in "Touch-Tone Phones" (Nov. 3) and the time of our lives in "Getting in the Zone" (Nov. 11). Internet address: <>.


Infographic Profiles Young Adults Without Health Insurance — Nov. 21 — In 2012, 27 percent of young adults (ages 19 to 34) lacked health insurance, although the rate varied widely from state to state, according to a new Census Bureau infographic, "The Young and Uninsured in 2012." The infographic looks at the characteristics of this group and their uninsured rate in states and the largest metropolitan areas. The analysis uses American Community Survey data collected from 2008 to 2012. Internet address: <>.


Find Your Ideal Place with Census Bureau's Newest App — Nov. 26 — A new mobile app named "dwellr" can help people on the go access key demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics for thousands of places across the nation. Users can also learn more about where they are by a simple tap of the screen that reveals educational levels, housing values and total population drawn from the American Community Survey. 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