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2013 Product Calendar — The Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product expected to be released in 2014. The products are listed in the Census Bureau's online product calendar, which will be updated as needed throughout the year.
Puerto Rico Community Survey Statistics in Spanish — Statistics from the 2012 Puerto Rico Community Survey will be released in Spanish via the Census Bureau's American FactFinder data access tool. The release will include 2012 one-year statistics for areas with populations of 65,000 or more, three-year statistics derived from data collected from 2010 to 2012 for geographic areas with populations of 20,000 or more, and five-year statistics covering 2008-2012 for all areas regardless of population size. These statistics have previously been released in English. More than 40 topics will be available including local statistics that cover educational attainment, housing, employment, commuting, veterans status, health insurance and selected monthly homeowner costs. (Scheduled for release Jan. 23.)
Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials — The Census Bureau's first-ever report on the number and characteristics of adults with educational credentials other than academic degrees, such as a professional certification or license, or educational certificate. The data, based on the Survey of Income and Program Participation, pertain to fall 2012. (Scheduled for release Jan. 16.)
National and State Population Estimates with Components of Change: July 1, 2013 — Population estimates will be available on American FactFinder for the nation, states and Puerto Rico. The estimates will include annual components of change (births, deaths and migration) as well as monthly national estimates since the 2010 Census. (Scheduled for release Jan. 23.)
Computer and Internet Use: 2012 — Based on Current Population Survey statistics from July 2012, the Computer and Internet Access in the United States infographic provides household and individual level analysis of computer use and Internet access, as well as a profile of individual smartphone usage. A set of tables will accompany the infographic. (Tentatively scheduled for release Jan. 30.)
American Community Survey Migration Statistics — These migration products, based on statistics from the American Community Survey, show how many U.S. residents during the course of a year moved from one county to another. They include the 2007-2011 data tables (the County-to-County Migration File) that present such information by educational attainment and individual income and personal income, as well as the Census Flows Mapper, an interactive mapping application that allows the user to visualize these data by educational attainment and income. Also included is a PowerPoint tutorial on how to use the flows file and mapper and a working paper analyzing findings. (Embargo begins Feb. 5; release date Feb. 6.)
Educational Attainment in the United States: 2012 — This report, based on the Current Population Survey, provides a portrait of academic achievement by demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, average earnings, and Hispanic origin. The report also includes detailed information on years of school completed, showing how many years of education adults have completed for each level of attainment. A variety of historical time series tables going back to 1940 are also provided, as are graphs illustrating historical data. (Scheduled for release in early February.)
Annual Survey of State Government Finances: 2012 — Annual statistics show detailed summaries of state revenue (such as taxes, federal aid and lottery receipts), expenditures (such as public welfare, highways, and parks and recreation), indebtedness and assets. (Scheduled for release Jan. 23.)
Valentine's Day: Feb. 14 — To celebrate this holiday, the Census Bureau highlights a range of information including statistics on chocolates, flowers, jewelry and marriage. (Scheduled for release Jan. 14.)
Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick's Day (March 17) — You may not find a pot of gold at the end of this edition of Facts for Features, but you will find it useful and informative nonetheless. It is filled with statistical information from the Census Bureau's demographic and economic subject areas on the nation's Irish-American population and other facets of this celebration of all things Irish. (Scheduled for release Jan. 15.)
Super Bowl XLVIII (Feb. 2) — Super Bowl Sunday has become a de facto national holiday and has evolved into the nation's most-watched television broadcast each year. This year's Facts for Features includes comparisons of "small-market" versus "big-market" teams and their relative success in the Super Bowl, as well as demographic breakdowns of the two cities participating in this year's big game. (Scheduled for release late January.)
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. (Scheduled for release in January.)
Women's History Month: March 2014 — In commemoration of this annual observance highlighting and celebrating the varied and historic accomplishments of women, this edition provides statistical information on topics such as earnings, education, business ownership, voting, occupations, military service and marriage. (Scheduled for release in January.)
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 weeks:
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 January and February — Profile America segments include speaking dollars and sense in "Financial Wellness Month" (Jan. 14) and "Black History Month" (Feb. 1).
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/>.
Find Your Ideal Place with Census Bureau's Newest App — A Census Bureau 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: <http://www.census.gov/mobile/>.
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: <http://www.census.gov/mobile/economy/>.
(Released since Dec. 27, 2013)
Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Poverty 2009-2011 — Jan. 7 — Analytical report on the duration of poverty spells and the frequency of transitions into and out of poverty based on the Survey of Income and Program Participation. It focuses on episodic and chronic poverty, length of poverty, exits from poverty and the characteristics of the affected population. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/poverty/cb14-05.html>.
Estimates of State Voting-Age Population: July 1, 2013 — Jan. 2 — Estimates of the number of people 18 and older in each state, Puerto Rico and the U.S. The downloadable file will also include total population and the percentage of people 18 and older. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/popest/data/datasets.html>.
State Population Estimates: July 1, 2013 — Dec. 30 — Internet table shows July 1, 2013, population estimates for the nation, states and Puerto Rico, as well as corresponding annual estimates since the 2010 Census. (Estimates of components of change and monthly national population will be made available in a separate release Jan. 23.) Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb13-tps111.html>.
New Year's Day Population — Dec. 30 — The Census Bureau rung in the year with its annual projection of the nation's population for Jan. 1, 2014. The release included birth, death and net international migration rates, as well as a projection of the world population. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb13-tps112.html>.
Profile America for December and January — Profile America included biting off more in "Chewing Gum" (Dec. 28) and beyond skin-deep in "Judged on Character" ((Jan. 6)). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio>.
Infographics Highlight the History and Measurement of Poverty — A new infographic, "Poverty: The History of a Measure," presents a timeline of major milestones in the Census Bureau's effort to measure poverty since President Johnson's January 1964 declaration of his "War on Poverty" 50 years ago.
A companion infographic, "How Census Measures Poverty," examines differences between the nation's official poverty measure and the supplemental poverty measure, which includes accounting for government programs designed for low-income families and individuals.