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


Feb. 7, 2014 TP14-03

Upcoming

2014 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 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.

Coming Soon, A New Census.gov — The Census Bureau is redesigning its website to provide easier access to statistics on America's people, places and economy. Look for a preview of the new site in mid-February, with a final version coming in a few months.

American Community Survey

American Community Survey Brief: Noncitizens Under Age 35: 2010-2012 — This brief uses multiyear data from the American Community Survey to present demographic and socio-economic information about the noncitizen population under age 35. (Tentatively scheduled for release Feb. 19.)

Demographic

Estimates of Income and Earnings by Selected Demographic Characteristics: 2012 Second Quarter — Using data collected by the Survey of Income and Program Participation, this table package presents income and earnings statistics at the individual, family and household level for the second quarter (April, May and June) of 2012. Quarterly statistics by selected demographic characteristics, such as gender, race/ethnicity, age, marital status and highest level of educational attainment, are also provided. In addition, this table package presents monthly income and earnings statistics for individuals, families and households. (Tentatively scheduled for release in February.)

Facts for Features

Women's History Month: March — 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 February.)

Earth Day: April 22 — Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for our planet's natural environment. The day came from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day — and Earth Week (April 16-22) — this edition of Profile America Facts for Features includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment. (Scheduled for release in late February.)

Older Americans Month: May — To commemorate Older Americans Month, the Census Bureau has compiled a list of statistics pertaining to our senior citizens. This edition provides updated statistical information on topics such as earnings, education, voting, homeownership, military service and marital status. (Scheduled for release in March.)

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 weeks:

  • Economic Indicator Webinar Series: Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipment, Inventories, and Orders (AdvM3) & Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) (Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1 to 2 p.m. EST)
  • Economic Indicator Webinar Series: Housing Vacancies and Homeownership (HVS)(Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1 to 2 p.m. EST)

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.

Multimedia

Radio

Profile America for February — Profile America segments include it was 50 years ago today in "Meet the Beatles" (Feb. 9) and an industry's head of steam in "Making Tracks" (Feb. 28).

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).

TV

"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

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/>.

Recently Released

(Released since Jan. 24, 2014)

Census Bureau Employee Recognized in Federal Computer Week's Fed 100 — Feb. 7 — Lisa Wolfisch, the U.S. Census Bureau's chief of the Web and Social Media Branch in the Center for New Media & Promotions, has been named to Federal Computer Week's 2014 Fed 100. The award highlights federal workers' contributions to the IT community. Wolfisch has overseen Census Bureau product launches including the dwellr mobile app, the My Congressional District Web app, and the Census Bureau's Open Data Application Programming Interface.

American Community Survey

American Community Survey Migration Statistics — Feb. 6 — Population estimates are available on American FactFinder for the nation, states and Puerto Rico. The estimates include annual components of change (births, deaths and migration) as well as monthly national estimates since the 2010 Census. 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, individual and household 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb14-25.html>.

2010-2012 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample Files Now Available — Feb. 6 — The Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files for the 2012 American Community Survey three-year statistics are now available for users to create their own tabulations. The files contain a 3 percent sample of the housing unit universe while protecting the confidentiality of survey respondents. The files show population and housing characteristics down to Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs), which are areas containing no fewer than 100,000 residents. Users can create tabulations through their own tabulation systems or through the Census Bureau data tool DataFerrett.

The PUMS files can be accessed through the following links:
<http://www.census.gov/acs/www/data_documentation/pums_data/>
<http://www.census.gov/acs/www/data_documentation/data_ferrett_for_pums/>

Documentation of the PUMS file can be accessed here:
<http://www.census.gov/acs/www/data_documentation/pums_documentation/>

2008-2012 American Community Survey Voting Age Population by Citizenship and Race — Jan. 30 — This tabulation from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey shows estimates of the citizen voting age population by race for small areas of geography.

The downloadable files show the population 18 and older by citizenship status and race for the nation, states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, counties, minor civil divisions, places, tracts and block groups. The files reflect both the population living in housing units and in group quarters, such as college dormitories. The new files and technical documentation along with previous versions of the files can be found on the Census Bureau's Redistricting Data website.

This is the fourth year in a row that the American Community Survey has produced estimates of this population for even the smallest geographic areas. Prior to the American Community Survey, communities would have to wait 10 years for an update on the citizen voting-age population. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/rdo/data/voting_age_population_by_citizenship_and_race_cvap.html>.

Puerto Rico Community Survey Statistics in Spanish — Jan. 30 — Statistics from the 2012 Puerto Rico Community Survey were released in Spanish via the Census Bureau's American FactFinder data access tool. The release included 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 were previously released in English. More than 40 topics are available including local statistics that cover educational attainment, housing, employment, commuting, veteran status, health insurance and selected monthly homeowner costs. Internet addresses: English: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb14-17.html>. Spanish: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb14-17sp.html>.

Demographic

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2012 — Feb. 4 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/education/cb14-tps11.html>.

Computer and Internet Use: 2012 — Feb. 3 — Based on Current Population Survey statistics from October 2012, the "Computer and Internet Trends in America" infographic provides household and individual level analysis of computer and Internet use, as well as a profile of individual smartphone usage. A set of tables accompanies the infographic. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/education/cb14-tps08.html>.

New Survey of Income and Program Participation Panel: 2014 — Feb. 3 — Newly redesigned Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), which collects data about Americans' economic well-being, is being implemented for 2014. SIPP includes questions on poverty and participation in welfare programs, health insurance and medical expenses, family relationships and other related characteristics. The survey provides a variety of federal agencies with data they need to produce crucial statistics about incomes in the United States. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb14-20.html>.

Multimedia

Radio

Profile America for January — Profile America include them thar hills in "California Gold Rush" (Jan. 24) and leading to temptation in "Snack Food Month" (Feb. 5). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/>.

Infographics

Department of Commerce Infographic Highlights U.S.-Mexico Trade — Feb. 4 — TThe Department of Commerce has released a new infographic, "International Trade Between U.S. and Mexico," which recognizes the long history of trading a variety of goods that range from computers to oil. The infographic illustrates the top U.S. imports from and exports to Mexico and presents an annual time series of data on trade between the two neighbors. The time begins shortly after the start of an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico in January 1990 to share import data to be used as the other country's export data. The infographic can be found at <http://www.commerce.gov/sites/default/files/images/2014/february/foreign_trade--us-mexico_v4_1.jpg>.

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: July 15, 2014