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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 online product calendar, which will be updated as needed throughout the year.
Check out the Future of Census.gov — The Census Bureau is redesigning its website to provide easier access to statistics on America's people, places and economy. Visit the Census Bureau's beta site at beta.census.gov for a preview of the new census.gov.
Census Bureau and National American Indian Housing Council to Sign Memorandum of Understanding — Nancy Potok, the Census Bureau's deputy director, and Cheryl Causley, chair of the NAIHC, will sign the memorandum during the council's legislative conference on Feb. 26 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The collaboration is needed to help increase response rates to the Tribal Boundary and Annexation Survey, which maintains information about legal boundaries and official status of federally recognized American Indian reservations. (Scheduled for release on Feb. 24.).
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 in February.)
2008-2012 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample Files — The Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files for the 2012 American Community Survey five-year statistics will be available for users to create their own tabulations. The files will contain a 3 percent sample of the housing unit universe while protecting the confidentiality of survey respondents. The files will 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. (Scheduled for release March 6.)
American Community Survey Brief: Centenarians — This brief will discuss the social and economic characteristics of the 100 years and over population from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey five-year data. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late March.)
2013 Housing Vacancy Survey Annual Statistics — These statistics provide vacancy rates, homeownership rates and characteristics of units available for occupancy for the U.S., regions, states and the 75 largest metropolitan statistical areas. Data for all geographies are available both quarterly and annually. Homeownership rates are also tabulated by age of householder for the U.S. and regions and by race/ethnicity of householder and by family status for the U.S. In addition, estimates of the total housing inventory and percent distributions of vacant for-rent and for-sale-only units are available for the U.S. and regions. This information is used by public and private sector organizations to evaluate the need for new housing programs and initiatives. The rental vacancy rate is a component of the index of leading economic indicators and thereby used by the government and economic forecasters to gauge the economic climate. (Scheduled for release February 27.)
Population and Ranking Tables of the Older Population for the United States, States, Puerto Rico, Places of 100,000 or More Population, Metropolitan/Micropolitan Areas and Counties (2010 Census CPH-T-7) — This 2010 Census table package provides data for the population age 65 and older as well as the population 85 and over in the United States. The tables sort states alphabetically and rank states by the population 65 and over and 85 and over; rank states, places of 100,000 or more population, and counties by percent 65 and over and 85 and over; and rank states by percent change from 2000 to 2010 of the 65 and over and the 85 and over populations. (Tentatively scheduled for release in February.)
Small Area Health Insurance Estimates: 2012 — 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. (Scheduled for release March 13.)
2012 Census of Governments: Survey of Public Employment and Payroll — Provides a comprehensive look at the employment of the nation's state and local governments, as well as the federal government. It shows the number of government civilian employees and their gross payroll by governmental function. These governmental functions include, for example,elementary and secondary education, and police protection. Local governments include counties, cities, townships, special districts and school districts. (Scheduled for release March 6.)
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.)
Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month — We celebrate the contributions of Asian/Pacific Americans to our nation with a host of statistical information on this group. Statistics are included for Asians as well as Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders covering demographics and businesses. (Scheduled for release in March.)
Cinco de Mayo — "The Fifth of May," a national holiday in Mexico, has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture. This edition presents a wide array of statistical information about the population of Mexican origin. (Scheduled for release in March.)
Mother's Day: May 11, 2014 — Flowers, perfume and jewelry are all popular gifts given on this special day honoring our nation's moms. This fact sheet presents statistical information from the Census Bureau's economic and demographic subject areas on these and many other topics pertaining to this observance. (Scheduled for release in March.)
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 February and March — Profile America segments include paper in order in "Legal Tender" (Feb. 25) and dishing on "Inventive Society Lady" (March 8).
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/>.
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Census Bureau Provides Preview of Redesigned Census.gov — Feb. 19 — The U.S. Census Bureau released a beta version of its new census.gov website. With a new look and topic-based navigation, the redesigned site provides easier access to statistics on America's people, places and economy.
The Census Bureau conducted both industry and customer research to create the new site. The beta site invites users to explore what the new home page will look like and how the topic based navigation will work. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb14-28.html>.
Estimates of Income and Earnings by Selected Demographic Characteristics: 2012 2nd, 3rd and 4th Quarters — Feb. 21 — Using the three most recent waves from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation panel, this table package presents income and earnings estimates at the individual, family and household level for the 2nd (April, May and June), 3rd (July, August and September) and 4th quarters (October, November and December) of 2012. Quarterly estimates by selected demographic characteristics, such as gender, race/ethnicity, age, marital status and highest level of educational attainment are also provided as well as monthly income and earnings estimates for individuals, families, and households for these respective quarters of 2012.
Evaluation Estimates of Housing Units for States and Counties: April 1, 2000, to July 1, 2010 — Feb. 13 — Two downloadable files contain vintage 2010 evaluation estimates of housing units. One file contains estimates produced with the standard methodology, which reflects special censuses and local challenges. The other downloadable file contains alternative estimates made with the same method, except that they do not reflect special censuses and local challenges. All of the estimates are based on the 2000 Census and were created without incorporation or consideration of the 2010 Census results. The estimates are available on the Population Estimates website <http://www.census.gov/popest/research/eval-estimates/eval-est.html>.
Women's History Month: March — Feb. 11 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb14-ff05.html>.
Profile America for February — Profile America include yummy in my tummy in "Snack Food Month" (Feb. 5) and hearts and binds in "Valentine and Weddings" (Feb. 14). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio>.
"Household Food Security and SNAP" Live on the C-SPAN's "America by the Numbers" Segment of "Washington Journal" — Feb. 12 — About 47 million Americans (1 in 7) get assistance from food stamps, now called SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The 80 percent increase since 2007 reflects higher food insecurity and unemployment in the wake of the recession. On Feb. 14 at approximately 8:45-9:30 a.m. EST, Mark Nord, a sociologist in the Food Assistance Branch at the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, discussed statistics about food insecurity, the use of SNAP and relationships between food insecurity and SNAP use in the wake of the 2007-2009 recession. 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 <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/>.