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


March 7, 2014 TP14-05

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 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.

2010 Census

Race Reporting Among Hispanics: 2010 — This working paper shows how the Hispanic population reported their race in the 2010 Census, with a unique emphasis on Hispanics who self-reported their origin. The paper provides an overall demographic description of the Latino population and examines different responses to the race question by selected demographic characteristics and geography. (Scheduled for release in March).

American Community Survey

American Community Survey Brief: Centenarians — This brief will discuss the social and economic characteristics of the 100 years and over population from data collected during the American Community Survey from 2007 to 2011. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late March.)

Demographic

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.)

County, Puerto Rico Municipio, Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Population Estimates: July 1, 2013 — Internet tables and detailed downloadable files showing population estimates, rankings, and components of change since the 2010 Census. (Scheduled for embargo starting on March 25 and for public release on March 27.)

Economic

Quarterly Summary State and Local Government Tax Revenue: 3rd Quarter and 4th Quarter 2013 — This summary shows quarterly tax revenue statistics on property, sales, license, income and other taxes. Statistics are shown for individual state governments as well as national estimates of total state and local taxes, including 12-month calculations. This quarterly survey has been conducted continuously since 1962. (Scheduled for release on March 25.)

Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: Fourth Quarter 2013 — This quarterly survey provides national summary statistics on the revenues, expenditures and composition of assets of the 100 largest state and local public employee retirement systems in the United States. These 100 systems comprise 89.4 percent of financial activity among such entities, based on the 2007 Census of Governments. This survey presents the most current statistics about investment decisions by state and local public employee retirement systems, which are among the largest types of institutional investors in the U.S. financial markets. These statistical tables are published three months after each calendar quarter and show national financial transactions and trends for the past five years. (Scheduled for release on March 27.)

2012 Economic Census Advance Report — This contains the first results from the most recent economic census of the approximately 7 million businesses with paid employees in the U.S. The report highlights national-level data for 101 industry groups, including number of establishments, revenue, payroll and number of employees. The economic census dates back to 1810 and has been conducted at five-year intervals since the 1950s. (Scheduled for release in late March.)

Facts for Features

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 March 12.)

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.)

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.)

Hurricane Season Begins (June 1) — The north Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. The U.S. Census Bureau produces timely local statistics that are critical to emergency planning, preparedness and recovery efforts. This edition of Facts for Features highlights the number of people living in areas that could be most affected by these dramatic acts of nature. (Scheduled for release early April.)

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: Construction Put in Place (VIP) (Wednesday, March 12, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Dual Vintage Variables (Thursday, March 13, 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 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 March and April — Profile America segments include getting a lift in "Elevating America" (March 23) and a daily grind in "First Coffee Mill" (April 3).

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 Feb. 21, 2014)

Secretary Pritzker Highlights Census Bureau Mapping Tool in Silicon Valley Speech — Feb. 24 — Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker spotlighted the innovative advancements the Census Bureau has made in visualizing key demographic and economic statistics. Census Explorer, a new interactive mapping tool, provides easier access to income, employment and other figures from surveys such as County Business Patterns and the American Community Survey. Census Explorer provides statistics at the state, county and census tract level for many demographic and economic data sets. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb14-tps20.html>.

Census Bureau and National American Indian Housing Council Sign Memorandum of Understanding — Feb. 24 — Nancy Potok, the Census Bureau's deputy director, and Cheryl Causley, chair of the NAIHC, signed 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb14-tps18.html>.

2010 Census

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) — Feb. 24 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2010/cph-t/cph-t-7.html>.

American Community Survey

2008-2012 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample Files — March 6 — The Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files for the 2012 American Community Survey five-year statistics are 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb14-tps22.html>.

American Community Survey Brief: Noncitizens Under Age 35: 2010-2012 — Feb. 26 — This brief uses multiyear data from the American Community Survey to present demographic and socio-economic information about the noncitizen population under age 35. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb14-34.html>.

Demographic

2013 Housing Vacancy Survey Annual Statistics — Feb. 27 — 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.

Main page: <http://www.census.gov/housing/hvs/>.
Detailed tables: <http://www.census.gov/housing/hvs/data/ann13ind.html>.

Economic

2012 Census of Governments: Survey of Public Employment and Payroll — March 6 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/governments/cb14-40.html>.

Multimedia

Radio

Profile America for February and March — Profile America include railroad milestones in "Making Tracks" (Feb. 28) and a matter of principle in "Jeanette Rankin" (March 4). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio>.

Apps

Find Stats on the Go with dwellr, a Census Bureau Mobile App — March 4 — Download dwellr to uncover stats for your current location at the simple touch of a button. Or use the app to see how your preferences match up with a location's characteristics to find 25 dwelling places. The app has been updated with the latest American Community Survey statistics along with other performance and mapping enhancements based on customer feedback. This app is great for people looking to move or for people who just want to have fun learning more about their own communities. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb14-tps16.html>.

Census Bureau Updates API with Economic Indicators — Feb. 24 — The U.S. Census Bureau updated its application programming interface today with monthly and quarterly economic indicators. The API allows more access and easier customization of data products.

Developers could use the statistics available through the API to create a variety of apps and tools, such as ones that allow homebuyers to find the latest new residential construction statistics. By combining Census Bureau statistics with other data sets, developers can create tools for researchers to look at topics such as school quality, toxic waste or restaurants and how they impact a community. For more information, visit: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb14-tps19.html>.

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