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


March 21, 2014 TP14-06

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 Hispanics reported their race on the 2010 Census questionnaire, 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. (Scheduled for release in April.)

Demographic

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 March 27.)

Living in Near Poverty in the United States, 1966-2012 — This report provides statistics on the demographic characteristics of people close to, but not below, official poverty thresholds from 1966 to 2012. The statistics come from the Current Population Survey's Annual Social and Economic Supplement. The report compares the near-poor to those living below the poverty level by characteristics including age, sex, race, family type, region, educational attainment, employment status and health insurance coverage. (Scheduled for release March 31.)

Young-Adult Voting and Voting Hot Report — The Census Bureau will release a report providing a detailed historical portrait of young-adult voters in American presidential elections between 1964 and 2012. In addition to providing analysis of overall voting rates, the research also includes sections on gender and states. The Voting Hot Report, an interactive Web page, will allow users to access a series of state-level graphs showing percentages of adults who voted and registered in every presidential election between 1996 and 2012. Users will also find separate graphs showing voting and registration by age, sex, educational attainment, race and Hispanic origin. The statistics come from the Current Population Survey. (Scheduled for release April 17.)

Economic

Quarterly Summary of 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 March 25.)

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 March 26.)

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 March 27.)

2013 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections — This survey provides an annual summary of taxes collected by state for up to 25 categories, such as property tax, sales and gross receipts taxes, license taxes, income taxes and others. Data also provide details on tax collections by type of tax imposed and collected by state governments. (Scheduled for release April 8.)

2012 Census of Governments, Survey of Public Pensions, State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data — Provides a twice-a-decade look at the financial activity and membership information for the nation's 227 state-administered and 4,000 locally-administered public-employee retirement systems, including revenues, expenditures, cash and investment holdings, membership and beneficiaries. The Census of Governments, Survey of Public Pensions, which is conducted every five years, is the only source of data on all local pension systems. (Scheduled for release in April.)

Nonemployer Statistics: 2012 — Annual report on businesses without paid employees in nearly 450 industries for the nation, states, counties and metropolitan areas. Most who own such businesses are self-employed and operate very small businesses, like real estate agents or beauticians, that may or may not be their primary source of income. More information can be found at: <http://www.census.gov/econ/nonemployer/>. (Scheduled for release April 24.)

Facts for Features

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 March 25.)

20 Years on the Web — In March 1994, the Census Bureau launched its first website. Take a look at how census.gov has changed over the past 20 years and how people used to access Census Bureau statistics before the Internet. (Scheduled for release March 31.)

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 April.)

Mother's Day: May 11 — 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 April.)

Hurricane Season Begins: June 1 — The north Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. The 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 in April.)

Father's Day: June 16 — The Census Bureau honors "dear old dad" with a collection of statistical information from its demographic and economic subject areas pertaining to Father's Day, from stay-at-home dads to time spent with their children. (Scheduled for release in 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: Quarterly Services Survey (QSS) (Wednesday, March 26, 1 p.m. EDT)
  • Foreign Trade Regulations Town Hall Webinar Series (Thursday, April 3, 2 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 grabbing a cup o' joe in "Daily Grind" (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 March 7, 2014)

Demographic

Population Bracketology — March 18 — Test your knowledge of the relative populations of different geographic areas by participating in the Census Bureau's version of "March Madness." The Census Bureau's Population Bracketology is an interactive data visualization allowing you to fill out your own bracket based on comparisons of state and metro area population. The objective is to pick the larger population between two metro areas or states and see how close you can come to a perfect score of 63. At the end, visitors can mouse over the choices to see the actual population numbers or view the data table.

The population statistics used in the matchups come from the 2012 population estimates. Other data visualizations can be viewed in the Census Bureau's online gallery. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb14-tps25.html>.

Small Area Health Insurance Estimates: 2012 — March 13 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/health_care_insurance/cb14-42.html>.

Economic

2012 Annual Capital Expenditures — March 12 — These data, based on the 2007 North American Industry Classification System, estimate business spending in 2012 for new and used structures and equipment at the sector level, as well as for three-digit and selected four-digit industries. The data provide a relevant, timely and accurate measure of current business conditions. These statistics are an important input for federal agencies constructing composite national economic measures, such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis' estimates of private-fixed investments, a major component of gross domestic product; the Bureau of Labor Statistics' estimates of capital stocks for productivity analysis; and the Federal Reserve Board' s Flow of Funds accounts. Detailed data by types of structures and types of equipment collected in 2012 will be released at the end of March. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/econ/aces/xls/2012/full_report.html>.

Survey of Market Absorption: 4th Quarter 2013 — March 5 — The Survey of Market Absorption, sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, uses the Census Bureau's Survey of Construction as its sampling base. Each month, a sample of residential buildings containing five or more units is selected for the survey. The initial three-month interview collects information on amenities, rent or sales price levels, number of units, type of building and the number of units taken off the market (absorbed). Field representatives conduct subsequent interviews, if necessary, at six, nine and 12 months after completion. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/housing/soma/>.

Facts for Features

Earth Day: April 22 — March 12 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb14-ff06.html>.

Multimedia

Radio

Profile America for March — Profile America included documenting a heist in "First U.S. Bank Robbery" (March 19) and avoiding the flu in "Deadly Influenza" (March 11). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio>.

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