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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.
American Community Survey Brief: Centenarians — This brief will discuss the social and economic characteristics of the 100 years and over population from data collected via the American Community Survey from 2007 to 2011. (Scheduled for release in April.)
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.)
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 in April.)
Adopted Children and Stepchildren: 2010 — This report provides characteristics of adopted children and stepchildren of the householder using multiyear data from the American Community Survey (2009-2011) in addition to the 2010 Census and the 2012 Current Population Survey. The report examines characteristics such as education, income and poverty of the householder as well as country of origin of internationally adopted children. (Scheduled for release in April.)
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. Statistics also provide details on tax collections by type of tax imposed and collected by state governments. (Scheduled for release April 8.)
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.)
2012 Census of Governments: Finance — Survey of Public Pensions: State and Locally Administered Defined Benefit Data — Provides a comprehensive look at the financial activity and membership information for the nation's approximately 4,000 state- and locally administered public-employee pension systems, including revenues, expenditures, cash and investment holdings, membership and beneficiaries. The Census of Governments: Finance — Survey of Public Pensions, conducted quinquennially (years ending in "2" and "7"), is the only source of data on all state and local pension systems. (Scheduled for release April 29.)
2012 Economic Census of Island Areas: Geographic Area Series for Guam — Contains data on the number of business establishments, sales, payroll, and number of employees for Guam — a U.S. territory in the western Pacific Ocean — and its 19 election districts. Statistics are shown by two- through five-digits NAICS sector. (Scheduled for release in late April.)
2012 Economic Census of Island Areas: Geographic Area Series for Northern Mariana Islands — Contains data on the number of business establishments, sales, payroll, and number of employees for the Northern Mariana Islands — a U.S. territory in the western Pacific Ocean. Statistics are shown by two- through five-digits NAICS sector. (Scheduled for release in late April.)
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.)
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.)
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 in April.)
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 April and May — Profile America segments include the end of Prohibition on tap in "Beer is Back" (April 7) and a lot of upside in "Raising the Roof" (May 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 Friday mornings 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 March 21, 2014)
Race Reporting Among Hispanics: 2010 — March 28 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/hispanic_origin_population/cb14-tps24.html>.
County, Puerto Rico Municipio, Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Population Estimates: July 1, 2013 — March 27 — Internet tables and detailed downloadable files showing population estimates, rankings, and components of change since the 2010 Census. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb14-51.html>.
Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: Fourth Quarter 2013 — March 27 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/govs/qpr/>.
2012 Economic Census Advance Report — March 26 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/economic_census/cb14-52.html>.
Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue: 3rd Quarter and 4th Quarter 2013 — March 25 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/govs/qtax/>.
Hurricane Season Begins: June 1 — April 4 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb14-ff09.html>.
Older Americans Month: May — March 25 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb14-ff07.html>.
Profile America for March and April — Profile America included going by the Book in "Women in Divinity School" (March 30) and what it means for the beans in "Daily Grind" (April 3). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio>.