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The U.S. Census Bureau is the leading source of data about the population and economy of the United States. While the Census Bureau is best known for conducting a national headcount once every 10 years, the agency is continually conducting surveys that provide data about a variety of social and economic conditions.

Experts from around the Census Bureau will use Random Samplings to describe the objectives of their work and explain census and survey results. We hope this blog will increase awareness and use of the valuable data collected by the Census Bureau, and make this data more accessible to all users.

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2030 Census Planning: What 2024 Brings
As we embark on a new year filled with possibilities, it’s time to share exciting updates and innovations that will shape the 2030 Census.


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2020 PES Coverage Results in the Vintage 2023 Population Estimates
Census Bureau experts have been examining whether to use PES results to improve the annual population estimates.


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2022 Economic Census – End of Data Collection
Serving as the cornerstone of the nation’s economic statistics, the economic census is the most comprehensive measure of our nation’s economic activity.


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New Experimental Products Designed with the AIAN Community in Mind
We’re committed to reflecting an accurate portrait of our nation, and our success depends on delivering statistics that address the needs of all our data users.


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Understanding Hard-to-Count and Historically Undercounted Populations
In a world driven by data, accurate population counts form the foundation for informed decision-making.


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Protecting Your Data, Our Systems and the Public
At the U.S. Census Bureau, protecting your data and privacy is a top priority.


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Data Quality and the Detailed DHC File A
Today the Census Bureau released new statistics about our nation’s communities, providing population counts and sex-by-age statistics.


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What You Should Know About the Upcoming Detailed DHC File A
The upcoming 2020 Census Detailed DHC-A greatly expands what we know about the racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. population.


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Difference Between the Supplemental and Official Poverty Measures
There has been continued debate about the best way to measure poverty in the U.S. since the first official U.S. poverty statistics were published.


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Exploring the Racial and Ethnic Diversity of Various Age Groups
The 2020 Census showed that while the population under 5 years was the nation’s most racially and ethnically diverse age group, variation existed among states.


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Transforming the Census Bureau’s Annual Surveys of Businesses
As part of the Census Bureau’s ongoing commitment to innovation, we are working to reengineer our processes to increase efficiency and improve the data generate


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International Collaboration Helps Us Transform To Build Our Nation’s 21st Century Data Infrastructure
Good data – comprehensive, timely and accurate – are an essential part of the world we live in.


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How the Census Bureau Is Optimizing Its Research and Testing Strategy for the 2030 Census
Today we’re making the first in a series of major announcements about preparations for the 2030 Census.


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The Currency of Our Data: A Critical Input Into Federal Funding
We often describe how the data can benefit people when we encourage them to respond to the census or to a U.S. Census Bureau survey.


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Age Heaping in the 2020 Census Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC)
While age heaping is an issue in all decennial census and household survey data, the 2020 Census shows patterns of age heaping that are more pronounced.


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Examining the Racial and Ethnic Diversity of Adults and Children
The 2020 Census shows the overall U.S. population in 2020 was more racially and ethnically diverse than it was a decade earlier.


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Providing Users With Accessible Data
Many people associate the U.S. Census Bureau with the decennial census, the once a decade count of every person living in the United States.


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What to Expect: Disclosure Avoidance and the 2020 Census Demographic and Housing Characteristics File
On May 25, the U.S. Census Bureau is set to release the next wave of data from the 2020 Census providing new details about our nation and communities.


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Looking Back to See the Way Forward: My First Year at the U.S. Census Bureau
It has been an exciting first year for me at the U.S. Census Bureau!


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Census Data for Resiliency: Helping Communities Prepare, Respond and Recover
Whether its statistical data or operational expertise, the U.S. Census Bureau can assist federal and local partners with emergency preparedness.


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2022 Economic Census in The Island Areas
The Economic Census is the official five-year measure of American businesses and the economy.


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Censo Económico del 2022 en las Áreas Insulares
La Oficina del Censo recopila datos del censo económico en Áreas Insulares.


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Changing Small Habits Can Lead to Transformation
It’s up to all of us to build the Census Bureau of the 21st century – one that provides our users the high-quality data they need to thrive in a changing world.


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Redefining Urban Areas following the 2020 Census
“Urban” and “rural” are terms that bring to mind specific kinds of landscapes—densely developed areas in the case of urban, and small towns, farms and open spaces in the case of rural.


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Disclosure Avoidance Protections for the American Community Survey
We've heard from a number of data users lately who have questions about the status of our plans to strengthen confidentiality safeguards for our data products.


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How Inflation Affects the Census Bureau's Income & Earnings Estimates
In the report, Income in the United States: 2021, the Census Bureau will compare estimates of median income and earnings between 2020 and 2021 and present historical income and earnings estimates dating back to 1967.


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The Difference Between the Supplemental and Official Poverty Measures
There has been continued debate about the best way to measure income and poverty in the United States since the first official U.S. poverty statistics were published in the mid-1960s.


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High Frequency Business Survey Highlights Trends in the U.S. Economy
In April 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau launched two new surveys to produce near real-time data on the challenges small businesses and households were facing due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


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2020 Census Data Products: Next Steps for Data Releases
This blog provides an update on the schedule and next steps for the release of the Demographic Profile, the DHC, and the Detailed DHC product.


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Producing Detailed Racial, Ethnic and Tribal Data from the 2020 Census
In this blog, we describe our current plans for developing and releasing these statistics and plans for other statistics in the Detailed DHC.


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Adapting Population Estimates to Address COVID-19 Impacts on Data Availability
By now, it is well known that the COVID-19 pandemic significantly delayed the availability of 2020 Census data.


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Our Commitment to Quality: A Revised ACS Estimation Methodology
We revised our estimation methodology to improve the 2020 portion of the 2016-2020 ACS 5-year data.


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Period Estimates in the American Community Survey
On March 17, we will release the latest round of ACS estimates — the 2016-2020 5-year estimates, which were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Upcoming 2020 Census Coverage Estimates
The U.S. Census Bureau released coverage estimates for the 2020 Census.


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Population Estimates at the Start of the Decade
These updated population numbers enable researchers, community planners and others to use the most current data in their work.


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The Post-Enumeration Survey: Measuring Coverage Error
Although we undertake extensive efforts to accurately count everyone in the decennial census, sometimes people are missed or duplicated.

Page Last Revised - August 31, 2023
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