JULY 29, 2021 — The U.S. Census Bureau’s schedule for the release of 2020 Census redistricting data; the 2020 income, poverty and health insurance coverage statistics from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey; and the 2020 American Community Survey is as follows:
The official 2020 Census redistricting data summary file will be used to redraw federal, state and local legislative districts under Public Law 94-171. The census data are used by state officials to realign congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts since the 2010 Census. The redistricting data includes counts of population by race, ethnicity (Hispanic or Latino origin), and voting age; housing occupancy status; and group quarters population at the census block level. The data will also be available to the public at <www.data.census.gov>.
The Current Population Survey (CPS) serves as the nation’s primary source of statistics on labor force characteristics. The Annual Social and Economic Supplement provides the official annual statistics on the nation’s poverty levels as well as statistics on income, health insurance coverage, marital status, educational attainment, employee benefits, work schedules, school enrollment, noncash benefits, and migration. The Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics have conducted the CPS for more than 50 years. The statistics are used by government policymakers as important indicators of our nation’s economy and for planning and evaluating many government programs.
The American Community Survey (ACS) provides a wide range of important statistics about people and housing for every community across the nation. The results are used by a wide variety of users from town and city planners to retailers and homebuilders. The survey is the only source of local estimates for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as income, poverty, health insurance coverage, education, occupation, language, ancestry, and housing costs. The COVID-19 pandemic posed numerous challenges to collecting ACS data in 2020, as described in our recent Adapting the American Community Survey Amid COVID-19 blog. Because of the underlying quality concerns, the Census Bureau urges caution in using the experimental estimates.