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Dec. 19, 2008 TP08-26


American Community Survey

The American Community Survey: What the Media Needs to Know — A new handbook that describes how the ACS is designed, key concepts and how to get the most out of the survey data. It explains the various ways to find and access ACS data and the best ways for novice and experienced journalists to use the estimates. Step-by-step articles are included on how journalists have used the ACS to find and improve their published work. ACS Compass products are available at <http://www.census.gov/acs/www/UseData/Compass/compass_series.html>.

Foreign-Born Characteristics: 2007 — There were an estimated 38 million people in 2007 living in the United States who were born outside of the country. New data profiles show educational attainment, income, year of entry, occupations and more based on a group's country of birth. (Tentatively scheduled for release in mid-January.)


State Population Estimates: July 1, 2008 — Nevada has been among the four fastest-growing states for 23 years in a row. Will that streak continue? Internet tables will show July 1, 2008, population estimates and components of change for the nation, states and Puerto Rico. (Scheduled for release Dec. 22 .)

New Year's Day Population — The Census Bureau rings in the year with its annual projection of the nation's population for Jan. 1, 2009. The release will include birth, death and net international migration rates. (Scheduled for release Dec. 29.)

Profile of Older Workers: 2004 — The Census Bureau has been releasing a series of state reports on workers 55 and older. Kansas' report is scheduled for release Dec. 23 and California's report in late December. Previously released reports are available at <http://lehd.did.census.gov/led/library/profiles_2007.html>.

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2007 — This report provides a portrait of academic achievement by demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, race and Hispanic origin at the regional and state level. It also specifies data for the native-born and foreign-born. Workers’ median earnings by educational attainment are shown, broken out by sex, race and Hispanic origin. (Scheduled for release Jan. 7.)


2007 State and Local Government Public Employee-Retirement Systems — Annual data on revenues, expenditures, financial assets and membership for public employee-retirement systems. Data are shown for individual retirement systems as well as aggregately at the national, state and local levels. (Scheduled for release Dec. 29.)

2007 Service Annual Survey: Health Care and Social Assistance — From kidney dialysis to community food services, from chiropractors to optometrists, this sector focuses on care providers for individuals, whether medical care or social assistance. Users can track revenue by dollar figures or percent change. (Scheduled for release Jan. 6.)

2007 Service Annual Survey: Truck Transportation, Couriers and Messengers, and Warehousing and Storage Services — This industry series tracks business activity and revenues for firms that haul, warehouse and deliver America's freight. (Scheduled for release Jan. 8.)

2007 Service Annual Survey: Information Sector Services — These data show revenues for establishments typically engaged in activities associated with transforming information into a commodity. From cultural products, such as motion pictures, to the distribution of information through different media, such as wireless signals for cell phones, this sector covers everything from production, processing to distribution of information. (Tentatively scheduled for release in mid-January.)

2007 Service Annual Survey: Securities, Commodity Contracts and Other Financial Investments — Revenues for the financial industry are tracked yearly. Whether underwriting securities, managing portfolio assets or brokering commodities, these data track the change in revenue for firms that make up the securities section of the financial industry. (Tentatively scheduled for release in mid-January.)

Facts for Features

St. Patrick's Day and Irish-American Heritage Month (March) — May the "luck o' the Irish" be with you as you peruse this edition of the Facts for Features. It is filled with statistical information from the Census Bureau's demographic and economic subject areas on the nation's Irish-American population and other facets of this celebration of all things Irish. (Scheduled for release Jan. 5.)

Women's History Month (March) — In commemoration of this annual observance highlighting and celebrating the varied and historic accomplishments of women, this edition provides statistical information on topics such as earnings, education, business ownership, voting, occupations, military service and marriage. (Scheduled for release Jan. 5.)



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for December and January — Profile America is a daily, 60-second feature that uses interesting vignettes from key events, observances or commemorations for that day to highlight information collected by the Census Bureau. Upcoming segments include the creation of a popular American pastime in the "First Crossword Puzzle " (Dec. 23 ) and the anniversary of AT&T's breakup in "A Big Change in the U.S. Phone System " (Jan. 8 ). The December daily features are available at <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/>. January's features will appear soon.

TThe URL for MP3 downloads, WAV files and subscription podcast access is <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/profile_america/>. Profile America and Al Día daily features can be downloaded individually and for the entire month via zip files at <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/>.

Recently Released

(Since Dec. 5, 2008)

American Community Survey

American Community Survey 2005-2007 Data Release — Dec. 9 — The Census Bureau released the first set of American Community Survey three-year-averaged data for all geographies with populations greater than 20,000. The release will provide the first look at detailed socioeconomic and housing characteristics for geographies between 20,000 and 64,999 since Census 2000. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb08-cn73.html>.


Americans with Disabilities: 2005 — Dec. 18 — About one in five U.S. residents reported some level of disability in 2005. National-level data on the socioeconomic characteristics of people with disabilities, such as poverty, program participation, employment status and earnings, are included. Includes estimates of people with a wide range of specific disabilities, e.g., difficulty seeing or hearing, the need for personal assistance with preparing meals, the use of a wheelchair and Alzheimer's. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb08-185.html>.

Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009 — Dec. 17 — Published since 1878, "Uncle Sam's Almanac" presents its usual dazzling array of statistics on topics from "A" (aerobics) to "Z" (zinc production). The 128th edition includes several dozen new tables and more than 1,400 overall, describing life in our nation and the world. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb08-175.html>.

International Data Base — Dec. 15 — The world population is undergoing constant changes in fertility, infant mortality, life expectancy and other factors. This 2008 update answers many questions about the population of the world's 225 countries Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/international_population/cb08-180.html>.

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE): 2006 and 2007 — Dec. 9 — These tables provide estimates of income and poverty for states and counties, as well as estimates of poverty and population for school districts, median household income and poverty rates of various age groups. SAIPE provides annual updates for the administration of federal programs and the allocation of federal funds to local jurisdictions. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/2008-12-10_income_wealth.html>.

Profile of Older Workers: 2004 — The Census Bureau has been releasing a series of state reports on workers 55 and older. West Virginia's report was released Dec. 17 and Idaho's on Dec. 10. Previously released reports are available at <http://lehd.did.census.gov/led/library/profiles_2007.html>.


2007 Commodity Flow Survey — Dec. 9 — U.S. businessess in mining, manufacturing, wholesale, and selected retail trade and service industries shipped approximately $11.8 trillion of commodities weighing 13 billion tons in 2007. Tracking value, tonnage, mileage and mode of transportation, this survey provides new data on the movement of goods in the United States. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/economic_census/cb08-179.html>.

Facts for Features

Valentine's Day — Dec. 12 — The year's most romantic edition features a collection of statistics on chocolates, flowers, jewelry and marriage, among other topics. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb09-ff02.html>.



2010 Census: A New Portrait of America — This informational video explains how communities benefit from Census Bureau data collection efforts. Testimonials describe the importance of a complete and accurate count and why the 2010 Census will be the most important count in our nation's history. It shows data collection operations in action. Running time is 3:10. Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/>.


Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for December — Profile America segments included the social breakthrough of the "First Coed College" (Dec. 3) and a 19th century treatment for "Cold Weather Miseries" (Dec. 13). 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: February 10, 2014