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May 31, 2013 TP13-11

Upcoming

2013 Product Calendar — The Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product expected to be released in 2013. The products are listed in the Census Bureau's online product calendar, which will be updated as needed throughout the year.

American Community Survey

2012 American Community Survey Estimates to be Released This Fall — American Community Survey statistics from 2012 are planned for release Sept. 19. The one-year statistics cover a wide range of demographic information for populations greater than 65,000. The three-year statistics, generated from American Community Survey data collection from 2010 to 2012, will cover populations of 20,000 or more and are planned for release Oct. 24. The five-year statistics generated from data collection from 2008 to 2012 will follow Dec. 5, covering all areas regardless of population size down to the block group. All three sets of statistics provide a wide range of important statistics about people and housing for every community across the nation. The results are used by everyone from town and city planners to retailers and homebuilders. The American Community Survey is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40 topics it covers — such as education, occupation, language, ancestry and housing costs — for even the smallest communities

Demographic

Estimates of National, State and County Population by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin: July 1, 2012 — Is your county becoming younger or older? Does any group comprise the majority of residents there? How rapidly are different groups growing nationally and in each state and county? Are there states and counties that have more men than women? National-, state- and county-level population estimates cross-tabulated by these demographic characteristics provide the answers. The 2012 estimates are compared with those from one year earlier and to 2010 Census counts. (Embargo starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11 for public release at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, June 13. Media availability with Census Bureau experts will be held Tuesday, June 11 at 1 p.m. EDT for embargo subscribers.)

2012 Characteristics of New Housing — This report provides annual statistics on the characteristics of new privately owned residential structures — such as the type of wall material, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, type of financing, heating and square footage — for the U.S. and the four national regions. The data are gathered from the Census Bureau's Survey of Construction, which is partially funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/construction/chars/>. (Scheduled for release on June 3.)

American Housing Survey for Selected Metropolitan Areas Fact Sheets — 2011 Housing Profiles for Selected Metropolitan Areas — Separate profiles for each of 29 different metropolitan areas. Based on statistics from the 2011 American Housing Survey, these short reports provide information on the area's monthly housing costs, mortgage types and a variety of other physical and financial characteristics related to the area's housing inventory. (Scheduled for release in late June.)

Computer and Internet Use: 2011 — Based on Current Population Survey statistics from July 2011, the Computer and Internet Access in the United States report provides household and individual level analysis of computer use and Internet access, as well as a profile of smartphone usage. Analysis of the level of connectivity individuals have to the Internet is also provided. (Scheduled for release in June.)

Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation: State Reports — Results from one of the oldest continuing and most comprehensive recreation surveys. Includes information on the number of anglers, hunters and wildlife watchers, as well as how often they participate and how much they spend on their activities. The reports are being released on a state-by-state flow basis alphabetically by state name during the first half of 2013. The list of reports that have been released so far can be found at <http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/fishing.html>.

Economic

Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: 1st Quarter 2013 — This quarterly survey (formerly known as the Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems 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. For more information, please visit <http://www.census.gov/govs/qpr/>.

Historical data from the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions are available in the Census Bureau's Economic Indicator Database <http://www.census.gov/econ/currentdata/>. (Scheduled for release June 27.)

Facts for Features

Back to School — After a nice summer break, students will prepare to return to school for the 2013-14 academic year. This fact sheet presents statistics from demographic and economic subject areas pertaining to teachers, students and the reopening of our country's schools in late summer. (Scheduled for release June 11.)

Multimedia

Audio

Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for June — Profile America segments include pomp and circumstance in "Cap and Gown" (June 11) and honoring dear ol' dad on "Father's Day" (June 16).

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).

New Infographic Focuses on Child Care — Child care arrangements is a significant issue for employed parents, their relatives, care providers, policy makers and anyone concerned about children. A new "How Do We Know?" infographic, "Child Care: An Important Part of American Life," uses results from the 2011 Survey of Income and Program Participation and 2007 Economic Census to show how many children (by age) are in some type of arrangement, the kinds of arrangements they are in, the amount spent on care, and how child care facilities are distributed across the country. How Do We Know? Infographics: <http://www.census.gov/how/>. (Scheduled for release in June.)

"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

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 16 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/mobile/>.

Recently Released

(Released since May 17, 2013)

Statistics about Oklahoma Communities Affected by Tornadoes Now Available — The Census Bureau produces timely local information that is critical to emergency planning, preparedness and recovery efforts. On the Census Data and Emergency Preparedness webpage, the Census Bureau provides access to a variety of resources that help planning officials prepare for potential emergencies and inform rebuilding efforts — from statistics about vulnerable populations and housing to the local economy. Statistics for the communities affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma are now available on this portal. The information comes from the American Community Survey, population estimates and various economic surveys.

American Community Survey

Commuter-Adjusted Population Estimates: American Community Survey 2006-2010 — May 30 — Knowing how a community's population changes during the day is crucial to emergency preparedness officials and other local planners. This report and series of tables show the population totals for places, minor civil divisions, counties and states, accounting for the flow of commuters on a typical workday. In addition, graphs are available that show cities among the top 20 with the largest commuter-adjusted populations, and cities among the top 20 with the greatest percentage change between residence population and commuter-adjusted population. The report also provides maps and ratios of workers to residents for counties and cities.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb13-tps53.html>.

Arab Households in the United States: 2006-2010 — May 29 — This American Community Survey brief provides a national-level portrait of U.S. households with a particular focus on Arab households; people of specific Arab ancestries, such as Lebanese and Egyptian, are also discussed. This brief examines several characteristics for all households and those with an Arab householder: average household size, household type, homeownership and median household income.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb13-tps52.html>.

Demographic

Who Could Afford to Buy a Home in 2009? — May 28 — This report examines the affordability of homes in 2009 at different price levels, chances of affordability by demographic characteristic, reasons why families and unrelated individuals couldn't afford a home, and the impact of possible policy changes (such as modified down payments and interest rates) on affordability for renters. The data were collected from the Survey of Income and Program Participation.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/housing/cb13-tps51.html>.

Subcounty Population Estimates: July 1, 2012 — May 23 — Internet tables showing population estimates and rankings of the nation's incorporated places — cities, towns, townships, villages and boroughs — since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2012. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb13-94.html>.

Economic

Nonemployer Statistics: 2011 — May 30 — 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 (for example, 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/>. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/business_ownership/cb13-99.html>.

Public Education Finances: 2011 — May 21 — These tables provide a detailed look at how public elementary and secondary school systems are funded and how those funds are spent on education and services for our nation's children. These statistics, released annually, provide information on revenues, expenditures, debt and assets of our public school systems. Tables include per pupil spending and detailed spending on instruction, special education, school lunches, transportation and salaries. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/governments/cb13-92.html>.

2011 Data Added to OnTheMap Application — May 15 — OnTheMap, an online mapping and reporting application that shows where people work and where workers live, was updated with 2011 data and two new variables: firm age and firm size. The 2011 data year includes employment data from 49 states and the District of Columbia, federal workers, and data for worker race, ethnicity, educational attainment and sex. Additionally, the 2011 data year carries the new firm age and firm size variables. These variables are only available for "all private jobs." More information about firm age and firm size can be found at <http://lehd.ces.census.gov/research>. OnTheMap can be accessed at <http://onthemap.ces.census.gov>.

Facts for Features

Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act — May 29 — To commemorate the July 26, 1990, signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, the Census Bureau presents a wide array of statistical information from the American Community Survey and Survey of Income and Program Participation about people with disabilities. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff15.html>.

Multimedia

Audio

Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for May — Profile America included getting fingered in "Prints Among Men" (May 19) and getting cooked in "Firing up the Barbie" (May 24). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio>.

New Infographic Focuses on Memorial Day — May 23 — Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who died in service to their country. A new "How Do We Know?" infographic, "Memorial Day: Honoring America's Wartime Veterans" uses results from the 2011 American Community Survey to profile today's living veterans by the wartime periods in which they served. It also presents information from the Department of Defense, Defense Manpower Data Center, on the number of service members and the number who died in each of our nation's wars since the Civil War. How Do We Know? Infographics: <http://www.census.gov/how/>.

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