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2016 Product Calendar

The U.S. Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product scheduled for release in 2016. These products are listed in the Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which is updated as needed throughout the year.

Learn What Surveys Are Being Conducted in Your Community

See which of our 130-plus annual surveys are being conducted in your community. In a variety of surveys and censuses, evolving from the first census in 1790, the Census Bureau provides official information about America’s people, businesses, industries and institutions. See surveys currently being conducted in each Census Bureau region:

Los Angeles
New York
All Surveys

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American Community Survey

2015 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample

The Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files for the 2015 American Community Survey one-year statistics allow users to create their own tabulations. The files contain data on approximately 1 percent of the United States population while protecting the confidentiality of survey respondents.

The files show population and housing characteristics down to Public Use Microdata Areas, which are special nonoverlapping areas that partition each state into contiguous geographic units containing no fewer than 100,000 people each. Users can create tabulations through their own software or through the Census Bureau tool DataFerrett.  (Scheduled for release Oct. 20.)

2015 Supplemental Estimates

The 2015 Supplemental Estimates Tables consist of 58 detailed tables for geographies with populations of 20,000 or more. These supplemental estimates will be available through American FactFinder and the Census Bureau’s application programming interface. The estimates are available for the same geographic summary levels as those in the American Community Survey 1-year dataset. (Scheduled for release Oct. 20.)

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2015 American Housing Survey

Microdata and tables from the American Housing Survey provide a comprehensive look at a variety of housing statistics for the nation. Every odd-numbered year, data are collected to provide national and selected metropolitan area statistics  Statistics are released jointly by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. (Scheduled for release Oct. 25.)

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Manufacturing Day (Oct. 7)

 In recognition of this observance celebrating the importance of the manufacturing sector to the nation’s economy, the Census Bureau will provide links to a series of relevant datasets and resources on U.S. manufacturers. (Scheduled for release Oct. 5.)

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Facts for Features

Halloween: Oct. 31

Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has today evolved into a community-based celebration characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns. In the spirit of Halloween, this edition of the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features presents a wide array of new and updated statistical information. (Tentatively scheduled for release in October.)

Thanksgiving Day

This release highlights a wide range of statistics pertaining to the traditional gatherings that take place on this national day of giving thanks. (Tentatively scheduled for release in October.)

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Training Opportunities

Census Bureau Offers Training Opportunities

Webinars are available to help the public access and use Census Bureau statistics. These free sessions, lasting 60 to 90 minutes, show how to use census databases and mapping tools and how to find demographic and economic statistics at a local or national level. They also provide quick links for answers to frequently asked questions about accessing statistics.

The following courses are offered:

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 previously recorded trainings that are free and available for use at your convenience. The library includes presentations, recorded webinars, tutorials and other helpful materials.

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Profile America segments include a calculated response in “Crunching Numbers” (Oct. 6) and coming clean in “Washing Machine” (Oct. 26).

The daily features are available at <>, with download options for MP3 (including podcast subscription) and WAV or zip files for the entire month.

Census Business Builder

The Census Business Builder is a suite of services that provides selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format. The suite will continuously be updated with new versions. Currently, the Regional Analyst and the Small Business editions are available.

Challenge Your Knowledge of State Statistics With Census PoP Quiz

This mobile app from the Census Bureau challenges a user’s knowledge of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Census PoP Quiz is available for download to Android and Apple devices. Internet address: <>.

Find Your Ideal Place With the Census Bureau’s dwellr 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: <>.

Stay Connected With the America’s Economy 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: <>.

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Recently Released

(Released since Sept. 16, 2016)

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American Community Survey

American Community Survey Stats in Action Video: New Orleans Smoke Alarm Outreach Program

Sept. 27 — Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey provide communities with the information they need to make informed decisions. A new video highlights how the New Orleans Fire Department and the New Orleans Office of Performance and Accountability used block group data from the American Community Survey five-year estimates to help save lives. They identified homes that were most in need of smoke alarms and have distributed over 10,000 smoke alarms to New Orleans residents since March 2015. Visit to watch the video and learn more.

In conjunction with the City of New Orleans and Enigma, the Census Bureau will also be hosting a webinar on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. (EDT) to show how you can start a similar project in your community using free tools and public data, such as Smoke Signals and the American Community Survey. Enigma’s Smoke Signals is an open source civic analytics tool that helps local communities determine which city blocks are at the highest risk of not having a smoke alarm. Learn more by visiting the ACS Events page at <>.

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2015 Forum on Ethnic Groups From the Middle East and North Africa: Meeting Summary and Main Findings Report

Sept. 21 — In May 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau held a forum of community members, academics, organization leaders and other experts to gather feedback on testing a Middle Eastern or North African category on the 2015 National Content Test. The meeting and the feedback are summarized in this report: 2015 Forum on Ethnic Groups From the Middle East and North Africa: Meeting Summary and Main Findings. Internet address: <>.

2016 Planning Database

Sept 20 — The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 Planning Database provides statistics on housing and other demographic, socio-economic and operational statistics based on the 2010 Census and 2010-2014 American Community Survey estimates. Data are provided at both the census block group and tract levels of geography. These data can be used for many purposes, including survey field operations planning. New to the 2016 Planning Database is the number of individuals with one or more disability. Also included in the database is the Low Response Score (LRS), a model-based prediction of mail return rates by block group and tract that may be used separately or in conjunction with other Planning Database variables. 

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Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: Second Quarter 2016

Sept. 30 — This report provides national summary data on the revenues, expenditures and composition of assets of the largest defined benefit public employee pension systems for state and local governments. This report produces three tables: Tables 1 and 3 include data on cash and security holdings and Table 2 provides data on earnings on investments, contributions and payments. Internet address:  <>.

Statistics of U.S. Businesses

Sept. 30 — These data for 2014 include single-year estimates of the number of firms, number of establishments, employment and annual payroll. Data are presented by state, industry and enterprise employment size. The 2012-2013 Statistics of U.S. Businesses: Employment Change tables are also being released and include number of establishments and corresponding employment change for births, deaths, expansions and contractions between 2012 and 2013. The data are tabulated by geographic area, industry and enterprise employment size. Internet address: <>.

2015 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections

Sept. 26 — Provides a summary of taxes collected by state for five broad tax categories and up to 25 tax subcategories. These statistics include measurement of tax by category: property tax, sales and gross receipts taxes, license taxes, income taxes and other taxes. Each tax category is broken down into subcategories (motor fuel sales, alcoholic beverage sales, motor vehicle licenses, alcoholic beverage licenses, etc.). Internet address: <>.

2012 Economic Census: Mining Subject and Summary Series

Sept. 23 — The 2012 Mining Subject and Summary Series release concludes the 2012 Economic Census series and comprises seven summary and four subject series reports based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The summary reports present statistics as part of the general summary and the subject series reports include materials summary, product summary, location of mines and product class shipments. To find out more about the upcoming 2017 Economic Census, click here. Internet address: <>.

2014 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, Company Statistics Series: Characteristics of Businesses and Characteristics of Business Owners

Sept. 23 — These modules supplement the release of the 2014 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs statistics and provide selected economic and demographic characteristics of respondent firms and their owners, including information on business innovation and research and development activities. Data are available for the United States, states and 50 most populous metropolitan statistical areas. Data aggregates are presented by gender, ethnicity, race and veteran status of majority owners at the national level by the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and years in business. Characteristics of businesses and business owners statistics for firms include, but are not limited to, types of workers, if the company owned a website, age of owner, owner’s highest level of education, and whether the owner was born in the United States. Internet address: <>.

Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs Webinar

Sept. 23 — The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a webinar to highlight statistics released from the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs and to describe key differences between it and the Survey of Business Owners. The Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs provides a timely socio-economic portrait of the nation's employer businesses by gender, ethnicity, race and veteran status. The webinar will be held on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. EDT. For more information, please visit the training opportunities on Internet address:  <>.

Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue: Second Quarter 2016

Sept. 20 Provides quarterly estimates of state and local government tax revenue at a national level, as well as detailed tax revenue data for individual states. This report produces three tables: Tables 1 and 2 include income and sales data and Table 3 provides tax collections by state. Internet address: <>.

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Facts for Features

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

July 28 — During this month-long observance, our nation celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The Census Bureau joins in the celebration with this fact sheet presenting a range of updated statistics describing the demographic state of the nation’s Latino population. Internet address: <>.

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Stats for Stories
Profile America’s Stats for Stories

These stories provide links to timely newsworthy statistics on that relate to observances, holidays, anniversaries and current events not covered by Facts for Features.


Profile America segments included staying power in “Centenarians Day” (Sept. 22) and spilling the beans in “Decaf Coffee” (Sept. 29). Internet address: <>.

Industry Classifications Reflect Changing Economy

Written by Robert Bernstein, Economy-Wide Statistics Division: The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) was developed in 1997 as the standard for use by federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the collection, tabulation, analysis and presentation of data describing our economy. It replaced the old Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System. All of our economic census and survey tabulations are categorized using NAICS, which uses a hierarchical structure to classify establishments from the broadest level to the most detailed level.

Crater of Diamonds

Written by: Erwin (Randy) Parson, International Trade Management Division: When U.S. diamonds are exported, the U.S. Census Bureau counts them. Under the Clean Diamond Trade Act, the Census Bureau is the designated exporting authority and the Customs and Border Protection Agency is the importing authority. Ultimately, the Census Bureau’s International Trade Management Division is responsible for collecting, compiling and publishing import and export statistics under the provisions of Title 13, U.S. Code Chapter 9, and Title 15, CFR Part 30.


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News releases, reports, statistical tables and radio transcripts are available on the Public Information Office’s Web page at <>. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office at 301-763-3030; or email <>.

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