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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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2010 Census

2010 Census Surnames

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the country’s 1,000 most common surnames by race and Hispanic origin and those that occurred 100 or more times in the 2010 Census. Visit the Census Bureau’s Genealogy page to see frequently occurring surnames from previous censuses. (Scheduled for release Dec. 15.)

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Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates: 2015

Available for roughly 3,140 counties and nearly 14,000 school districts, these statistics represent the only current, single-year income and poverty statistics available for all counties and school districts. Data are provided on the total number of people, as well as the number of school-age children, and children of all ages, in poverty. (Scheduled for release Dec. 14.)

National, State and Puerto Rico Total Population and Voting Age Population

Internet tables and detailed downloadable files will show July 1, 2016, population estimates for the nation, states and Puerto Rico, as well as corresponding annual estimates and components of change since the 2010 Census. (Scheduled for release Dec. 20.)

New Year’s Day Population

The Census Bureau will ring in the new year with its annual projection of the nation’s population for Jan. 1, 2017. The release will include birth, death and net international migration rates, as well as a projection of the world population. (Scheduled for release Dec. 28.)

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2014 Annual Surveys of State and Local Government Finances

Shows revenues, expenditures, debt, and cash and security holdings by level of government. Level of government includes state, local, and state and local combined. The statistics are organized by state. Internet address: <>. (Tentatively scheduled for release Dec. 12.)

2015 Annual Survey of Manufactures: General Statistics, Value of Product Shipments and Geographic Area Series

The 2015 Annual Survey of Manufactures release includes general statistics, value of products shipments, industry-product analysis, and geographic area statistics for the years 2014 and 2015. The survey provides data about manufacturing that are crucial to accurate estimates of domestic production and productivity and to making sound decisions on economic trade policies. (Scheduled for release Dec. 16.)

2015 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll

Provides a comprehensive look at the employment of the nation’s state and local governments, as well as the federal government. It shows the number of government civilian employees and their gross payroll by governmental function. These governmental functions include, for example, elementary and secondary education, and police protection. (Scheduled for release Dec. 16.)

2012 Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners: U.S. Exporting Firms Tables

The Survey of Business Owners (SBO) provides a detailed portrait of America’s businesses and business owners from the national to the local level once every five years. This release combines 2012 SBO data with the 2012 Profile of US Exporting Companies. This combined data product provides an interesting look at the ownership characteristics (specifically, gender, ethnicity and race) of exporting companies. These data were first produced in 2007. (Scheduled for release Dec. 19.)

Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenues: Third Quarter 2016

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. (Scheduled for release Dec. 20.)

Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: Third Quarter 2016

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. (Scheduled for release Dec. 29.)

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Facts for Features

Black History Month: February

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, the Census Bureau presents a collection of demographic and economic statistics about the black community. (Tentatively scheduled for release in December.)

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Training Opportunities

Census Bureau Offers Training Opportunities

Webinars are available on a regular basis 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 course is being offered:

Descriptions for each of the upcoming sessions are available on our educational resources page. No registration is needed to join a 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 the ledger of life in “Birth Registrations” (Dec. 21) and keeping in sight with “The Eyes Have It” (Jan. 3).

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 statistics 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 Nov. 23, 2016)

Census Bureau Commemorates Indiana Bicentennial

Dec. 9 — To commemorate the 200th anniversary (Dec. 11, 1816) of “The Hoosier State,” the U.S. Census Bureau presents population counts for the state of Indiana from every census since 1820 in this graphic, as well as the latest population estimates. Internet address: <>.

Census Bureau Releases 2016 Determinations of Political Jurisdictions Subject to Minority Language Assistance Provisions of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act

Dec. 5 — The U.S. Census Bureau released a list of 263 jurisdictions across the nation that must provide language assistance during elections for groups of citizens who are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process. These determinations are pursuant to specifications, as amended in July 2006, in the Voting Rights Act.

The list, published in the Federal Register, identifies which jurisdictions are covered by Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act and must provide language assistance for Hispanic, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Asian language groups. Internet address: <>.

Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee Adds Four New Members

Dec. 2 — The U.S. Census Bureau has announced four new members to serve on its National Advisory Committee (NAC). This committee consists of 32 members who work on topics such as language, the aging and hard-to-reach populations, race and ethnicity, and American Indian and Alaska Native tribal considerations. The National Advisory Committee also advises on confidentiality and data privacy. They will next convene this spring, April 27 - 28, at the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, Maryland. Internet address: <>.

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American Community Survey

2011-2015 American Community Survey Statistics

Dec. 8 — The American Community Survey five-year statistics, based on data collected from 2011 to 2015, cover all geographic areas regardless of size, down to the block-group level. The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about people and housing for every community in the nation. The survey is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40 topics it covers. It produces statistics for language, education, commuting, employment, mortgage status and rent, as well as income, poverty and health insurance. Internet address: <>.

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Characteristics of the U.S. Population by Generation

Nov. 30 — This first-ever report titled “Characteristics of the U.S. Population by Generational Status: 2013” examines differences among the foreign-born or “first generation,” the second generation (native-born with at least one foreign-born parent) and the third-and-higher generation (native-born with two native-born parents) using statistics from the Current Population Survey. Internet address: <>.

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2014 Statistics of U.S. Businesses

Dec. 1 — This release includes single-year estimates of the number of firms, number of establishments, employment and annual payroll. Statistics are presented by Metropolitan Statistical Area, county and Legal Form of Organization. Internet address: <>.

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Facts for Features

Holiday Season

Dec. 1 — This festive season, or simply the holidays, is a time for gathering and celebrating with family and friends, gift giving, reflection and thanks. To commemorate this time of year, the Census Bureau presents holiday-related statistics. Internet address: <>.

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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 car comfort in the “Chill Rides” (Nov. 28) and getting hooked in “On Our Tows” (Dec. 6). Internet address: <>.

Updating Congress on Testing for the 2020 Census

Written by John H. Thompson: We’re continuing to make great progress at the U.S. Census Bureau in preparing for the 2020 Census. On Nov. 16, I was proud to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Government Operations that our preparations remain on track and on schedule. As of right now, we have made 259 of our 350, 2020 Census Operational Plan design decisions and the remaining are on schedule. We continue to work with the Government Accountability Office, receiving thoughtful input on our plans.

Hispanic-Owned Businesses on the Upswing

By: Robert Bernstein, International Trade Management Division: With the recent conclusion of another annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, here are two sources of business data that show gains in America’s Hispanic-owned businesses. The number of U.S. businesses owned by Hispanics grew by more than 1 million firms, or 46.3 percent, from 2.3 million to 3.3 million from 2007 to 2012. In contrast, the total number of all U.S. firms increased 2.0 percent during the same period, from 27.1 million to 27.6 million.

Immigrant Voting in the United States

Written by: Edward Trevelyan: In recent decades, immigration has driven population growth more than natural increase. Therefore, it is useful to examine the degree to which immigration status shapes the voting-eligible population, or “electorate.” A new report released today from the U.S. Census Bureau examines a number of generational characteristics, including voting patterns.

The Goods and Services Deficit Increased to $42.6 billion in October 2016

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $42.6 billion in October, up $6.4 billion from $36.2 billion in September, revised. October exports were $186.4 billion, $3.4 billion less than September exports. October imports were $229.0 billion, $3.0 billion more than September imports.

The Liquid Joy of the American Economy

Written by: Steven Finkelstein: As you sip your “Morning Joe,” “afternoon pick-me-up” or “rocket fuel,” think about where that java might have come from. In this blog, we will talk about the impact of this popular beverage on international trade.

How Much Do Startups Impact Employment Growth in the U.S.?

Written by:  Jim Lawrence, Economy-Wide Statistics Division: The U.S. Census Bureau releases data every year describing changes for businesses operating in the United States. This infographic shows the number of jobs created by startups annually between 2004 and 2014, as well as job creation from startups as a percentage of total U.S. employment for 2006 and 2014. Figure 1 shows job creation from startups as a percentage of total U.S. employment for each year between 2004 and 2014.

A Glance at the Age Structure and Labor Force Participation of Rural America

Written by Jennifer Cheeseman Day, Donald Hays, and Adam Smith: Rural America is older than urban America. The median age of all people living in rural areas is 43 years, compared with 36 years for urban areas. We know that age is an underlying factor driving many phenomena, such as labor force participation, educational attainment and earnings. With the release of the 5-year American Community Survey this year, we are exploring rural-urban relationships such as these.

Life Off the Highway: A Snapshot of Rural America

Written by Alison Fields, Kelly Ann Holder, and Charlynn Burd, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division: We are a nation of communities. The 2011-2015 American Community Survey statistics released today helps tell the story of us all — each city, town and neighborhood. This year we are taking a detour down a road driven by only one in five Americans. We are exploring what the latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics can tell us about the 60 million people who live in rural America.

Rurality Matters

Written by Kelly Ann Holder, Alison Fields, and Daphne Lofquist, U.S. Census Bureau: Today, about 60 million residents of the United States live in areas designated as rural by the U.S. Census Bureau. So, what exactly does rural look like? “Rural” can span from the less-populated towns outside of large and small city centers to remote areas in the mountains, plains, and deserts across the nation.

Homes on the Range: Homeownership Rates Are Higher in Rural America

Written by: Christopher Mazur, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division: For decades, homeownership rates have been an important indicator of the health of housing markets all across the United States. Communities use these data to recognize the changing landscape of their housing markets by analyzing patterns in the percentage of owner-occupied housing units compared  to all occupied units. Homebuilders, financial institutions and realtors all depend on homeownership data to determine what type of housing to build, finance and sell to prospective homebuyers. While last decade’s housing crash and Great Recession altered the economy and conditions of housing markets throughout the nation, studies have shown that most Americans continue to believe homeownership is both desirable and attainable.

A Comparison of Rural and Urban America: Household Income and Poverty

Written by: Alemayehu Bishaw and Kirby G. Posey, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division: The U.S. Census Bureau today released data that show that nationally, rural Americans have lower median household incomes than urban households, but people living in rural areas have lower poverty rates than their urban counterparts. According to the 2015 American Community Survey, median household income for rural households was $52,386, about 4.0 percent lower than the median for urban households, $54,296. About 13.3 percent of people in rural areas lived in families with incomes below the official poverty thresholds. The poverty rate for people in urban areas was 16.0 percent. Income inequality, as measured by the Gini index, was lower for rural households than urban households.

Beyond the Farm: Rural Industry Workers in America

Written by Lynda Laughlin, Industry and Occupation Statistics Branch: Rural America faces unique challenges and opportunities compared with urban America. However, the contributions of rural communities go far beyond the farm. The rural economy has diversified substantially since the mid-20th Century. Jobs in the agricultural sector are on the decline while jobs in manufacturing, retail sales and educational services are on the rise.

The Foreign-Born by Urban-Rural Status of Counties: 2011-2015

Written by Thomas Gryn, Population Division, Foreign-Born Population Branch: According to the latest Census Bureau data from the American Community Survey, the foreign-born population, or anyone who is not a U.S. citizen at birth (including those who become U.S. citizens through naturalization), comprised 13.2 percent of the overall U.S. population between 2011-2015.


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