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2020 Product Calendar

The U.S. Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product scheduled for release in 2020. These products are listed in the Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which is updated as needed throughout the year.

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2020 Census

2020 Census Begins in Remote Alaska

U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will count the first person and household in the 2020 Census this Tuesday, Jan. 21. The director will kick off the official count in Toksook Bay, Alaska, one of approximately 220 Alaska Native villages in remote Alaska. Following a four-day 2020 Census awareness trip in Anchorage and Bethel, Alaska, Director Dillingham will travel to Toksook Bay where he will meet local census takers, village leaders, and residents. He will deliver the first 2020 Census questionnaire to the first household selected by village leaders in Toksook Bay. The first enumeration will come after the launch of a $500 million public education and outreach campaign featuring more than 1,000 advertisements designed to inform the public about the 2020 Census and 2020 Census jobs. The U.S. Census Bureau plans to hire 500,000 people to complete the 2020 Census. The massive public education effort includes a heavy focus on encouraging participation among multicultural and hard-to-count groups, including rural populations and Alaska Natives. (Scheduled for release Jan. 21.)

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American Community Survey


The U.S. Census Bureau will release the 2014-2018 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) and the 2014-2018 variance replicate tables. The PUMS files provide a 5% sample of the U.S. population to users to create their own tabulations. The variance replicate tables allow users to calculate margins of error when aggregating data within a table or between geographies. (Scheduled for release Jan. 30.)

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Family Participation Rates in Nutritional Assistance Programs: 2014 (SIPP)

Millions of Americans rely on public and private sup­port to help meet their nutritional needs. This brief looks at family and individual participation in nutri­tion assistance programs in calendar year 2015 as reported in Wave 3 of the 2014 SIPP. In this brief, nutrition assistance refers to either participation in one of the major means-tested federal food support programs or receipt of community-based support. The federal food support programs included in this analysis are SNAP, school breakfast and lunch, and WIC. Community-based nutrition assistance includes food support offered by government social service agencies, charitable organiza­tions, family, friends or some other entity. (Tentatively scheduled for release in January.)

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Accessing the Economic Census Local Area Data on Tips and Tricks

Release of the 2017 Economic Census Geographic Area Statistics data on the new platform began on Jan. 9, but unlike other Census Bureau business data, these data are being released on a flow basis by state and sector through November 2020. The Census Bureau is hosting a webinar to provide tips on how best to access these data following key scenarios that users will face when trying to find the information for their state and type of business. The webinar will also provide information about the resources available on the Economic Census website that help users better understand these releases, including a new interactive “What’s Been Released by State” map. (Scheduled for release Jan. 21.)

2017 Economic Census of Island Areas Rollout

The U.S. Census Bureau will be releasing island area statistics from the 2017 Economic Census for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and for selected 2- through 5- digit NAICS codes. Statistics for Puerto Rico will be released in December 2020. (Tentatively scheduled for release Jan. 28.)

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Facts for Features

National African-American (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 January.) 

Women’s History Month: March 2020

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. (Tentatively scheduled for release in January.)

Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)

You may not find a pot of gold at the end of this edition of Facts for Features but you will find it useful and informative nonetheless. 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. (Tentatively scheduled for release in January.)

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Stats for Stories

Stats for Stories provides links to timely story ideas highlighting the U.S. Census Bureau’s newsworthy statistics that relate to current events, observances, holidays and anniversaries. The story ideas are intended to assist the media in story mining and producing content for their respective audiences.

  • Popcorn Day: Jan. 19, 2020
  • *Special Edition* 2020 Census Count Begins in Remote Alaska: Jan. 21, 2020
  • Chinese New Year: Jan. 25, 2020
  • Spouses Day: Jan. 26, 2020
  • Grammy Awards: Jan. 26, 2020 
  • American Heart Month: February 2020
  • Groundhog Day: Feb. 2, 2020
  • Super Bowl LIV (54): Feb. 2, 2020
  • National Women Physician Day: Feb. 3, 2020
  • Mail Carrier Day: Feb. 4, 2020
  • National Weatherperson's Day: Feb. 5, 2020
  • National Pizza Day, National Bagel Day: Feb. 9, 2020
  • Academy Awards: Feb. 9, 2020
  • Inventors’ Day: Feb. 11, 2020
  • Valentine’s Day: Feb. 14, 2020
  • Singles Awareness Day: Feb. 15, 2020
  • Presidents’ Day: Feb. 17, 2020
  • Mardi Gras: Feb. 25, 2020

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Upcoming segments include going with the grain in “Oatmeal Month” (Jan. 22) and launching the levy in “Federal Income Tax” (Feb. 3).

The daily features are available at <>. There the menu options allow selection for Profile America, with download options for MP3 and WAV files, or zip files for the entire month (MP3).

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Recently Released
(Released since Jan. 3, 2020)

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW)

Jan. 15 — The SABEW selected more than 25 business journalists for the 2020 SABEW Goldschmidt Data Immersion Workshop. This year’s workshop is Jan. 13-17 in Washington, D.C. The goal is to help participants understand how the government uses data. Journalists will have the opportunity to explore data and talk with experts at the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Jan. 15.

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2020 Census

National Outreach Campaign Launched to Drive 2020 Census Response

Jan. 14 — The U.S. Census Bureau unveiled its national advertising and outreach campaign for the 2020 Census. The preview event showed the Census Bureau’s commitment to reach all audiences, including those that are hard-to-count, with more than 1,000 advertisements in English and 12 other languages, and to encourage participation in the 2020 Census.

Census Bureau Releases New Content on 2020Census.Gov in 59 Languages

Jan. 13 — The U.S. Census Bureau recently launched an update to that includes content in 59 languages, including language assistance guides and videos that explain how to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone or by mail when it becomes available in mid-March. People can respond to the census online and by phone in 13 languages. The expansive site includes in-depth information in both English and Spanish.

Census Bureau Ramps Up Hiring for 2020 Census

Jan. 7 — The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up its national recruiting efforts to fill up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census taker positions needed to conduct the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau is recruiting in communities across the country to reach its goal of more than two million applicants.

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2018 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey

Jan. 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the Annual Capital Expenditures Survey report for data year 2018. The survey provides estimates of all nonfarm business expenditures during the year for new and used structures and equipment. Expenditures also include capitalized leasehold improvements and capitalized interest charges on loans used to finance investments. These estimates are provided at the economic sector level, based on the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), as well as for industries within those sectors at the NAICS three-digit and selected four-digit levels.

These statistics provide important input for federal agencies constructing composite national economic measures, including the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ estimates of private-fixed investments, a major component of gross domestic product; the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ estimates of capital stocks for productivity analysis; and the Federal Reserve Board’s Flow of Funds accounts.

The Economic Census Data Release

Jan. 9 — The U.S. Census Bureau will be releasing the first local area statistics from the 2017 Economic Census. Data will be released on a flow basis through November 2020 for all states and sub-geographies and all covered 2- through 6- digit NAICS codes. Visit the economic census website for the full release schedule.

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America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers

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Stats for Stories

Stats for Stories provides links to timely story ideas highlighting the Census Bureau’s newsworthy statistics that relate to current events, observances, holidays and anniversaries. The story ideas are intended to assist the media in story mining and producing content for their respective audiences.

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Profile America segments include the string story of “Drinking Straws” (Jan. 3) and dispensing cures in “National Pharmacists Day” (Jan. 12). Internet address:

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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:

Data Tools

See below for a few of the U.S. Census Bureau’s interactive applications to access statistics from our 130-plus annual surveys. Click here for a complete list.

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (Access Tools at Other Sites)

iPUMS USA collects, preserves and harmonizes U.S. Census Bureau microdata and provides easy access to this data with enhanced documentation.

Local Employment Dynamics

This partnership offers a variety of data tools.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Treemap

This interactive treemap shows all the counties in the United States arranged by region and sized according to population or SNAP participation.

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Training Opportunities

Census Bureau Training Opportunities

Webinars are available on a regular basis to help the public access and use U.S. Census Bureau statistics. These free sessions, lasting 60 to 90 minutes, show how to use Census Bureau databases and mapping tools and how to find demographic and economic statistics at a local or national level.

Descriptions for each of the upcoming sessions are available on our Census Academy page. Login details will be provided at least one week before a webinar.

Archived Training Resources

Visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s Educational Resource Library for previously recorded trainings that are free and available at your convenience. The library includes presentations, recorded webinars, tutorials and other helpful materials.

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