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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

One Month Until 2020 Census Invitations Begin

In mid-March, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin mailing invitations to households across the country with instructions on how to participate in the 2020 Census. Most households will receive an invitation by April 1, 2020. People can respond online, by phone or by mail. (Scheduled for release Feb. 12.)

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American Community Survey

Women’s Earnings by Occupation From the 2018 American Community Survey

In honor of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Census Bureau will release a graphic showing median earnings by detailed occupation from the 2018 American Community Survey. The occupation table shows the female earnings for full-time, year-round workers in 2018 and figures on the number of women in select occupations. (Scheduled for release Feb. 25.)

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Population Projections Update

The U.S. Census Bureau is releasing several new and updated population projection reports that cover projected life expectancy by nativity, projected population by alternative migration scenarios and updated population projections by demographic characteristics. Supplemental data files for the alternative migration scenarios and input data sets for the main projections series are also being released. For more information on past projection reports, visit <>. (Scheduled for release Feb. 13.)

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2019

This report and table package provides Current Population Survey statistics on educational attainment by demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, race and Hispanic origin. It also includes detailed information, including charts and graphs on years of school completed, and shows the level of education adults have completed. (Scheduled for release Mar. 4.)

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Census Business Builder 3.0

The Census Bureau released version 3.0 of both the Small Business Edition (SBE) and Regional Analyst Editions (RAE) of Census Business Builder. This release includes functionality updates, including automatic application of filters, shapefile download and upload and the ability to view all counties in the U.S. on the map. It also adds more data, including full NAICS drill down in RAE, and updates to the year of nearly all of the data in the tool. (Tentatively scheduled for release Feb. 3.)

2018 Annual Wholesale Trade Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau will release Annual Wholesale Trade Survey data for 2018. Data are released at the national level for agents, brokers and merchant wholesalers. Topics include sales, inventories, e-commerce, operating expenses, purchases and commissions. (Tentatively scheduled for release Feb. 6.)

2020 LED Webinar: How to Use Big Data Systems to Democratize Access to LED and Other Census Data

The U.S. Census Bureau and Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership, in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Labor Market Institute, welcomes Vivian Zheng as she presents, “How to Use Big Data Systems to Democratize Access to LED and Other Census Data.” (Scheduled for Feb. 19.)

Annual Retail Trade Survey

This report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides national estimates of total annual sales, e-commerce sales, end-of-year inventories, purchases, total and detailed operating expenses, gross margins and end-of-year accounts receivable for retail businesses located in the United States. The Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS) sample covers employer businesses classified in retail trade sector located in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. ARTS excludes data for businesses located in the U.S. territories. The data are published on a North American Industry Classification System basis and the estimates are used to benchmark the monthly retail sales and inventories estimates each spring. (Scheduled for release Feb. 20.)

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Facts for Features

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 February.)

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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.

  • 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 a growth agenda in “Agriculture Rises” (Feb. 8) and the art of the deal in “Finagling Florida” (Feb. 23).

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. 17, 2020)

U.S. Census Bureau to Host 2020 Census Facebook Live Event

Jan. 28 — Join the U.S. Census Bureau on Facebook this Thursday to learn more about the Census Bureau’s Trust and Safety Team, and how to support a complete and accurate 2020 Census count. Census Bureau officials will discuss efforts to combat misinformation and disinformation and how partnerships with tech companies are helping. Learn about the government’s first Trust and Safety Team and how it’s protecting the 2020 Census. Tune in for more information.

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2020 Census

2020 Census Response Rate Challenge Toolkit

Jan. 23 — The U.S. Census Bureau has released a downloadable toolkit geared toward helping local elected officials and community leaders plan a Response Rate Challenge for the 2020 Census. The new toolkit encourages leaders in every town, city and state to challenge their communities to improve upon their 2010 Census response rates in the upcoming national census.

2020 Census Begins in Remote Alaska

Jan. 21 — 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 help 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.

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American Community Survey


Jan. 30 — 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.

ACS 1-Year Supplemental Estimates

Jan. 30 — The U.S. Census Bureau will release the 2018 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year Supplemental Estimates. Supplemental Estimates are simplified versions of popular ACS tables for geographic areas with at least 20,000 people.

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Family Participation Rates in Nutritional Assistance Programs: 2015 (SIPP)

Jan. 30 —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.

International Map Viewer 2020 Data Update

Jan. 30 — The U.S. Census Bureau’s International Map Viewer provides four key population and demographic measures for each of the 228 countries and areas of the world that have populations of at least 5,000. Selected from a more complete list of measures contained in the Census Bureau’s International Data Base, the following four 2020 measures are available by clicking on a desired country displayed in the interactive map: total population, annual population growth rate, life expectancy at birth and infant mortality rate.

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2018 Annual Survey of State Government Finances and Revised 2012-2017 Data

Jan. 31 — The Annual Survey of State Government Finances provides a comprehensive summary of annual survey findings for state governments. The findings show revenues, expenditures, debt and cash and security holdings for each state, as well as a national summary of state government finances. Government financial data are presented within four broad activity sectors: general government, utilities, liquor stores and insurance trust sectors. The general government sector includes all government revenue and expenditure activities that are consistent with government functions, such as public protection, education, health and welfare, and the like. These activities are distinct from the business-like activities presented in the remaining three sectors (utility, liquor stores and insurance trusts).

2017 Economic Census of Island Areas Rollout

Jan. 28 — 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.

Accessing the Economic Census Local Area Data on Tips and Tricks

Jan. 21 — 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.

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Facts for Features

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

Jan. 27 —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.

National African-American (Black) History Month: February

Jan. 22 — 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.

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America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers

America Counts tells the stories behind the numbers in a new, inviting way. We feature stories on various topics such as families, housing, employment, business, education, the economy, emergency preparedness and population. New stories include:

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Schedule B: Unit of Measure Changes

Jan. 21 — Written by: Taylor A. Martin and Mayumi H. Escalante, International Trade Indicator Micro Analysis Branch, Economic Indicators Division — The U.S. Census Bureau regularly updates the Schedule B export classification codes in January and July. But this year and last, we also made changes to many Schedule B units of measure (UOMs) of X (no quantity required), assigning them specific quantities like kilograms to adhere to the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) needs specific UOMs for Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) and Schedule B numbers to calculate duty drawback, a refund of duties, fees and taxes paid on goods imported into the U.S. and subsequently exported. (For more information on duty drawback, visit <>.) The U.S. International Trade Commission updated the UOMs of HTS numbers with duty rates at the beginning of 2019 – and assigned specific UOMs to the remaining numbers this January. For more information on these changes, see CBP’s website.

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Profile America segments include a matter of taste in “Specialty Bean Scene” (Jan. 18) and hitting the books in “First Librarian of Congress” (Jan. 30). 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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