U.S. Census Bureau researchers and other survey research professionals across the nation will present findings at the 77th Annual American Association for Public Opinion Research Conference. This year’s conference is a forum for Census Bureau staffers to present and discuss their research on a spectrum of topics. (Scheduled for May 11-14.)
The mission of the U.S. Census Bureau is to serve as the nation’s leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy. Achieving the mission transcends that of conducting the decennial census, the count from which is used to determine the number of seats in the U. S. House of Representatives for each state. The Census Bureau gathers data covering many aspects describing who we are as a nation, including attributes of our people, the nation’s businesses, and even our federal, state and local governments. Visit the Census Bureau Strategic Plan for years 2022 through 2026 to learn how the plan reflects core tenets to inspire innovation and improvement in our work, consistent with our core values of scientific integrity, objectivity and independence as well as equity, diversity and inclusion.
The U.S. Census Bureau will release the results from the 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) for the 50 states and District of Columbia May 19. This release includes coverage estimates for states – undercount and overcount rates and components of coverage by state and the District of Columbia (a state equivalent); and national components of coverage – correct or erroneous enumerations and whole-person imputations by census operation. Results will not be broken down by demographic characteristics or geographic areas within the state. (Scheduled for release May 19.)
The Census Redistricting and Voting Rights Data Office has invited designated state liaisons from the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to provide newly adopted congressional and legislative district boundary plans to the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau will use these new boundaries in upcoming data products set to be released later this year through spring 2023.
The event to recognize Hartville, Missouri, as the center of population of the United States has been postponed to fall 2022 (previously scheduled for spring 2022). The event will include an on-site unveiling of a commemorative survey monument. More details will be available in the coming months. (Scheduled for fall 2022.)
Census Bureau experts dive deeper into a range of data processing and quality-related topics in a series of blogs. (Scheduled for release periodically throughout 2022.)
Internet tables and detailed downloadable files will show annual population estimates for cities and towns, to include incorporated places and minor civil divisions, along with nation, state and county housing unit estimates as of July 1, 2021. (Scheduled for embargo starting May 24; for public release on May 26.)
The U.S. Census Bureau has begun collecting data from schools for the new School Pulse Panel (SPP) as part of efforts to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and staff in U.S. public schools. The SPP is sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics and collects data on instructional modes offered, enrollment counts, learning loss mitigation strategies, safety and health strategies, use of technology and more. To learn more, visit the School Pulse Panel page.
The experimental Household Pulse Survey is an effort by the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal statistical agencies to document temporal trends in how individuals are experiencing business curtailment and closures, stay-at-home orders, school closures, changes in spending patterns, and other abrupt and significant changes to American life.
Census Business Builder (CBB) is being updated to version 4.2. Updates to the tool include fixes to the geography rankings and PDF map builder, as well as the 2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-year data. In addition, a new beta feature has been added, a new prebuilt region for NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs). To learn more about the full scope of CBB updates, visit the CBB homepage and explore both the Small Business Edition and the Regional Analyst Edition versions. (Scheduled for release May 9.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release new Annual Survey of School System Finances tables. The tables will provide new data on spending per public school pupil (pre-K through 12th grade) in addition to data on national and state revenue and debt in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (Scheduled for release May 18.)
As the economy recovers from Covid-19, employers throughout Missouri face difficulties in finding workers. “Using Census Data to Understand Youth Employment” will examine several key youth employment trends. The webinar utilizes the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) and several other publicly available data sources. Engaging younger workers — both high school students and recent high school graduates — represents one potential solution for addressing this labor shortage. Younger workers often fill many low-wage, part-time or seasonal jobs. These employment opportunities expose young people to the world of work, allow them to explore potential careers and enable them to earn money. For recent high school graduates, early employment opportunities may represent first steps in establishing careers. (Scheduled for May 18.)
Census Bureau’s subject matter experts will present data available from various sources. You will learn about business and demographic data to include the characteristics of business owners within the industries. The session includes how to find key data from the Service Annual Survey, the Annual Business Survey and the American Community Survey. Discover gems and resources connected to the Economic Census statistics. There will be an opportunity to connect with our experts via live chat and during the Q&A segment of the webinar. This webinar is part 2 of 6 in a series to help data users discover Census Bureau data leading up to the launch of the 2022 Economic Census. (Scheduled for May 19.)
The ZIP Code Business Patterns (ZBP) upcoming annual series release provides 2020 economic data at the ZIP code level. ZBP data include the number of establishments at the employment-size class by industry level (2- through 6-digit NAICS). ZBP data also include the number of establishments, employment during the week including March 12, first quarter and annual payroll at the total for all sectors level NAICS 00. (Scheduled for release May 26.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release a data visualization that summarizes 2020 e-commerce statistics on shipments, sales and revenues from key sectors of the economy: manufacturing, wholesale, services and retail. The statistics are available for the nation dating back to 1998. The estimates in this data visualization are based on data collected from separate surveys: Annual Survey of Manufactures, Annual Wholesale Trade Survey, Service Annual Survey and the Annual Retail Trade Survey. Measures of total economic activity and e-commerce are presented in this data visualization to provide a broad perspective of e-commerce activity across several sectors. The data visualization and information about the individual surveys used will be available on the Census Bureau’s website at <www.census.gov/programs-surveys/e-stats.html> (Scheduled for release May 26.)
The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll statistics provide a comprehensive look at the employment of the nation’s state and local governments. The survey provides state and local government data on full- and part-time employment, full-time equivalent employment, and payroll statistics by governmental function. (Tentatively scheduled release in May.)
The Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS) is a high-frequency survey that measures the effect of changing business conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as other major events such as hurricanes, on our nation’s small businesses. SBPS complements existing Census Bureau data by providing detailed, near real-time information on the challenges faced by small businesses. The survey includes information on operations, workplace COVID-19 vaccinations and testing requirements, supply-chain disruptions, capital expenditures, measures of overall well-being, and expectations for recovery. Weekly data downloads and visualizations are available at the national, sector, state and metropolitan statistical area (MSA) level for the 50 largest MSAs and Puerto Rico. Sub-sector and state-by-sector data are also available for download. Phase 8 marks the final phase of the SBPS. Plans are underway at the Census Bureau for the transition of SBPS and an announcement will be forthcoming soon.
The Business Formation Statistics (BFS) provide timely and high-frequency data on business applications and employer business formations on a monthly basis. The data are available at the state, regional and national levels and by industry sector at the national level. The next monthly BFS release is May 11 and will include April 2022 data.
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.
The Census Bureau hosted the National Advisory Committee Spring Virtual Meeting — May 5-6. The Committee addressed policy, research and technical topics relating to a full range of Census Bureau programs and activities, including the decennial census, demographic and economic statistical programs, field operations and information technology. For more information visit <www.census.gov/about/cac/nac/meetings/2022-05-meeting.html>.
April 30 — The Census Bureau’s recent daily podcast Profile America Audio came to an end on April 30, 2022, after 25 years. Profile America began in 1997 with one-minute audio clips and scripts that have connected Census Bureau data to a wide range of familiar and sometimes overlooked holidays, anniversaries, observances, celebrations and historic events. The distribution of Profile America has reflected changing technology and listeners’ preferences, shifting from packaging and mailing audio CDs to instant anywhere, anytime online playbacks and downloads. In its place, the Census Bureau launched a new product.
April 27 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced revised release dates for the next set of 2020 Census data products, starting with the release of the Demographic Profile and the Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC) in May 2023. Additionally, data previously planned for inclusion in the Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (Detailed DHC) will now be released as three separate products, with the first product scheduled for release in August 2023 and the schedules for the remaining products to be determined. New timelines are now available for development of the DHC and Detailed DHC-A.
Census Bureau experts discussed how the pandemic affected data collection for the American Community Survey in 2020 and other aspects of the survey. (Released periodically in 2021 and early 2022.)
April 28 — The County Business Patterns annual series release provides 2020 subnational economic data by industry using the two- through six-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. These data include detailed information on the number of establishments, employment during the week including March 12, and first quarter and annual payroll at the national, state, metropolitan/micropolitan statistical area, combined statistical area, county and congressional district levels for nearly 1,000 NAICS industries. Data for Puerto Rico and the Island Areas are also available at the state- and county-equivalent level.
April 28 — Census Bureau subject matter experts presented data available from various sources. You learned about the different types of data available in this sector and the workers within the industries. The session includes how to find key data from the Services Annual Survey and crucial information on the workers from the Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamics and the American Community Survey. Discover gems and resources connected to the statistics. There will be an opportunity to connect with our experts via live chat and during the Q&A segment of the webinar. This webinar is part one of six in a series to help data users discover Census Bureau data leading up to the launch of the 2022 Economic Census.
April 18 — The month-long observance of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders started more than 25 years ago. We celebrate their growing contributions to our nation with a host of statistical information on this group. Statistics are included for the Asian as well as the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander populations covering demographics and businesses.
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:
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.
Written by: Cynthia Davis Hollingsworth, Program Manager for 2020 Census Data Products and Dissemination, Decennial Census Management Division; Jason Devine, Assistant Division Chief for Census Programs, Population Division — April 27 — As we continue to develop the next set of 2020 Census data products, we wanted to provide an update on the schedule and next steps for the release of the Demographic Profile, the Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC), and the Detailed DHC product. Our current schedule points to the release of the Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC) and the Demographic Profile tables by May 31, 2023. We also expect to release the Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A (Detailed DHC-A) in August 2023. Please see the blog post on the Detailed DHC for more information on this data product.
Written by: Rachel Marks, Chief, Racial Statistics Branch, Population Division; Nicholas Jones, Director and Senior Advisor for Race/Ethnicity Research and Outreach, Population Division — April 27 — Data yet to come from the 2020 Census are on detailed racial, ethnic, and American Indian and Alaska Native tribal and village population groups — such as German, Lebanese, Jamaican, Chinese, Native Hawaiian, Mexican and the Navajo Nation. The 2020 Census will produce data for more detailed groups than ever before because of improvements made to the questionnaire design and coding processes. These improvements enabled us to collect more detailed race and ethnicity data, including data for detailed White and Black or African American groups (such as German and Jamaican) for the first time through dedicated write-in areas.
By the Numbers: Join us each month as we shine a spotlight on notable observances, anniversaries and historical events for the month ahead. Celebrate your state's birthday with fun facts. Explore Census Bureau data through audio, video, infographics and more that we invite you to share.
Check out our May inaugural feature, which includes:
When major disasters strike, visit our Emergency Management Page to get demographic and economic data on impacted areas. Each disaster will include data from our key Emergency Management Tools: OnTheMap for Emergency Management, Community Resilience Estimates, Census Business Builder: Regional Analyst Edition, and other useful resources.
See which of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 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. Learn more about surveys currently being conducted in each Census Bureau region:
Listed below are a few of the U.S. Census Bureau’s interactive applications used to access statistics from our 130-plus annual surveys. A complete list can be accessed on the Census Bureau’s Data Tools and Apps webpage.
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 each, show how to use Census Bureau databases and mapping tools and find demographic and economic statistics at a local or national level. Descriptions of upcoming sessions are available on our Census Academy page. Login details are provided at least one week before a webinar.
Visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s Educational Resource Library for previously recorded, free trainings available at your convenience. The library includes presentations, recorded webinars, tutorials and other helpful materials.