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The U.S. Census Bureau is the leading source of data about the population and economy of the United States. While the Census Bureau is best known for conducting a national headcount once every 10 years, the agency is continually conducting surveys that provide data about a variety of social and economic conditions.

Experts from around the Census Bureau will use Random Samplings to describe the objectives of their work and explain census and survey results. We hope this blog will increase awareness and use of the valuable data collected by the Census Bureau, and make this data more accessible to all users.


2010 Census (16)

2010 Census Program for Evaluations and Experiments (CPEX) (2)

2018 Census Test (1)

2019 Census Test (1)

2020 Census (58)

Administrative Records (6)

Age (13)

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting (1)

American Community Survey (ACS) (97)

American Housing Survey (AHS) (1)

American Indian or Alaska Native (AIAN) (4)

Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE) (2)

Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) (1)

Annual Survey of School System Finances (1)

Asian (5)

Associate Director for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (1)

Big Data (1)

Black or African American (6)

Building Permits Survey (BPS) (1)

Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) (1)

Business and Economy (23)

COVID-19 (11)

Census Business Builder (CBB) (1)

Census Operations (21)

Census Partnership Network (1)

Center for Economic Studies (CES) (2)

Children (3)

Citizenship Status (4)

Class of Worker (11)

Commuting (5)

Congressional Apportionment (3)

Construction (1)

Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) (1)

County Business Patterns (CBP) (1)

Current Population Survey (CPS) (27)

Data Collection & Processing (30)

Data Equity (1)

Data Processing (2)

Data Quality (Missing Data, Edit, and Imputation) (24)

Data Tool Information (19)

Decennial Census (1)

Disability (1)

Disability Employment Tabulation (1)

Disclosure Avoidance (9)

Economic Census (EC) (4)

Economic Indicators (3)

Education (13)

Educational Attainment (4)

Educational Services (1)

Emergency Preparedness (5)

Employment (18)

Energy and Environment (1)

Equal Employment Opportunity (2)

Ethnicity (2)

Exports (3)

Families and Households (13)

Families and Living Arrangements (14)

Fertility (1)

Foreign Trade (1)

Foreign Trade Statistical Program (1)

Foreign-Born (5)

Geography (13)

Geography Program (3)

Government (3)

Grandparents (1)

Group Quarters (10)

Health (10)

Health Care Industries (1)

Health Insurance (18)

Hispanic Origin (8)

Home Neighborhood Assessment (1)

Homeownership (1)

Household Pulse Survey (2)

Housing (9)

Housing Estimates (1)

Housing Vacancies (1)

Imports (1)

Income (40)

Income Inequality (1)

Income and Poverty (14)

Industry (6)

Industry and Class of Worker (11)

Industry and Occupation (11)

Information and Communication Technology (5)

International (3)

International Programs (4)

International Trade (8)

Island Area (2)

Labor Force Statistics (13)

Language Use (2)

Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Program (1)

Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders Survey (M3) (1)

Manufacturing (6)

Manufacturing Industry (1)

Marriage and Divorce (1)

Migration (6)

Missing Data, Edit, and Imputation (3)


National (8)

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (NHOPI) (4)

Occupation (12)

Older and Aging (3)

Owner Characteristics (9)

Population (49)

Population Estimates (11)

Population Estimates (12)

Population Projections (1)

Post Enumeration Survey (PES) (3)

Poverty (40)

Public Employee Benefits (1)

Public School Finances (1)

Quarterly Services Survey (QSS) (2)

Questionnaire (1)

Race (10)

Redistricting (6)

Redistricting Data Office (RDO) (2)

Rental Housing (1)

Rental Housing Finance Survey (RHFS) (1)

Research (1)

Retail Sales (2)

Rural (1)

School Districts (2)

School Enrollment (5)

Sex (7)

Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (1)

Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) (2)

Small Area Income and Poverty (1)

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) (4)

Small Business (3)

Small Business Pulse Survey (2)

Spanish (5)

State and Local Government (1)

Statistics in Schools (1)

Statistics of U.S. Businesses (SUSB) (1)

Supplemental Poverty Measure (9)

Survey of Business Owners (SBO) (3)

Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) (2)

Survey of Market Absorption of New Multifamily Units (SOMA) (1)

Teaching about Statistics (1)

Transportation (2)

USA Trade Online (3)

United States - US (8)

Urban (1)

Veterans (7)

Voting & Registration (3)

Women (5)

data.census.gov (1)

e-Commerce Sales (1)

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Random Samplings Blog
Redefining Urban Areas following the 2020 Census
December 22, 2022  
“Urban” and “rural” are terms that bring to mind specific kinds of landscapes—densely developed areas in the case of urban, and small towns, farms and open spaces in the case of rural.

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Disclosure Avoidance Protections for the American Community Survey
December 14, 2022  
We've heard from a number of data users lately who have questions about the status of our plans to strengthen confidentiality safeguards for our data products.

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How Inflation Affects the Census Bureau’s Income and Earnings Estimates
September 06, 2022  
In the report, Income in the United States: 2021, the Census Bureau will compare estimates of median income and earnings between 2020 and 2021 and present historical income and earnings estimates dating back to 1967.

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What’s the Difference Between the Supplemental and Official Poverty Measures?
September 06, 2022  
There has been continued debate about the best way to measure income and poverty in the United States since the first official U.S. poverty statistics were published in the mid-1960s.

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High Frequency Business Survey Highlights Trends in the U.S. Economy
June 15, 2022  
In April 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau launched two new surveys to produce near real-time data on the challenges small businesses and households were facing due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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2020 Census Data Products: Next Steps for Data Releases
April 27, 2022  
This blog provides an update on the schedule and next steps for the release of the Demographic Profile, the DHC, and the Detailed DHC product.

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Producing Detailed Racial, Ethnic and Tribal Data from the 2020 Census
April 27, 2022  
In this blog, we describe our current plans for developing and releasing these statistics and plans for other statistics in the Detailed DHC.

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Adapting Population Estimates to Address COVID-19 Impacts on Data Availability
April 14, 2022  
By now, it is well known that the COVID-19 pandemic significantly delayed the availability of 2020 Census data.

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Our Commitment to Quality: A Revised ACS Estimation Methodology
March 17, 2022  
We revised our estimation methodology to improve the 2020 portion of the 2016-2020 ACS 5-year data.

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Period Estimates in the American Community Survey
March 10, 2022  
On March 17, we will release the latest round of ACS estimates — the 2016-2020 5-year estimates, which were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Upcoming 2020 Census Coverage Estimates 
March 03, 2022  
The U.S. Census Bureau released coverage estimates for the 2020 Census.


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