U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Skip Header

Random Samplings

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)

All States (4)

American Community Survey (ACS) (97)

American Housing Survey (AHS) (1)

American Indian or Alaska Native (AIAN) (4)

American Samoa - AS (2)

Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE) (2)

Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) (1)

Annual Survey of School System Finances (1)

Asian (5)

Associate Director for Economic Programs (2)

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 (25)

COVID-19 (12)

Census Business Builder (CBB) (1)

Census Operations (22)

Census Partnership Network (1)

Center for Economic Studies (CES) (2)

Children (3)

Citizenship Status (6)

Class of Worker (11)

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands - MP (2)

Community Resilience Estimates (1)

Community Resilience Estimates (1)

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)

Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer (2)

Disability (1)

Disability Employment Tabulation (1)

Disclosure Avoidance (9)

Economic Census (EC) (6)

Economic Indicators (3)

Education (13)

Educational Attainment (4)

Educational Services (1)

Emergency Preparedness (6)

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)

Guam - GU (2)

Health (10)

Health Care Industries (1)

Health Insurance (18)

Hispanic Origin (10)

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 (10)

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 (14)

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)

Puerto Rico - PR (10)

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 (9)

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 (3)

Spanish (6)

State (4)

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)

U.S. Virgin Islands - VI (2)

USA Trade Online (3)

United States - US (14)

Urban (1)

Value of Sales, Receipts, Revenue, or Shipments (2)

Veterans (7)

Voting & Registration (3)

Women (5)

data.census.gov (1)

e-Commerce Sales (1)

Showing 17 Results
September 2017
  • 2017


Random Samplings Blog
Housing Unit Growth and Decline in the Last 10 Years
September 26, 2017  
In counties across the United States, the patterns of change in the overall number of housing units, whether an increase or decrease, have shifted over the last decade.

Random Samplings Blog
The Role of Firm Age in the Dynamics of Job Creation and Destruction
September 20, 2017  
The 2015 BDS provide annual statistics on job creation and destruction, establishment births and deaths, and firm startups and shutdowns.

Random Samplings Blog
Was median household income in 2016 the highest median household income ever reported from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement?
September 19, 2017  
On Tuesday, September 12, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2016 income, poverty and health insurance statistics from the CPS ASEC.

Random Samplings Blog
Different Measures of Demographic Change and the Stories They Tell
September 19, 2017  
When examining how the U.S. population shifts over time, demographers use several different methods to measure overall population change.

Random Samplings Blog
Who Are the Uninsured?
September 14, 2017  
In 2016, there were about 27.3 million people (8.6 percent of the population) who lacked health insurance coverage according to the latest American Community Survey data.

Research Matters Blog
Health Insurance Coverage of Veterans
September 14, 2017  
Financing the health care of veterans is of particular concern to the American public given the unique medical needs many require as a result of illnesses and injuries incurred while serving in the military.

Random Samplings Blog
Inside the American Community Survey: 2016 Language Data Overhaul
September 14, 2017  
The American Community Survey is the most widely used source of language data for the United States.

Random Samplings Blog
Median Earnings over the Last 40 Years
September 12, 2017  
In Figure 2 of the 2016 income and poverty report, we show estimates of median earnings for full-time, year-round workers, from which we calculate the most widely accepted measure of the male-female earnings gap.

Random Samplings Blog
Outlying Older Americans: The Puzzle of Increasing Poverty among those 65 and Older
September 12, 2017  
On September 12, the U.S. Census Bureau released estimates from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, known as the CPS ASEC, showing that national poverty rates declined by 0.8 percentage points in 2016 — to a rate of 12.7 percent.

Random Samplings Blog
Recovering from Recession?Who Recovered and When?
September 12, 2017  
Since June 2009, the U.S. economy has been experiencing what economists refer to as a “business cycle expansion.”

Random Samplings Blog
Census Bureau Releases 2016 Supplemental Poverty Measure
September 12, 2017  
Today, the U.S. Census Bureau, in collaboration with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released its seventh annual supplemental poverty measure report.

Random Samplings Blog
How the Local Update of Census Addresses Helps Improve Census Counts for Communities
September 07, 2017  
A successful 2020 Census is dependent on a complete and accurate address list, which is used to reach every household in the United States.

Random Samplings Blog
How the Census Bureau Measures Income and Poverty
September 05, 2017  
Income, poverty and health insurance statistics for 2016 from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, known as CPS ASEC, will be released Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

Random Samplings Blog
What is the Supplemental Poverty Measure and How Does It Differ From the Official Measure?
September 05, 2017  
Since the publication of the first official U.S. poverty statistics, there has been a continuing debate about the best way to measure income and poverty in the United States.

Random Samplings Blog
"Varying Degrees of Poverty, Thinking Beyond "Poor" and "Not Poor""
September 05, 2017  
The concept of poverty is often interpreted as a state of being “poor” or “not poor.”

Random Samplings Blog
50 Years of Poverty Statistics
September 05, 2017  
This year’s release of the official poverty rate will mark the 50th anniversary of the first national poverty statistics published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Random Samplings Blog
Health Insurance Coverage Measurement in Two Surveys
September 05, 2017  
The U.S. Census Bureau is releasing two sources for health insurance statistics for the U.S.: the Annual Social & Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey & the ACS.
Is this page helpful?
Thumbs Up Image Yes Thumbs Down Image No
255 characters maximum 255 characters maximum reached
Thank you for your feedback.
Comments or suggestions?


Back to Header