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Tip Sheet Number 16 — August 13, 2021

Press Release Number TP21-16


2021 Product Calendar

The U.S. Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product scheduled for release in 2021. These products are listed in the Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which is updated as needed throughout the year.

2020 Census

Additional 2020 Census Operational Quality Metrics

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the next two rounds of 2020 Census operational quality metrics in August. On Aug. 18, the Census Bureau will provide summary county- and tract-level information by state for a limited set of previously released operational quality metrics. The metrics will not be available for individual counties or tracts, but rather they provide the average rates (mean), median and standard deviations for the state’s counties and tracts, respectively. On Aug. 25, the Census Bureau will provide item nonresponse rates for the population count, age or date of birth, race and Hispanic origin questions. These rates will be available for the nation, 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Census Bureau will discuss each release in blog posts. (Scheduled for release Aug. 18 and Aug. 25.)

2020 Census Data Processing and Data Quality Blog Series

Census Bureau experts will dive more deeply into a range of data processing and quality-related topics through a series of blogs. (Scheduled for release periodically throughout 2021.)

2020 Census Paid Temporary Workers

Each Tuesday, the U.S. Census Bureau will release the total number of 2020 Census paid temporary workers that earned any pay. The data tables include national totals for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (Scheduled for release each Tuesday.)

American Community Survey

Migration Flows Data Available for Counties, Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Minor Civil Divisions

The U.S. Census Bureau will release migration statistics from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS). These data tables highlight the geographic mobility of people between counties, metropolitan statistical areas, minor civil divisions in some states and municipalities (municipios) in Puerto Rico. The five-year data provide estimates of in-migration, out-migration and net migration of movers and nonmovers between origin and destination of these geographies. (Scheduled for release Sept. 2.)

American Community Survey Blog Series

Census Bureau experts will discuss how the pandemic affected data collection for the American Community Survey in 2020 and how the pandemic affects other aspects of the survey. (Scheduled for release periodically throughout 2021.)


Childless Older Americans: 2018 Report

The U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to release a new report focusing on the population of adults ages 55 and older who are childless. The report Childless Older Americans: 2018 uses data from the 2018 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to examine the circumstances (socioeconomic status and demographic charac­teristics), potential supports and health and well-being of child­less older adults. This is the first-ever report of its kind by the Census Bureau. The report also compares these characteristics to those of biological parents of the same age group. (Scheduled for release Aug. 31.)

Dynamics of Economic Well Being

The U.S. Census Bureau released a new report, Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Poverty, 2013–2016. The report presents data on poverty based on information collected in the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). The report describes patterns of poverty and provides a view of the duration that people endure poverty and the frequency of transitions into and out of poverty. The report also examines how poverty dynamics vary across demographic groups. (Scheduled for release in August.)

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2020

On Sept. 14, the Census Bureau will announce its findings on income and poverty for the nation based on the 2021 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). The report will include statistics pertaining to the 2020 calendar year and will also compare trends over time. (Scheduled for release Sept. 14.)

Health Insurance in the United States: 2020

On Sept. 14, the Census Bureau will announce its findings on health insurance coverage. The report will include national-level statistics from the 2021 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). It will include data for the 2020 calendar year and compare it with previous years. (Scheduled for release Sept. 14.)

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2020

On Sept. 14, the Census Bureau will announce its findings on the supplemental poverty measure for the nation based on the 2021 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). The report will include statistics pertaining to the 2020 calendar year and will also compare trends over time. (Scheduled for release Sept. 14.)

2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation: Program Receipts

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release program receipt data tables from the 2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). These tables provide national data about the receipt of social security, TANF, SNAP, WIC, SSI, retirement income, unemployment insurance, free- and reduced-price school meals, VA benefits and the receipt of child support, all for a variety of demographic characteristics. (Scheduled for release Sept. 16.)

2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release data from the 2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). The SIPP is a longitudinal survey that measures the dynamics of income, employment, health insurance, and participation in government transfer programs. This allows researchers to understand how income level and participation in assistance programs change over time. The Census Bureau will also release data-user support materials. (Scheduled for release September 16.)

2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation: Wealth, Asset Ownership and Debt of Households

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release Wealth, Asset Ownership, and Debt of Households detailed tables from the 2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). These data provide wealth and debt measures for a variety of demographic, social and household characteristics. These measures include information on home equity and retirement accounts as well as vehicle debt, credit card debt and student loans. (Scheduled for release September 16.)

School Pulse Panel

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 mode offered, enrollment counts, learning loss mitigation strategies, safe and healthy strategies, use of technology and more. To learn more, visit the School Pulse Panel page.

Household Pulse Survey

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. Data collection for phase 3.2 began July 21. The Census Bureau will disseminate data tables on a biweekly basis Aug. 11 through Oct. 20, 2021. The final public-use files for the phase will be released through Oct. 20, 2021.


Business Dynamics Statistics Explorer Tool

The U.S. Census Bureau in August will release a new web-based analysis tool for the Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) data. The new interactive Explorer application will allow data users to construct tables, charts and maps to visualize and analyze the 2018 time series BDS data. The BDS provides annual measures of business dynamics for the economy — such as job creation and destruction, establishment births and deaths, and firm startups and shutdowns — from 1978 through 2018, aggregated by establishment and firm characteristics. (Tentatively scheduled for release Aug. 18.)

Minding Our P's and Q’s: Using LODES Data to Explore the Impact of the CARES Act Pandemic Relief Programs

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute presents “Minding Our P's and Q’s: Using LODES Data to Explore the Impact of the CARES Act Pandemic Relief Programs.” Early scholarship on the pandemic relief programs created by the CARES Act were limited by a lack of geographic specificity and by a tendency to narrowly define “impact.” Using 13 million address‐level geocoded transactions linked to the LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES) data, this presentation illustrates how increased granularity not only provides a more nuanced interpretation of impact but more actionable information for local decision‐makers. (Scheduled for Aug. 18.)

2017 Economic Census Franchise Statistics Reports

This report from the Economic Census covers over 300 6-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industries at the national level only. It includes data on the number of all establishments in the industry as well as breakouts for franchisee- and franchisor-owned businesses. Data on total employment, annual payroll and sales are also shown. (Scheduled for release Aug. 26.)

2020 Annual Business Survey: First Look

The 2020 Annual Business Survey (ABS) First Look infographic provides preliminary statistics on the highest level of education completed by business owners for data year 2019. The ABS is conducted jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation. (Scheduled for release in August.)

Recent Cross County Commuting Patterns

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute presents “Recent Cross County Commuting Patterns.” This presentation will explore different analyses of cross-county commuting patterns in North Carolina. This research seeks to understand how commuting has changed across North Carolina. The presentation will focus on whether workers work and live in the same county, how that relationship changed over time, and the confluence of labor markets and commuting patterns. (Scheduled for release Sept. 1.)

Franchising in America: Key Data from the 2017 Economic Census

This webinar will provide an overview of the data published in the 2017 Economic Census Franchise Statistics report. This includes information on nearly 300 different types of businesses (not just Fast Food) with a breakout of franchises by franchisee-owned versus franchisor-owned. (Scheduled for Sept. 1.)

Small Business Pulse Survey

The Small Business Pulse Survey measures the effect of changing business conditions during the coronavirus pandemic on our nation’s small businesses, complimenting existing Census Bureau data collections by providing high-frequency, detailed information on challenges small businesses are facing. The survey includes information on small business operations and finances, receipt of assistance, workplace COVID-19 vaccinations and testing, supply-chain disruptions, 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 largest 50 MSAs and Puerto Rico. Sub-sector and state-by-sector data are also available for download. Data collection for phase 6 begins August 16, 2021. Data will be released every Thursday from August 26 through October 21.

Monthly Business Formation Statistics

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 Sept. 9, 2021, and will include August 2021 data.

Facts for Features

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

During this month-long observance, our nation celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The Census Bureau joins in the celebration with this fact sheet presenting a range of updated statistics describing the demographic state of the nation’s Latino population. (Scheduled for release in August.)

Halloween: Oct. 31

Halloween, which dates to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has evolved into a community-based celebration characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns. In the spirit of Halloween, this edition of the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features presents a wide array of new and updated statistical information. (Scheduled for release in September.)

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 Thrift Store Day: August 17, 2021
  • Proclamation of Indonesian Independence (1945): August 17, 2021 
  • National Aviation Day: August 19, 2021 
  • National Senior Citizens Day: August 21, 2021 
  • Woodward Dream Cruise: August 21, 2021 
  • Women’s Equality Day: August 26, 2021 
  • National Petroleum Day: August 27, 2021 
  • National Preparedness Month: September 2021 
  • National Wilderness Month: September 2021 
  • Labor Day: September 6, 2021 
  • Brazil Independence Day (1822): September 7, 2021               
  • Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance: September 11, 2021 
  • Grandparents Day: September 12, 2021 
  • Minority Enterprise Development Week: September 12-18, 2021 
  • National Staffing Employee Week: September 13-19, 2021 
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15-October 15, 2021 
  • National Stepfamily Day: September 16, 2021 
  • Mexico Independence Day (1810): September 16, 2021 
  • Constitution Day and Citizenship Day: September 17, 2021 
  • National Dance Day: September 18, 2021 
  • 73rd Emmy Awards (CBS Telecast): September 19, 2021 
  • Unmarried and Single Americans Week: September 19-25, 2021 
  • National Hunting and Fishing Day: September 25, 2021 
  • Ancestor Appreciation Day: September 27, 2021
  • National Coffee Day: September 29, 2021 



Upcoming segments include a snacking staple in “Crunch Time” (Aug. 24), and capturing the moment in “Picture This” (Sept. 4).

The daily features are available at <www.census.gov/library/audio/profile-america.html>. The menu options allow selection for Profile America and Al Dia, with download options for MP3 and WAV files or zip files for the entire month (MP3).

Recently Released
(Released since July 29, 2021)

Census Bureau Announces Key Dates for Upcoming Releases

July 29 — The U.S. Census Bureau’s schedule for the release of 2020 Census redistricting data; the 2020 income, poverty and health insurance coverage statistics from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey; and the 2020 American Community Survey. Spanish

2020 Census

Local Population Changes and Nation’s Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Aug. 12 — The U.S. Census Bureau today released additional 2020 Census results showing an increase in the population of U.S. metro areas compared to a decade ago. In addition, these once-a-decade results showed the nation’s diversity in how people identify their race and ethnicity. “We are excited to reach this milestone of delivering the first detailed statistics from the 2020 Census,” said acting Census Bureau Director Ron Jarmin. “We appreciate the public’s patience as Census Bureau staff worked diligently to process these data and ensure it meets our quality standards.” Spanish

News Conference on Release of 2020 Census Redistricting Data

Aug. 5 — The U.S. Census Bureau held a news conference to discuss the release of the first local level results from the 2020 Census. States use these data on race, Hispanic origin, and the voting-age population to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts. The news conference will provide initial analysis of the first local level results from the 2020 Census on population change, race, ethnicity, the age 18 and over population, and housing occupancy status. A live Q&A session with Census Bureau subject-matter experts will immediately follow the briefing for credentialed media who have RSVPed. Spanish

Webinar in Advance of 2020 Census Redistricting Data Release

Aug. 2 — The Census Bureau hosted a webinar ahead of the release of the 2020 Census P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data. Information in the webinar included instructions on how to access redistricting data, information on improvements to the race and ethnicity questions design, processing, and coding; along with a presentation on how the Census Bureau is measuring diversity in the United States. A live Q&A session for credentialed media with Census Bureau subject-matter experts will immediately follow the webinar. Spanish

Statement on Differences Between 2020 Census and ACS 1-Year Estimates

July 29 — The data collection methods for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey (ACS) are different. The 2020 Census is a count of all people living in the United States. In contrast, the ACS is a sample survey which relies on data from a relatively small number of people to represent the larger population. And because the processes for producing these data are different, so is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the programs.

American Community Survey

Census Bureau Announces Changes for 2020 ACS 1-Year Estimates

July 29 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will not release its standard 1-year estimates from the 2020 American Community Survey (ACS) because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on data collection. The Census Bureau will release experimental estimates developed from 2020 ACS 1-year data. The standard 2020 ACS 1-year estimates do not meet the Census Bureau’s Statistical Data Quality Standards designed to ensure the utility, objectivity and integrity of the statistical information. Unlike the ACS, the 2020 Census was able to postpone their Nonresponse Followup to a time when they could carry out the full operation, limiting the impact of the pandemic on data quality in ways the ACS could not.


2019 Community Resilience Estimates

Aug. 10 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2019 Community Resilience Estimates to measure the ability of a population to absorb, endure and recover from the impacts of disasters, including weather-related and disease-related hazard events such as pandemics, forest fires and floods. The new data product will be available through a data tool that shows risk level by state, county and tract.


Exploring Census Data Webinar Series on Expanding Your Markets

Aug. 11 — Census Bureau’s subject matter experts presented economic and demographic data valuable for business expansion, both domestically and internationally. You learned how to access these valuable resources through real world case studies and examples. The webinar includes a live demonstration of data tools with the opportunity for Q&A.

2019 Annual Business Survey

Aug. 5 — The U.S. Census Bureau released a special tabulation that merges export transactions from the Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies with the demographics from the 2019 Annual Business Survey (ABS) covering data year 2018. The ABS is conducted jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation.

2019 E-Stats Report

Aug. 5 — This report summarizes 2019 e-commerce statistics on shipments, sales and revenues from four sectors of the economy: manufacturing, wholesale, services and retail. These statistics are available for the nation from 1998.


The Census Geocoder – Group Quarters Assistance

Written By: James Whitehorne, Chief, Census Redistricting and Voting Rights Data Office — Aug. 10 — People living in group quarters, such as nursing homes, military barracks, and college/university student housing, are among the unique populations counted in the 2020 Census. In the upcoming 2020 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File, we’ll see the first counts of this population group. Group quarters populations are counted using the 2020 Census Residence Criteria and Residence Situations residency rules, which state that we count people where they were living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020. The Residence Criteria also state that people who stay in certain types of group quarters are counted where the facility is located.

Measuring Racial and Ethnic Diversity for the 2020 Census

Written By: Eric Jensen, Senior Technical Expert for Demographic Analysis; Nicholas Jones, Director and Senior Advisor for Race and Ethnicity Research and Outreach; Kimberly Orozco, Demographic Statistician; Lauren Medina, Demographic Statistician; Mark Perry, Senior Demographer; Ben Bolender, Senior Advisor; and Karen Battle, Chief, Population Division — Aug. 4 — Later this month, the U.S. Census Bureau plans to release the first results from the 2020 Census on race and ethnicity. These data will provide a snapshot of the racial and ethnic composition and diversity of the U.S. population as of April 1, 2020.

Improvements to the 2020 Census Race and Hispanic Origin Question Designs, Data Processing, and Coding Procedures

Written By: Rachel Marks, chief, Racial Statistics Branch, Population Division and Merarys Rios-Vargas, chief, Ethnicity and Ancestry Branch, Population Division — Aug. 3 — The U.S. Census Bureau has collected data on race since the first census in 1790 and on Hispanic or Latino origin (referred to as Hispanic origin in this blog) since the 1970 Census. How these topics are measured, and statistics on them are collected and coded, has changed nearly every decade throughout the history of the census, reflecting social, political and economic factors. This blog discusses how we improved the census questions on race and Hispanic origin, also known as ethnicity, between 2010 and 2020. These changes provide important context as we prepare to release the 2020 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File.

How We Complete the Census When Demographic and Housing Characteristics Are Missing

Written By: Roberto Ramirez, assistant division chief, Special Population Statistics and Christine Borman, statistician demographer, Count Review Office, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau — Aug. 2 — Although we strive to obtain all demographic and housing data from every individual in the census, missing data are part of every census process. Fortunately, we have long-established procedures we’ve used in previous censuses and surveys to fill in these missing pieces. As you’ll see from this blog, this process is complex but is a reflection of the extensive standard statistical methodology we use to account for missing or conflicting data.



Profile America segments include brushing up on health in “Fresh Breath Day” (Aug. 5), and a museum piece in “Nation’s Knick-Knacks” (Aug. 10). Internet address: <www.census.gov/library/audio/profile-america.html>.


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

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.

LED Extraction Tool

Provides easy access to the raw data products produced by the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program.

QWI Explorer

Compare, rank and aggregate Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) through interactive charts, maps and tables.

U.S. and World Population Clock

See U.S. population by date, region, age and sex, and the top 10 areas by people and density. The world view has basic facts, trade and projections by country.

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 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.

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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