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.)
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.)
A new report by the U.S. Census Bureau shows almost one-half of veterans (46.7%) received some sort of military service-related cash or noncash benefit in 2017. In that year, there were over 19.9 million veterans, which represented 6.2% of the overall population in the United States. The report, Benefits Received by Veterans and Their Survivors, discusses benefits the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides, in conjunction with other federal government programs, to those who leave military service. (Scheduled for release Nov. 10)
Every 10 years since the first census in 1790 the Census Bureau has calculated the “center of population,” which is the point where an imaginary, flat, weightless, rigid map of the United States would balance perfectly if everyone were of identical weight. This point represents the location of average distribution of the population in their current residence. In addition to calculating a national center of population, the Census Bureau also calculates centers of population for each state and county. (Scheduled for release Nov. 16.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release the 2021 CPS ASEC Geographic Mobility detailed table package and updates to historical tables and graphs. Geographic mobility and migration both refer to the movement of people from one location of residence to another. These national- and regional-level estimates are from the 2021 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). (Scheduled for release Nov. 17.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release the report, “An Analysis of the 2018 Congressional Election.” The report provides an overall description of voting levels and trends that were previously released in a set of tables and graphs. The report sets a context for some of the previously reported data, and highlights those groups that were under-represented and over-represented in the 2018 midterm election. (Tentatively scheduled for release in November.)
The U. S. Census Bureau will release its annual America’s Families and Living Arrangements table package, providing new estimates on the changing trends in the number of adults living with a spouse or unmarried partner. The release will also highlight the living arrangements of children. (Scheduled for release in November.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release new data on small area income and poverty estimates for states, counties and school districts. The new data come from the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program, which provides the only up-to-date, single-year income and poverty statistics for the nation’s 3,142 counties and 13,163 school districts. (Scheduled for release Dec. 16.)
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, safe and healthy 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. The Household Pulse will shift from bi-weekly to monthly data collection in Phase 3.3 as current changes in data no longer warrant bi-weekly data collection and we work to reduce respondent burden. Data collection for phase 3.3 is tentatively planned to begin December 1 with data dissemination on a monthly basis (Dec. 22, Jan. 19 and Feb. 16). The public-use files for the phase are tentatively scheduled for release (Jan. 5, Feb. 2 and March 2).
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 will host the webinar, “3 Graphs and 2 Maps About Jobs and Telework During the Coronavirus.” This webinar combines LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES) data with other Census Bureau products to look at neighborhood-level telework potential and its relationship with income and population density. (Scheduled for Nov. 10.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release new data tables from the 2020 Service Annual Survey (SAS). SAS provides statistics on revenue, payroll, sources of revenue, expenses, exports, inventory, revenue from electronic sources and other selected industry-specific data for service industries. The data are accompanied by supporting materials, including a data visualization that provides revenue statistics for all sectors covered by the Service Annual Survey. (Scheduled for release in November.)
The 2020 Annual Survey of Manufactures provides manufacturing statistics that are crucial to accurate estimates of domestic production and productivity and to making sound decisions on economic trade policies. Companies, business analysts and trade associations use these data in planning investments, production and marketing. (Tentatively scheduled for release Dec. 9.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release data tables and a visualization on the Annual Survey of State Government Finances for fiscal year 2020. These statistics provide a summary of the finances of the state governments, as well as data for individual states and details on revenue by source, expenditure by object and function, indebtedness by term, and assets by purpose. The data are used by federal, state and local governments, and educational and research organizations for a variety of activities such as the development of the government component of the gross domestic product and for comparative studies. (Scheduled for release Dec. 14.)
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, receipt of assistance, workplace COVID-19 vaccinations and testing requirements, 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 50 largest MSAs and Puerto Rico. Sub-sector and state-by-sector data are also available for download. Data collection for phase 7 begins November 15, 2021. Data will be posted November 24 and every subsequent Thursday from December 2 through January 19, 2022.
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 Nov. 10, 2021 and will include October 2021 data.
On this day, the nation honors military veterans with parades and other observances across the country and a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Among related Census Bureau statistics available: the number of veterans in the country, their racial and ethnic backgrounds, and the number who vote. (Scheduled for release Nov. 10.)
The holiday season is a time to celebrate, reflect, exchange gifts and give thanks. To commemorate this time of year, the U.S. Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures from its vast collection of statistics. (Scheduled for release in November.)
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.
Upcoming segments include pushing your buttons in “Touch Tone Phones” (Nov. 24), and keeping the books in “Full Accounting” (Dec. 1).
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).
The U.S. Census Bureau hosted the National Advisory Committee Fall Virtual Meeting Nov. 4-5. Experts and representatives of various organizations from across the nation will attend the virtual meeting to discuss census programs, operations, and innovative processes.
Nov. 2 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced the Census Data Equity Initiative for Underserved Communities. This includes the release of the Data for Equity webpage, press kit, director’s blog and more highlighting datasets and tools available to help federal agencies and other entities identify and equitably distribute resources to underserved communities.
Oct. 28 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2020 Census population and housing unit counts for the U.S. Virgin Islands. As of April 1, 2020, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ population was 87,146, representing a decrease of 18.1% from the 2010 Census population of 106,405. The housing unit count was 57,257 in 2020, representing an increase of 2.4% from the 2010 Census housing unit count of 55,901.
Oct. 28 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2020 Census population and housing unit counts for American Samoa. As of April 1, 2020, the American Samoa’s population was 49,710, representing a decrease of 10.5% from the 2010 Census population of 55,519. The housing unit count was 11,807 in 2020, representing an increase of 7.7% from the 2010 Census housing unit count of 10,963.
Oct. 28, 2021 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2020 Census population and housing unit counts for Guam. As of April 1, 2020, Guam’s population was 153,836, representing a decrease of 3.5% from the 2010 Census population of 159,358. The housing unit count was 51,555 in 2020, representing an increase of 2.0% from the 2010 Census housing unit count of 50,567.
Oct. 28 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2020 Census population and housing unit counts for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. As of April 1, 2020, the Northern Mariana Islands’ population was 47,329 representing a decrease of 12.2% from the 2010 Census population of 53,883. The housing unit count was 18,290 in 2020, representing a decrease of 12.3% from the 2010 Census housing unit count of 20,850.
Oct. 25 — The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the final report on the 2020 Census Integrated Communications Campaign (ICC), the $675 million outreach effort designed to educate the nation’s 140 million households about the importance of responding to the 2020 Census. The report highlights the 2020 Census ICC, including adjustments made to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges such as emerging national events, changing media consumption habits, federal government activities and Census Bureau operational delays.
Oct. 19 — The 2020 Population Distribution in the United States and Puerto Rico map (also referred to as the “Nighttime Map”) portrays the distribution of population in the United States and Puerto Rico based on the results of the 2020 Census of Population and Housing. Each dot on the map represents 7,500 people. This map is often referred to as a nighttime map because it looks similar to images taken from space at night where unpopulated areas appear dark and populated areas appear as specks of light.
Oct. 27 — The Census Bureau released an analytical report detailing the data collection disruptions in the 2020 American Community Survey, the modifications to standard weighting and estimation which were explored to combat the collection issues, and the resulting data quality issues that informed the decision to not release the standard 2020 ACS 1-year data. The report will be augmented with a release of information on sample size and other data quality metrics about the 2020 ACS 1-year data.
Nov. 4 — The U.S. Census Bureau released a new data tool to explore sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) using data from the Household Pulse Survey (HPS). The tool allows users to gain insight into the interaction between sex assigned at birth, current gender identity, and sexual orientation. Users can also explore the demographic and economic characteristics of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and non-LGBT populations, as well as differences in how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health and economic well-being of the two groups. The HPS is designed to provide near real-time data on how the pandemic has affected people’s lives, and began including SOGI questions in July 2021.
Nov. 3 — The U.S. Census Bureau released a series of technical notes on Select Topics in International Censuses. Each note highlights a new subject, method or operation relevant to census planners in middle- to low-income countries. These notes complement the U.N. Principles and Recommendations on Population and Housing Censuses by describing certain topics in more detail. Sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Select Topics in International Censuses series is designed for staff in national statistical offices to assist them in addressing some of the significant issues in the 2020 round of censuses.
Oct. 28 — The U.S. Census Bureau released data from the 2020 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.
Oct. 28 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.
Oct. 28 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.
Nov. 2 — The U.S. Census Bureau released an updated version of the LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES) data product. This version of LODES adds data for 2019 and backfills 2018 data for firm age and firm size characteristics. The OnTheMap application has been updated to include these new LODES tabulations and now contains 18 years of data (2002-2019). LODES publishes information on the detailed spatial patterns of workers' employment locations and residences as well as the connections between them.
Nov. 1 — Census Business Builder (CBB) has been updated to version 4.0. Updates to the tool include new functions such as geography ranking that allows users to easily compare multiple geographies and new source information in the Excel download sheets. The Industry Cluster feature is also now available in both the Small Business and Regional Analyst editions, and all datasets have been updated to the latest years available.
Oct. 28 — The U.S. Census Bureau released data for six more states (Alabama, Arizona, Iowa, Virginia, Utah, and Missouri) in the Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO) experimental data product. Data users can use the PSEO Explorer tool, download raw files or query the Census API to access data. PSEO tabulations show earnings and employment outcomes for graduates of post-secondary institutions in the United States and are generated by linking graduate transcript records to Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) wage data. This offers prospective students a comprehensive assessment tool to see how much money they could earn by degree and institution.
Oct. 28 — The U.S. Census Bureau released detailed data tables from the 2020 Annual Business Survey (ABS) covering reference year 2019. Data will include estimates on the number of firms, receipts, payroll, and employment by sector, sex, ethnicity, race and veteran status. Tables show data on various owner and business characteristics at the national, state and MSA geographic levels. Previously, first-look estimates for the 2020 ABS were published via an infographic, available at census.gov. 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. Additional data on research and development and innovation will be released by NCSES in the near future.
Oct. 13 — 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.
Oct. 4 — To commemorate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, the Census Bureau has compiled a list of statistics pertaining to the American Indian and Alaska Native population.
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 Dr. Ron Jarmin, Acting Director — Nov. 2 — Earlier this year, President Biden announced a federal agenda to advance equity for all Americans, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality. As the nation works toward “a systemic approach to embedding fairness in decision-making processes,” policy makers and the public need quality data about the nation’s people and economy to advance equity.
Profile America segments include go figure in “Crunching Numbers” (Oct. 29), and honoring the first people in “American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month” (Nov. 4). Internet address: <www.census.gov/library/audio/profile-america.html>.
When major disasters strike, visit our Emergency Management Page to get demographic and economic data on the 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 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:
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.
The AHS Table Creator gives you the ability to create customized tables from the American Housing Survey without having to use the Public Use File (microdata).
Using ACS and decennial census data these interactive web maps, tables, information, and images help explain how the Census Bureau defines “rural.”
Visualize the experimental Veteran Employment Outcomes (VEO) data through interactive bar and line charts.
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 trainings that are free and available at your convenience. The library includes presentations, recorded webinars, tutorials, and other helpful materials.