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Tip Sheet Number 23 — November 19, 2021

Press Release Number TP21-23


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.

The Opportunity Project Summit: Open Innovation for All

The Census Open Innovation Labs will host The Opportunity Project (TOP) Summit, Open Innovation for All. This multiday virtual conference will showcase the work accomplished through TOP’s 2021 sprints. The event features innovative technology and data products; conversations with experts and community leaders on technology, collaboration, and hands-on learning opportunities for attendees. The winners of the Open Data for Good Grand Challenge will also be announced. (Event scheduled for Dec. 13-15.)

2020 Census

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.)

American Community Survey

Census Bureau Releases Experimental 1-Year Data from the 2020 American Community Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau will release estimates from the 2020 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year data using experimental weights. The COVID-19 pandemic significantly disrupted the ability to reach people and limited their ability to participate in the 2020 ACS, so experimental data will be released instead of the standard 1-year data products. In addition to the experimental data tables, a technical working paper and blog addressing nonresponse bias using administrative data, and the 1-Year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) will be released. The experimental data cover a limited number of topics for the nation, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The ACS is one of the most comprehensive sources of information about the U.S. population, providing crucial demographic, social, economic and housing statistics. (Scheduled for release Nov. 30.)

Census Bureau to Host Webinar on the Release of American Community Survey 1-Year Experimental Data

The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a webinar on Nov. 30 from 2-3:30 p.m. to explain the release of estimates from the 2020 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year data using experimental weights. The webinar will also examine the impact of weighting on nonresponse bias and the use of administrative data. The pandemic disrupted ACS data collection in 2020 and the Census Bureau determined the standard 2020 ACS 1-year estimates did not meet statistical quality standards. The data tables, also released Nov. 30, will cover a limited number of topics for the nation, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The webinar will include an opportunity for media and data users Q&A. (Scheduled Nov. 30 from 2-3:30 p.m.)

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.)


2018 Congressional Election Voting Report

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 provides context for some previously reported data and highlights of groups that were under-represented and over-represented in the 2018 midterm election. (Tentatively scheduled for release in November.)

Census Bureau to Release New Estimates on America’s Families and Living Arrangements

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. (Tentatively scheduled for release Nov. 29.)

International Data Base Update (IDB)

The U.S. Census Bureau released new population estimates and projections for over 200 countries and areas through the year 2100. The International Data Base consists of estimates and projections of demographic indicators, including population size and growth (by sex and single year of age up to 100 and over), and components of change (mortality, fertility and net migration) for 228 countries and areas. (Tentatively scheduled for release Dec. 14.)

Census Bureau Releases Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates for States, Counties and School Districts

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.)

Total Population and Components of Change Estimates for the Nation, States and Puerto Rico

National, State and Puerto Rico Total Population Estimates and Voting Age Population Estimates — The July 1, 2021, population estimates for the nation, states and Puerto Rico, as well as corresponding annual estimates and components of change since the 2010 Census, will be available. (Tentatively scheduled for release Dec. 21.)

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 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.

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. 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).


2020 Service Annual Survey Data

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.)

Annual Survey of Manufactures

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.)

Annual Survey of State Government Finances

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. Federal, state and local governments and educational and research organizations use these data 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.)

2020 Annual Wholesale Trade Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau will release data tables from the 2020 Annual Wholesale Trade Survey (AWTS). This survey produces national estimates of total annual sales, e-commerce sales, end-of-year inventories, purchases, operating expenses, gross margins, and commissions for wholesale businesses located in the United States. The AWTS provides statistics for merchant wholesalers of durable and nondurable goods; manufacturers' sales branches and offices; and wholesale electronic markets, agents, and brokers. (Scheduled for release Dec. 15.)

2020 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the Annual Capital Expenditures Survey report for data year 2020. These data estimate business spending in 2020 for new and used structures and equipment at the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sector level, as well as three-digit and selected four-digit industries within those sectors. The data provide a relevant, timely and accurate measure of current business conditions. (Scheduled Dec. 15.)

Nonemployer Business Demographic Statistics

The U.S. Census Bureau will release demographic statistics for nonemployer businesses in the United States. The 2018 Nonemployer Statistics by Demographics (NES-D), uses administrative records to classify nonemployer firms by sex, ethnicity, race, and veteran status and will be tabulated by geography, industry, receipt size class, and legal form of organization. For the first time since 2012, this release will also include total business ownership by demographics by combining employer data from the Annual Business Survey with nonemployer data from the NES-D. Data will be available for the total number of employer and nonemployer businesses and receipts by demographics. Data will be released on the Annual Business Survey (ABS) website. (Tentatively scheduled for release Dec. 16.)

Small Business Pulse Survey Phase 7

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 released on Wednesday, November 24 then every Thursday from December 2 through January 20, 2022.

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 Dec. 8, 2021 and will include November 2021 data. With the December release, BFS will officially become a standard U.S. Census Bureau data product.

Facts for Features

The 2021 Holiday Season

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

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.

  • Native American Heritage Day: November 26, 2021
  • Small Business Saturday: November 27, 2021
  • Cyber Monday: November 29, 2021
  • National Miners Day: December 6, 2021
  • National Pawnbrokers: December 6, 2021
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: December 7, 2021
  • Indiana 205th State Admission Anniversary (1816): December 11, 2021
  • Bill of Rights Day: December 15, 2021
  • Wright Brothers Day: December 17, 2021
  • National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day: December 21, 2021
  • Iowa 175th State Admission Anniversary: December 28, 2021



Upcoming segments include the success of excess in “TV Dinners” (Nov. 28), and marking credits and debits 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).

Recently Released
(Released since Nov. 5, 2021)

2020 Census

Post Enumeration Survey Field Operation Begins

Nov. 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau will follow up with households beginning November 29 and will continue through March 2022 as part of the final in-person collection operation for the Post-Enumeration Survey (PES). This survey helps measure the accuracy of the 2020 Census by independently surveying a sample of the population.

American Community Survey

Census Bureau to Host Webinar on Release of American Community Survey 1-Year Experimental Data

Nov. 17 — The U.S. Census Bureau has announced a webinar to explain and answer questions about the release of estimates from the 2020 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year data using experimental weights. The ACS is one of the most comprehensive sources of information about the U.S. population, providing key demographic, social, economic and housing statistics. The COVID-19 pandemic significantly disrupted the ability to reach people and limited their ability to participate in the 2020 ACS. Therefore, the Census Bureau will release experimental data instead of the standard 1-year data products.

Census Bureau Statement on 2016-2020 American Community Survey

Nov. 10 — The U.S. Census Bureau is committed to producing high-quality data. The Census Bureau recognizes the critical importance of the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year data in particular on government and business decision-making and the need for quality ACS data for that purpose.


2021 CPS ASEC Geographic Mobility Table Package

Nov. 17 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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).

Census Bureau Announces Hartville, Missouri, as “Center of Population” for the United States

Nov. 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau has calculated the center of population for the United States based on the 2020 Census population of 331.4 million. The center is near Hartville, a town of about 600 people in central southern Missouri.

Census Bureau Releases New Report on Veterans

Nov. 10 — 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.


Business Formation Statistics

Nov. 10 — The U.S. Census Bureau today announced that it will release Business Formation Statistics (BFS) as a standard data product starting next month. BFS provides monthly data on new business applications and business formations to monitor shifts in economic activity nationwide. It was first released as a research product in February 2018 and given an experimental designation. BFS has now met the criteria to become a standard data product by demonstrating a need and meeting our quality standards.

Webinar on Jobs and Telework During the Coronavirus

Nov. 10 — 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.

Job-to-Job Flows Explorer

Oct. 27 — The U.S. Census Bureau recently released an infographic that tracks age diversity of female hires in manufacturing using the Job-to-Job Flows Explorer data tool. The graph covers a 15-year time span of women aged 14 to 65 and older working in manufacturing. Job-to-Job Flows Explorer is a web-based application designed to access worker reallocation statistics of the U.S. labor market. States share administrative records through the Local Employment Dynamics partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau resulting in the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics’ innovative set of statistics.

Facts for Features

Veterans Day 2021: Nov. 11

Nov. 10 — 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.

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)

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: Stories Behind the Numbers

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:


Using Demographic Benchmarks to Help Evaluate 2020 Census Results

Written By: Erick Jensen and Sandra Johnson, Population Division — Nov. 9 — One of the primary methods of evaluating the quality of a census is comparing the results to other population benchmarks. The U.S. Census Bureau has used two key population benchmarks to assess the quality of the 2020 Census results prior to release: the 2020 Demographic Analysis (DA) and the Vintage 2020 Population and Housing Unit Estimates, and we’ve made this information publicly available.



Profile America segments include the spark of inspiration in “Plugging In” (Nov. 9), and a taste for paste in “Peanut Butter” (Nov. 14).  Internet address: <www.census.gov/library/audio/profile-america.html>.


Emergency Management/Disaster Resources

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.

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.

American Housing Survey Table Creator

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).

Rural America: A Story Map

Using ACS and decennial census data these interactive web maps, tables, information, and images help explain how the Census Bureau defines “rural.”

Veteran Employment Outcomes (VEO) Explorer

Visualize the experimental Veteran Employment Outcomes (VEO) data through interactive bar and line charts.

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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