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Tip Sheet Number 25 — December 17, 2021

Press Release Number TP21-25


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

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

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.)


International Data Base Update (IDB)

The U.S. Census Bureau will release 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. (Scheduled for release Dec. 21.)

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, are now available. (Scheduled for release Dec. 21.)

Census Bureau Projects U.S. and World Populations on New Year’s Day

As our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau will release total population projections for the nation and world for Jan. 1, 2022. For the nation, these projections show population growth since Census Day (April 1) 2020. The release will also include components of change estimates (births, deaths and net international migration). Simulated real-time growth of the U.S. and world populations is available on the Census Bureau’s Population Clock. (Scheduled for release Dec. 30.)

Report: The Regular Receipt of Child Support

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release “The Regular Receipt of Child Support: 2017.” The report includes demographic and poverty status data about child support payments received by parents with children under 21 from their nonresident parents. It also provides data on the receipt of some federal and state assistance programs for these parents. These data come from the 2018 Survey of Income and Program Participation which provides demographic information about parents who received child support and other income or program data for the 2017 calendar year. (Tentatively scheduled for release in December.)

2020 Presidential Election Voting Report

The U.S. Census Bureau will release a report on the “Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2020.” The report builds on detailed tables released earlier this year and is based on data from the 2020 Current Population Survey (CPS) Voting and Registration Supplement, and highlights patterns in voter turnout over time among the citizen voting-age population (CVAP). (Tentatively scheduled for release in January.)

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, safety and health 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 began December 1. Data will be released Dec. 22, Jan. 19, and Feb. 16. The public-use files for the phase are scheduled for release Jan. 5, Feb. 2, and March 2.


2022 LED Partnership Virtual Workshop

The Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program is welcoming proposals to present at the 2022 LED Partnership Virtual Workshop held on April 5-7, 2022. We will be highlighting the work of our state Labor Market Information (LMI) partners and other data users through plenary sessions. the deadline to submit is January 7, 2022. Additional information will be made available in the coming weeks.

Annual Retail Trade Survey

This report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides national estimates of total annual sales, e-commerce sales, end-of-year inventories, purchases, total operating expenses, and gross margins for retail businesses located in the United States. The Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS) sample covers employer businesses classified in the retail trade sector located in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. ARTS excludes data for businesses located in the U.S. territories. The data are published on a North American Industry Classification System basis and the estimates are used to benchmark the monthly retail sales and inventories estimates each spring. (Scheduled for release Jan. 13.)

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 begins November 15, 2021. Data were released on Wednesday, November 24, and will continue 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.

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 Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day: December 21, 2021
  • Iowa 175th State Admission Anniversary (1846): December 28, 2021
  • New Year’s Day: January 1, 2022
  • National Hot Tea Month: January 2022
  • New Mexico 110th Anniversary of Statehood (1912): January 6, 2022
  • National Milk Day: January 11, 2022
  • National Pharmacist Day: January 12, 2022
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 17, 2022
  • National Popcorn Day: January 19, 2022
  • National Spouses Day: January 26, 2022
  • Michigan 185th Anniversary of Statehood (1837): January 26, 2022



Upcoming segments include annual reflections in “Old Acquaintance” (Dec. 30), and sucking it up in “Drinking Straws” (Jan. 3).

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 Dec. 3, 2021)

The Opportunity Project Summit: Open Innovation for All

Dec. 13 — The Opportunity Project (TOP) Summit: Open Innovation for All is beginning today. Hosted by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Census Open Innovation Labs (COIL), the three-day virtual conference featured more than 45 new products from industry collaborators including Esri, Google, Amazon Web Services, Morehouse College and others that use federal open data to solve real-world problems. The products were developed during this year’s sprints on the world post-COVID-19.

Census Bureau Releases 2021 Determinations for Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act

Dec. 8 — The U.S. Census Bureau released a list of 331 jurisdictions (counties and minor civil divisions) across the nation and three states that are required under the Voting Rights Act to provide language assistance during elections for citizens who are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process. The Census Bureau made these determinations in accordance with specifications in the Voting Rights Act, as amended in July 2006.

2020 Census

Census Bureau Provides Information to Government Officials on the Count Question Resolution Operation

Dec. 15 — The U.S. Census Bureau emailed eligible government officials information about participating in the 2020 Census Count Question Resolution (CQR) Operation. CQR gives tribal, state and local officials the opportunity to request the Census Bureau review their official 2020 Census housing counts for potential processing errors. Through this formal review process, the Census Bureau ensures that housing and population counts are correctly allocated to 2020 Census tabulation blocks in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The Census Bureau has been conducting the CQR Operation since the 1990 Census. Spanish


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

Dec. 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.

Census Bureau Releases New Technical Note on Select Topics in International Censuses

Dec. 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau released a new technical note on disaster statistics and censuses as part of the Select Topics in International Censuses series. This technical note highlights the links between census data and strategies for disaster risk reduction. It provides National Statistical Offices (NSOs) with information on how their census data collection and dissemination activities support the overall statistical system in helping countries identify and mitigate risk for vulnerable populations.

School Pulse Panel

Dec. 15 — The School Pulse Panel (SPP) is a new study sponsored by Institute of Education Sciences (IES) within the United States Department of Education. The study is administered by National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. The School Pulse Panel collects extensive data on issues concerning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and staff in the U.S. from a nationally representative sample of public primary, middle, high, and combined-grade schools. The SPP data were released alongside mode of instruction enrollment data that were collected from public schools serving fourth- and eighth- graders as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) pre-assessment. Data can be found at the IES dashboard. This is the initial experimental data product release from the School Pulse Panel. Experimental data may not meet all NCES quality standards but are of sufficient benefit to data users in the absence of other relevant products and are identified upon their release. More information on the study can be found at https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/school-pulse-panel.html.


Annual Survey of State Government Finances

Dec. 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.

2018 Nonemployer Statistics by Demographics

Dec. 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.

2020 Annual Wholesale Trade Survey

Dec. 15 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.

2020 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey

Dec. 15 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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 2017 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.

Business Dynamics Statistics of Goods Traders

Dec. 15 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the Business Dynamics Statistics of U.S. Goods Traders (BDS-Goods Traders) experimental data product. The BDS-Goods Traders provides annual measures of business dynamics by four mutually exclusive goods-trading classifications: exporter only, importer only, exporter and importer, non-trader. The annual statistics are available for 1992-2019.

Annual Survey of Manufactures

Dec. 9 — 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.

Facts for Features

The 2021 Holiday Season

Nov. 23 — 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.

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:

Stats for Stories

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.


Population Estimates at the Start of the Decade

Written By: Christine Hartley, Ph.D., and Catherine Doren, Ph.D., Population Division — Dec. 16 — The start of each decade at the U.S. Census Bureau is marked by the collection and release of census data, providing a fresh account of the size and characteristics of the U.S. population. These updated population numbers enable researchers, community planners and others to use the most current data in their work.

The Post-Enumeration Survey: Measuring Coverage Error

Written By: Timothy Kennel, Assistant Division Chief for Statistical Methods, Decennial Statistical Studies Division — Dec. 16 — Although we undertake extensive efforts to accurately count everyone in the decennial census, sometimes people are missed or duplicated. Census errors can result in a smaller or larger population count than the actual number of people. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the true population using the post-enumeration survey. This blog provides more information about this decade’s post-enumeration survey, including when to expect the results.

Understanding the Count Question Resolution Operation

Written By: Matthew Frates, Chief, Count Question Resolution Branch — Dec. 15 — Since the 1990 Census, we’ve given tribal, state and local governments the opportunity to request a review of their once-a-decade census counts. Recently, we began notifying eligible governments to offer this opportunity again through the 2020 Census Count Question Resolution operation (CQR). We also published a Federal Register notice announcing this plan in more detail. This blog explains what CQR entails, how it works and what it affects.



Profile America segments include tip of the tongues in “Foreign Languages” (Dec. 3), and switching with the greatest of ease in “Channel Surfing” (Dec. 13). 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.

FRED® Economic Data

FRED® App gets you the economic data you need — anytime, anywhere.

Local Employment Dynamics

This partnership offers a variety of data tools.

Microdata Access Tool (MDAT)

Create custom tables using public use microdata with the Microdata Access Tool (MDAT).

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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