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Tip Sheet Number 5 — March 11, 2022

Press Release Number TP22-05

Upcoming

2022 Product Calendar

The U.S. Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product scheduled for release in 2022. These products are listed in the Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which is updated as needed throughout the year.

The U.S. Census Bureau will host the Census Scientific Advisory Committee virtual meeting March 17-18. Experts and representatives of various organizations from across the nation are scheduled to attend the meeting to discuss Census Bureau programs, operations and innovative processes.

1950 Census Records Release

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is scheduled to digitally release the 1950 Census population records on April 1, 2022. This release is in accordance with the “72-Year Rule” (92 Stat. 915; Public Law 95-416; October 5, 1978) that states that after 72 years, NARA is responsible for releasing to the public decennial census records. More information will be made available Census Bureau’s 1950 Census press kit. (Scheduled for release April 1.)

Population Association of America 2022 Annual Meeting Conference

U.S. Census Bureau researchers and other survey research professionals across the nation will present findings at the 90th Annual Population Association of America Conference. This year’s conference is a forum for Census Bureau staffers to present and discuss their research on a spectrum of topics. (Scheduled for April 6-9.)

2020 Census

Webinar: Demonstration Data: Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC)

The U.S. Census Bureau is hosting a webinar to provide guidance on the first of two rounds of new demonstration data on the disclosure avoidance system for the 2020 Census Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC). The DHC demonstration data apply the current iteration of the 2020 Census Disclosure Avoidance System (DAS) to comparable tables from the 2010 Census data, allowing a side-by-side comparison of the relative impact of this version of the DAS. The DHC is the successor to Summary File 1 from previous censuses and includes a range of demographic and housing characteristics information. “Person” tables include sex, age, Hispanic origin, race, relationship to householder and group quarters. Some person and housing tables are repeated by race and ethnicity. “Housing” tables include content on tenure, vacancy, household type, family type, and characteristics of the householder. Subscribe to the 2020 Census Data Products newsletter for ongoing DAS developments. (Tentatively scheduled for March 22.)

Collection of Post-2020 Census Redistricting Plans (Phase 4)

The Census Redistricting and Voting Rights Data Office has invited designated state liaisons from the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to provide newly adopted congressional and legislative district boundary plans to the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau will use these new boundaries in upcoming data products, set to be released later this year through spring 2023. 

2020 Census Data Processing and Data Quality Blog Series

Census Bureau experts dive deeper into a range of data processing and quality-related topics in a series of blogs. (Scheduled for release periodically throughout 2022.)

American Community Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau will offer an embargo period for subscribers to view the 2016-2020 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates, featuring more than 40 social, economic, housing and demographic topics such as homeownership rates and costs, health insurance coverage and educational attainment. Embargo subscribers will have access to these statistics beginning March 15 at 10 a.m. EST.

2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Citizen Voting Age by Race and Ethnicity (CVAP) Special Tabulation

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the 2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Citizen Voting Age by Race and Ethnicity (CVAP) Special Tabulation. This special tabulation is created for use in voting rights analysis and will be published down to block-group level geography. It will be posted March 17 following the 2016-2020 ACS 5-year data release. (Scheduled for release March 17.)

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 2022.)

Demographic

County, Puerto Rico Municipio, and Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Population Estimates: July 1, 2021

Internet tables and detailed downloadable files will show annual population estimates, rankings and components of change for counties, Puerto Rico Municipios, and metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas since the 2020 Census. (Scheduled for embargo starting March 22; for public release, March 24.)

Estimates of U.S. Population by Age and Sex

A downloadable file containing July 1, 2021, estimates of the resident U.S. population by single year of age and sex will be released on the Population and Housing Unit Estimates webpage at <www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest.html>. (Tentatively scheduled for release April 14.) In the coming months, the U.S. Census Bureau will release additional population estimates for cities and towns, as well as national, state and county population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin. 

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.

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.

Economic

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 present “Spatial Network Links to Maternal and Child’s Health: New Insight for Linking Census Data with Vital Record Statistics” March 16 at 1:30 p.m. This presentation uses the Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES) to examine how commuting ties are associated with neighborhood maternal and child health problems. (Scheduled for March 16.)

Annual Business Survey: Preliminary Financing Module Data

The U.S. Census Bureau will release preliminary data tables and an infographic from the 2021 Annual Business Survey (ABS) covering data year 2020. Tables will show the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on financing and the credit-seeking activities for businesses in the United States by sex, race, ethnicity and minority status. The infographic will provide statistics on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on 2020 business sales for minority- and nonminority-owned businesses. 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 March 22.)

2020 Annual Capital Expenditures for Robotic Equipment

The U.S. Census Bureau will release new data from the Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES) covering reference year 2020. Data will include estimates of business spending for industrial and service robotic equipment by 2-digit NAICS sector and select 3-digit and 4-digit NAICS industries by U.S. nonfarm businesses with employees. (Scheduled for release March 30.)

2022 Capital Spending Report: U.S. Capital Spending Patterns 2011 – 2022

Data in this report are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011-2022 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey, which collects information on expenditures for new and used structures and equipment by all U.S. nonfarm businesses. In addition, it examines investment shares over time. The Capital Spending Report series covers spending by two-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry sector in a 10-year moving window ending with the most recent Annual Capital Expenditures Survey reference year — 2019 in the current report. (Scheduled for release April 6.)

2022 LED Partnership Virtual Workshop

Registration is now open for the 2022 LED Partnership Virtual Workshop April 5-7. This year’s theme is, “Making Sense of Data in a New Era.” The work of state Labor Market Information (LMI) partners, other data users and U.S. Census Bureau researchers will be highlighted in plenary sessions. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. For more information, visit <lehd.ces.census.gov/learning/workshop/2022.html>.

Small Business Pulse Survey Phase 8

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, workplace COVID-19 vaccinations and testing requirements, supply-chain disruptions, capital expenditures, 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 8 began Feb. 14, 2022. Responses were first published Feb. 24th and will continue for 9 weeks, until April 21, 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 April 13 and will include March 2022 data.

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 Mom and Pop Business Owners Day: March 29, 2022
  • National Vietnam War Veterans Day: March 29, 2022
  • National Doctors Day: March 30, 2022
  • Community Colleges Month: April 2022
  • NCAA 2022 Women’s and Men’s Basketball Final Fours: April 1-4, 2022
  • Grammy Awards: April 3, 2022
  • National Library Week: April 3-9, 2022
  • National Beer Day: April 7, 2022
  • National Siblings Day: April 10, 2022
  • National Pet Day: April 11, 2022
  • National Volunteer Week: April 17-23, 2022
  • Administrative Professionals Week and Day: April 24-30 & 27, 2022
  • National Kindergarten Day: April 21, 2022
  • Earth Day: April 22, 2022
  • World Book and Copyright Day: April 23, 2022
  • National Telephone Day: April 25, 2022
  • National Arbor Day: April 29, 2022
  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: April 30, 2022
  • Louisiana 210th Anniversary of Statehood (1812): April 30, 2022

Multimedia

Radio

Upcoming segments include “National Frozen Food Month” (March 5), and “Voter Registration” (March 7).

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

Recently Released

(Released since Feb. 25, 2022)

The U.S. Census Bureau hosted the National Advisory Committee Special Meeting on differential privacy March 7. The committee addressed strategies for communicating the use of differential privacy for the 2020 Census data products. Additionally, the committee provided recommendations for messaging and communication strategies for information data users of all skill levels about what differential privacy is, the data protection it provides, the privacy/accuracy tradeoff, and the strengths and limitations of the 2020 Census data products. 

2020 Census

March 10 — The U.S. Census Bureau released preliminary results from the 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) along with additional results from the 2020 Demographic Analysis (DA) March 10. It conducted a pre-release webinar March 3. The webinar explained the purpose, methodologies and types of PES and DA results that will be made available. A virtual news conference to brief media on the release of the first results was held March 10. The first release of PES results provided estimates of population coverage overall and by demographic groups, such as race and Hispanic origin, as well as age groups and sex. DA results included net coverage error estimates by age and sex.

March 10 — The U.S. Census Bureau released results today from two analyses about the quality of the 2020 Census counts. While both showed the strength of the count for the total U.S. population, each analysis revealed that the 2020 Census overcounted or undercounted various demographic groups. “Today’s results show statistical evidence that the quality of the 2020 Census total population count is consistent with that of recent censuses. This is notable, given the unprecedented challenges of 2020,” said Director Robert L. Santos. “But the results also include some limitations — the 2020 Census undercounted many of the same population groups we have historically undercounted, and it overcounted others.” Spanish

Demographic

March 11 — The U.S. Census Bureau’s International Programs Center released a series of technical notes on Select Topics in International Censuses (STIC). 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. New notes include Geospatial Data Disclosure Avoidance and the Census, and Measuring Work and Labor Market Participation in a Census.

March 1 — The U.S. Census Bureau released Wealth, Asset Ownership and Debt of Households state-level data tables from the 2020 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). These data highlight household net worth estimates at the state level broken down by selected asset and debt categories. These measures include information on home equity and retirement accounts, as well as vehicle debt and credit card debt.

Facts for Features

March 1 — The roots of National Women’s History Month go back to March 8, 1857, when women from various New York City factories staged a protest over poor working conditions. The first Women’s Day celebration in the United States was in 1909, also in New York City, but Congress did not establish National Women’s History Week until 1981 to be commemorated annually the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month.

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

Blogs

Written by: David Raglin — March 10 — The American Community Survey (ACS) helps local officials, community leaders, and businesses understand the social, housing, economic and demographic changes taking place in their communities. Every decision-maker needs information to help them make informed decisions about their communities and businesses. The ACS is the premier source for detailed information about our nation and the data are used to support these data driven decisions.

Written by: Timothy Kennel, assistant division chief for statistical methods, Decennial Statistical Studies Division, and Eric Jensen, senior technical expert for demographic analysis, Population Division — March 3 — On March 10, 2022, the U.S. Census Bureau released coverage estimates for the 2020 Census. These are our estimates of how well the 2020 Census covered — or included — everyone in the nation and in certain demographic groups. Specifically, coverage estimates give us some statistical insight into whether the census counts for certain groups may be too low, meaning the census likely missed some people, or whether the counts may be too high, indicating some people may have been counted in error or more than once. We call these estimated undercounts and overcounts, respectively.

Multimedia

Radio

Profile America segments include “First Burglar Alarm” (Feb. 26) and “Child Labor Law” (March 3).

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

Resources

Emergency Management/Disaster Resources

When major disasters strike, visit our Emergency Management Page to get demographic and economic data on 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 the U.S. Census Bureau’s 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. Learn more about 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.

  • Census COVID-19 Data Hub — This site provides users demographic risk factor variables along with economic data on 20 key industries impacted by Coronavirus.
  • Explore Census Data — This new platform on data.census.gov is based on overwhelming feedback to streamline the way you get data and digital content from Census Bureau.
  • LED Extraction Tool — Provides easy access to the raw data products produced by the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program.

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, free trainings available at your convenience. The library includes presentations, recorded webinars, tutorials and other helpful materials.

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