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Tip Sheet Number 6 — March 25, 2022

Press Release Number TP22-06

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.

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.)

The mission of the U. S. Census Bureau is to serve as the nation’s leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy. Achieving the mission transcends that of conducting the decennial census, the count from which is used to determine the number of seats in the U. S. House of Representatives for each state. The Census Bureau gathers data covering many aspects describing who we are as a nation, including attributes of our people, the nation’s businesses, and even our federal, state, and local governments. Visit the Census Bureau Strategic Plan for years 2022 through 2026 to learn how the plan reflects core tenets to inspire innovation and improvement in our work, consistent with our core values of scientific integrity, objectivity, and independence, as well as equity, diversity, and inclusion.

2020 Census

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. 

Event Recognizing the National 2020 Center of Population

The event to recognize Hartville, Missouri, as the center of population of the United States has been postponed to the fall of 2022 (previously scheduled for spring of 2022). The event will include an on-site unveiling of a commemorative survey monument. More details will be available in the coming months. (Scheduled for the fall of 2022.) 

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

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

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

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 2011–2020

Data in this report are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011-2020 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 — 2020 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>.

Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections

The 2020 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections provides a comprehensive look at state governments and contains statistics on the tax collections of all state governments, including receipts from compulsory fees. State governments and businesses have been using these statistics to make policy and investment decisions since 1951. (Scheduled for release April 18.)

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.

Facts for Features

Facts for Features: 1950 Census

On April 1, 2022, the National Archives and Records Administration will release records from the 1950 Census. These records provide genealogists, historians, researchers and the public an opportunity to research their family histories alongside our nation’s history. In this Special Edition Facts for Features, we compare notable 1950 Census facts with corresponding information from the 2020 Census or most recent statistics from other Census Bureau surveys and programs.  (Scheduled for the week of March 28.)

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.

  • NCAA 2022 Women’s and Men’s Basketball Final Fours: April 1-4, 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
  • National Kindergarten Day: April 21, 2022
  • Earth Day: April 22, 2022
  • World Book and Copyright Day: April 23, 2022
  • Administrative Professionals Week and Day: April 24-30 & 27, 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 New York City’s first elevator in “America Gets a Lift” (March 27), and “FM Radio Debuts” (March 28).

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).

Profile America Ends 25-year Run

The Census Bureau’s current daily podcast Profile America Audio will come to an end after 25 years on April 30, 2022. Profile America began in 1997 with one-minute audio clips and scripts that have connected Census Bureau data to a wide range of familiar and sometimes overlooked holidays, anniversaries, observances, celebrations, and historic events. The distribution of Profile America has reflected changing technology and listeners’ preferences, shifting from packaging and mailing audio CDs to instant anywhere, anytime online playbacks and downloads. In its place, the Census Bureau will be launching a new product. Details to come. (Scheduled for April 30.)

Recently Released

(Released since March 11, 2022)

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

2020 Census

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

March 22 — The U.S. Census Bureau hosted 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. 

March 17 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced undercount and overcount rates by state and the District of Columbia from the 2020 Census Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) will be released in May 2022, which is earlier than previously announced.

American Community Survey

March 17 — The U.S. Census Bureau offered 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. Spanish

March 17 —The U.S. Census Bureau released 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 was posted March 17 following the 2016-2020 ACS 5-year data release.

Demographic

March 24 — Internet tables and detailed downloadable files show annual population estimates, rankings and components of change for counties, Puerto Rico Municipios, and metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas since the 2020 Census. Spanish

Economic

March 22 — The U.S. Census Bureau released preliminary data tables and an infographic from the 2021 Annual Business Survey (ABS) covering data year 2020. Tables 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 provides 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.

March 16 — 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 presented “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. 

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: Ceci A. Villa Ross, special assistant, American Community Survey Office — March 17 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the standard 2016-2020 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates that are critical for government and business uses and understanding the social and economic characteristics of the U.S. population and economy. As explained in a previously released blog, the ACS data collection operations were significantly impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. These disruptions prevented us from collecting information from certain segments of the population. This resulted in substantial nonresponse bias in the 2020 ACS data, which means the characteristics of people who responded to the survey were significantly different from the people who did not respond. Because of this bias, the resulting data would not have been representative of the U.S. population.

Written by: Maritza Torres and Alexander George, Trade Data Collection Branch, Economic Management Division — March 15 — By now, we're all growing accustomed to an ever-evolving world but keeping up with changes can be challenging. Exports are no exception. As an Automated Export System (AES) filer, you know it’s key to stay on top of Title 15 Code of Federal Regulations Part 30, the Foreign Trade Regulations and filing requirements. So, in this blog we discuss recent AES changes related to filing Electronic Export Information (EEI) – the addition of a new AES license code, its reporting guidelines, and what this means for your work.

Multimedia

Radio

Profile America segments include the invention of the automatic dishwasher in “Inventive Society Lady” (March 8) and the invention of the paint roller in “Inspired Rollout” (March 9).

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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