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Tip Sheet Number 8 — April 22, 2022

Press Release Number TP22-08


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 Census Bureau will host the National Advisory Committee Spring Virtual Meeting — May 5-6. The Committee will address policy, research and technical topics relating to a full range of Census Bureau programs and activities, including the decennial census, demographic and economic statistical programs, field operations, and information technology. For more information visit <www.census.gov/about/cac/nac/meetings/2022-05-meeting.html>.

U.S. Census Bureau researchers and other survey research professionals across the nation will present findings at the 77th Annual American Association for Public Opinion Research 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 May 11-14.)

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 fall 2022 (previously scheduled for spring 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 fall 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.)


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.


2020 County Business Patterns

The County Business Patterns upcoming annual series release provides 2020 subnational economic data by industry using the two- through six-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. These data include detailed information on the number of establishments, employment during the week including March 12, and first quarter and annual payroll at the national, state, metropolitan/micropolitan statistical area, combined statistical area, county and congressional district levels for nearly 1,000 NAICS industries. Data for Puerto Rico and the Island Areas are also available at the state- and county-equivalent level. (Scheduled for release April 28.)

Census Bureau subject matter experts will present data available from various sources. You will learn about the different types of data available in this sector and the workers within the industries. The session includes how to find key data from the Services Annual Survey and crucial information on the workers from the Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamics and the American Community Survey. Discover gems and resources connected to the statistics. There will be an opportunity to connect with our experts via live chat and during the Q&A segment of the webinar. This webinar is part one of six in a series to help data users discover Census Bureau data leading up to the launch of the 2022 Economic Census. (Scheduled for release April 28.)

Census Business Builder (CBB) 4.2

Census Business Builder (CBB) is being updated to version 4.2. Updates to the tool include fixes to the geography rankings, and PDF map builder, as well as new datasets including the 2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-year data and data for a new variable from the Community Resilience Estimates. To learn more about the full scope of CBB updates, visit the CBB homepage and explore both the Small Business Edition and the Regional Analyst Edition versions. (Scheduled for Release May 9.)

Annual Survey of School System Finances

The U.S. Census Bureau will release new Annual Survey of School System Finances tables. The tables will provide new data on spending per public school pupil (pre-K through 12th grade), in addition to data on national and state revenue and debt in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (Scheduled for release May 18.)

2020 E-Stats Report

The U.S. Census Bureau will release a data visualization that summarizes 2020 e-commerce statistics on shipments, sales and revenues from key sectors of the economy: manufacturing, wholesale, services and retail. The statistics are available for the nation dating back to 1998. The estimates in this data visualization are based on data collected from separate surveys: Annual Survey of Manufactures, Annual Wholesale Trade Survey, Service Annual Survey, and the Annual Retail Trade Survey. Measures of total economic activity and e-commerce are presented in this data visualization to provide a broad perspective of e-commerce activity across several sectors. The data visualization and information on the individual surveys used will be available on the Census Bureau’s website at <www.census.gov/programs-surveys/e-stats.html> (Scheduled for release May 26.)

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 May 11 and will include April 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.

  • Public Service Recognition Week: May 1-7, 2022 
  • National Small Business Week: May 1-7, 2022 
  • Teacher Appreciation Week & Day: May 1-7 & 3, 2022 
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: May 2-June TBD, 2022 
  • National Nurses Day & Week: May 6 & 6-12, 2022 
  • Mother’s Day: May 8, 2022 
  • Europe Day: May 9, 2022 
  • National Police Week: May 15-21, 2022 
  • Bike to Work Week & Day: May 16-22 & 20, 2022 
  • Armed Forces Day: May 21, 2022 
  • Waitstaff Day: May 21, 2022 
  • National Maritime Day: May 22, 2022



Upcoming segments include the invention of solar cell in “A Higher Power” (April 24), and the “First License Plates” (April 26).

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 April 8, 2022)

April 13 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced the appointment of Ditas Katague as associate director of communications, responsible for leading internal and external communications activities of the nation’s largest statistical agency. This includes oversight of marketing, public affairs, congressional and intergovernmental affairs, partner engagement and media relations.

American Community Survey

American Community Survey Blog Series

Census Bureau experts discussed how the pandemic affected data collection for the American Community Survey in 2020 and other aspects of the survey. (Released periodically in 2021 and early 2022.) 


April 14 — A downloadable file containing July 1, 2021, estimates of the resident U.S. population by single year of age and sex was released on the Population and Housing Unit Estimates webpage at <www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest.html>. 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.

April 11 — The Census Bureau launched its latest data explorer tool, My Community Explorer (MCE). MCE is an interactive map-based tool that highlights demographic and socioeconomic data that measure inequality and can help inform data-based solutions. This tool is designed to help users identify underserved communities as directed by the President’s Executive Order 13985 on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce.


April 20 — Using data from the Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics infrastructure files, Kevin McKinney addresses changes over time and across subnational populations in the distribution of real labor earnings. Four large metropolitan statistical areas (Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco) for the period 1998 to 2017, with particular attention paid to the subperiods before, during and after the Great Recession were considered.

April 18 — The 2021 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.

Facts for Features

April 18 — The month-long observance of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders started more than 25 years ago. We celebrate their growing contributions to our nation with a host of statistical information on this group. Statistics are included for the Asian as well as the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander populations covering demographics and businesses.

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


Written by: Maurice Hinton, Trade Regulations Branch, Economic Management Division — April 19 — For additional blogs in this series about U.S.-Puerto Rico Shipping Regulations, please see part 1part 2 and part 3. In this blog, we explore two scenarios for export shipments between the U.S. and Puerto Rico and identify the U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI).

Written by: Luke Rogers, PH. D and Christine Hartley, PH. D. — April 14 — By now, it is well known that the COVID-19 pandemic significantly delayed the availability of 2020 Census data. One program that depends on these data is the Population Estimates Program (PEP) for which the most recent census serves as the starting point for the next 10 years of our annual population estimates. 



Profile America segments include “National Pet Day” (April 11) and the “First Portable Typewriter” (April 12).

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).


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.

  • OnTheMap for Emergency Management — Access U.S. population and workforce statistics, in real time, for areas being affected by natural disasters.
  • Developers — Developer portal to access services and documentation for the Census Bureau’s APIs.
  • USA Trade Online USA Trade Online is a free and dynamic online tool, where users can access current and historical U.S. export and import data.

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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