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.
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.
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.)
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.)
Internet tables and detailed downloadable files will show annual population estimates for cities and towns, to include incorporated places and minor civil divisions, along with nation, state and county housing unit estimates as of July 1, 2021. (Scheduled for embargo starting May 24; for public release May 26.)
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.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll statistics provide a comprehensive look at the employment of the nation’s state and local governments. The survey provides state and local government data on full- and part-time employment, full-time equivalent employment and payroll statistics by governmental function. (Scheduled for release May 25.)
The ZIP Code Business Patterns (ZBP) upcoming annual series release provides 2020 economic data at the ZIP code level. ZBP data include the number of establishments at the employment-size class by industry level (2- through 6-digit NAICS). ZBP data also include the number of establishments, employment during the week including March 12, first quarter and annual payroll at the total for all sectors level NAICS 00. (Scheduled for release May 26.)
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 about 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.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release a summary report for the 2021 Annual Survey of Public Pension (ASPP). The ASSP provides revenues, expenditures, financial assets and membership information for the defined-benefit public pension systems. The survey only covers pension systems that are sponsored by a recognized unit of government and comprised of public employees compensated with public funds. (Scheduled for release May 27.)
Census Bureau’s subject matter experts will present data available from several economic and demographic sources. You will learn about the different types of data available in this sector to include construction spending, building permits, characteristics of new housing and the demographic aspect of the industry. The session highlights employment statistics from both business and demographic programs. Learn how to find key data and crucial information while discovering 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 3 of 6 in a series to help data users discover Census data leading up to the launch of the 2022 Economic Census. (Schedule for June 16.)
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. Phase 8, which has now concluded, marked the final phase of the SBPS. Plans are underway at the Census Bureau for the transition of SBPS and an announcement will be forthcoming soon.
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 June 9 and will include May 2022 data.
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.
May 11-14 — U.S. Census Bureau researchers and other survey research professionals across the nation presented findings at the 77th Annual American Association for Public Opinion Research Conference. This year’s conference was a forum for Census Bureau staffers to present and discuss their research on a spectrum of topics.
May 19 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the results from the 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) for the 50 states and District of Columbia May 19. This release included coverage estimates for states – undercount and overcount rates and components of coverage by state and the District of Columbia (a state equivalent), and national components of coverage – correct or erroneous enumerations and whole-person imputations by census operation. Results will not be broken down by demographic characteristics or geographic areas within the state.
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.)
May 13 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced the release of the Digital Equity Act Population Viewer, an interactive collection of maps that highlight various demographics and broadband internet availability and adoption by state. The maps help policymakers plan and implement digital inclusion and equity programs under the Digital Equity Act of 2021.
May 12 — 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 United Nations Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses by describing certain topics in more detail. Sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the STIC series is designed for staff in national statistical offices to assist them in addressing some of the significant issues in the 2020 round of censuses. This technical note provides information on administrative data sources and their use in supplementing a traditional population and housing census.
May 19 — Census Bureau’s subject matter experts presented data available from various sources. You will learn about business and demographic data to include the characteristics of business owners within the industries. The session includes how to find key data from the Service Annual Survey, the Annual Business Survey and the American Community Survey. Discover gems and resources connected to the Economic Census 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 2 of 6 in a series to help data users discover Census Bureau data leading up to the launch of the 2022 Economic Census.
May 18 — The U.S. Census Bureau released new Annual Survey of School System Finances tables. The tables 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.
May 18 — As the economy recovers from Covid-19, employers throughout Missouri face difficulties in finding workers. “Using Census Data to Understand Youth Employment” examines several key youth employment trends. The webinar utilizes the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) and several other publicly available data sources. Engaging younger workers — both high school students and recent high school graduates — represents one potential solution for addressing this labor shortage. Younger workers often fill many low-wage, part-time or seasonal jobs. These employment opportunities expose young people to the world of work, allow them to explore potential careers and enable them to earn money. For recent high school graduates, early employment opportunities may represent first steps in establishing careers.
May 9 — Census Business Builder (CBB) was updated to version 4.2. Updates to the tool include fixes to the geography rankings and PDF map builder, as well as the 2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-year data. In addition, a new beta feature has been added, a new prebuilt region for NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs). 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.
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 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 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.
By the Numbers: Join us each month as we shine a spotlight on notable observances, anniversaries and historical events for the month ahead. Celebrate your state's birthday with fun facts. Explore Census Bureau data through audio, video, infographics and more that we invite you to share.
Check out our May inaugural feature, which includes:
Stay tuned for our upcoming By the Numbers feature for June.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.