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.)
The American Community Survey (ACS) program will release a file on its File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site containing experimental weights that can be joined to the 2019 ACS 1-year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) file. The weights were produced using the same methodology used to produce the 2020 ACS 1-year PUMS file with experimental weights. This file will allow data users to compare 2019 and 2020 ACS PUMS data with the same weighting methodology. (Scheduled for release June 9.)
A new report examines aging trends in Asia compared to other world regions and within Asia. The report, “Asia Aging: Demographic, Economic and Health Transitions,” produced by the Census Bureau’s International Programs Center in the Population Division, addresses the demographic, economic and health transitions that have taken place in Asian countries, while considering the wide diversity of economic development throughout Asia. (Scheduled for release June 21.)
Internet tables and detailed downloadable files will show annual population estimates for the nation, states, and counties by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin and for Puerto Rico by age and sex as of July 1, 2021. (Scheduled for embargo starting June 28; for public release June 30).
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 will release data from the Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES) covering data year 2020. Tables will show the sources of financial assistance requested/received by companies with employees in the United States during the Coronavirus pandemic; use of the financial assistance received; impact on payroll and budgeted capital expenditures; and the use of capital expenditures to fund investment related to social distancing and safety. All data will be available at the national level by 2-digit NAICS industry. Sources of financial assistance requested/received will be available for companies without employees. (Scheduled for release June 15.)
Census Bureau 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 including construction spending, building permits, characteristics of new housing and the demographics 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 three of six in a series to help data users discover census data leading up to the launch of the 2022 Economic Census. (Scheduled for June 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 will host the webinar, “Providing Local Communities with the Data They Need.” The webinar looks at a variety of sources, including U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates and the 5-Year American Community Survey, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics, the Northern Ohio Data and Information Service, and the County Fiscal Office that were used to publish the 2021 Data Book for Cuyahoga County. The book provides insight into the Cuyahoga County communities and was intended to be used by local governments, community organizations, and others interested in learning more about the community. It can also be used as a resource in preparing grant applications, understanding community changes, and identifying issues to address. (Scheduled for June 22.)
The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release the 2019 Nonemployer Statistics (NES). This annual series provides subnational economic data for businesses that have no paid employees or payroll, are subject to federal income tax and have receipts of $1,000 or more ($1 or more for the Construction sector). The data consist of the number of businesses and total receipts by industry and are available for over 450 industries at detailed geographic levels, including national, state, county, metropolitan/micropolitan statistical areas and combined statistical areas. (Scheduled for release June 30.)
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 23 — John Abowd, associate director for research and methodology and chief scientist for the U.S. Census Bureau, is the inaugural recipient of the 2022 Edward Lazear Prize from the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE). The award recognizes excellence in research, exemplary service to the field and contributions to civil society.
May 31 — The U.S. Census Bureau today began mailing approximately 40,000 eligible governmental units at the tribal, state and local levels about participating in the 2020 Post-Census Group Quarters Review (PCGQR) operation. The 2020 PCGQR is a new, one-time operation that was created in response to public feedback received on the Count Question Resolution operation about counting group quarters’ populations during the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 26 — Internet tables and detailed downloadable files 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. Spanish
May 27 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.
May 26 — The ZIP Code Business Patterns (ZBP) 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.
May 26 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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 are available on the Census Bureau’s website at <https://www.census.gov/library/publications/2022/econ/2020-e-stats.html>.
May 25 — 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.
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.
written By: Director Robert L. Santos — May 26 —Memorial Day is almost upon us. Many use this holiday to mark the beginning of our summer vacation season. But as we all know, Memorial Day is much more meaningful and special. On this national holiday, we honor all those who have died in American wars. I suspect we have all been touched in some way by the painful reality of knowing someone or knowing of someone who died while serving in the armed forces. But along with the sorrow is deep appreciation for the brave souls who put their lives on the line for our nation. And there is the celebration of the life lived, despite it having been cut short.
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 June spotlight which includes:
Stay tuned for our next By the Numbers feature for July.
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.