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 U.S. 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 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates are scheduled to be released on Thursday, September 15, 2022. These data will be available for the nation, all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metropolitan area and all counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more. These estimates include language spoken at home, educational attainment, commute to work, employment, mortgage status and rent, as well as income, poverty and health insurance coverage. Embargo subscribers can access these statistics beginning at 10 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, September 13, for release at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, September 15.
The Census Bureau will release The Wealth of Households: 2019. The brief examines household wealth at the end of 2019 using the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). It highlights differences in the rates of asset- and debt-holding and demonstrates significant variation in median household wealth by demographic and economic characteristics, such as education and income. The 2019 Wealth, Asset Ownership, & Debt of Households Detailed Tables were released in October 2021. (Scheduled for release in July.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release a new report on poverty statistics from the 2018-2020 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). This report provides monthly, annual, episodic, and chronic poverty rates over the 2017–2019 period. The SIPP is a nationally representative panel survey administered by the U.S. Census Bureau that collects information on the short-term dynamics of employment, income, household composition, and eligibility for and participation in government assistance programs. More information on the SIPP survey is available on the website. (Tentatively scheduled for release in August.)
The 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 mode offered, learning loss mitigation strategies, staffing levels, safe and healthy school mitigation 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 Census Bureau and other federal statistical agencies to provide near real-time data on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people’s lives to inform federal and state response and recovery planning. Data collection for phase 3.5 began June 1 with data dissemination, including detailed data tables and public-use data files, to be released on a monthly basis. (Scheduled for release June 22, July 20 and August 17.)
The Census Bureau will release the 2020 State and Local Government Finance Table that details revenues, expenditures, debt, and cash and security holdings by level of government including state, local, and state and local figures combined. (Tentatively scheduled for release July 5.)
The Census Bureau’s subject matter experts will present data available from various sources. You will learn about the different types of data available from this sector to help guide your business decisions. The session includes 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 4 of 6 in a series to help data users discover census data leading up to the launch of the 2022 Economic Census. (Scheduled for July 28.)
In April of 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau launched the Small Business Pulse Survey to produce crucial data in near real-time on the challenges small business were facing due to the Coronavirus pandemic. After two years of data collection, SBPS has come to a close, but the Census Bureau will incorporate the lessons learned throughout to produce high frequency, detailed, near real-time business data with the new Business Trends and Outlook Survey (BTOS) beginning summer 2022.
To mark the closing of the SBPS chapter, a series of charts were created that highlight the three indexes that span the entirety of the survey. These indexes offer a numeric representation of one or more questions and provide a view into how small businesses weathered the past two years.
The U.S. Census Bureau will launch a new survey to measure business conditions on an ongoing basis. The Business Trends and Outlook Survey (BTOS) is the successor to the Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS), a high-frequency survey that measured the effect of changing business conditions during the coronavirus pandemic and other major events like hurricanes on our nation’s small businesses.
BTOS experimental data products will be representative of all single location employer businesses in the U.S. economy, excluding farms. These data will provide insight into the state of the economy by providing continuous, timely data for key economic measures every two weeks. Data collection is scheduled to begin mid-July. Data will be released biweekly and available by sector, state and the 25 most populous metropolitan statistical areas.
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 July 14 and will include June 2022 data.
To commemorate the July 26, 1990, signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act into law, the Census Bureau presents a wide array of statistical information about people with disabilities. (Scheduled for release in July.)
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.
July 1 — The Census Bureau launched a refresh of data.census.gov, the main hub for data searches. The reimagined landing page includes new functionalities and redesigned geographic profiles crafted with the user experience in mind. The redesign of the landing page features new ways to get you started with your data search by offering example searches, information on the platforms’ capabilities and broad information on geographic profiles and how to access them. Data users can provide feedback at email@example.com.
June 23 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced the departure this fall of Associate Director for Research and Methodology and Chief Scientist, John Abowd, who has held the position since June 2016, and the assignment of Sallie Keller, division director and distinguished professor in biocomplexity at the Biocomplexity Institute at the University of Virginia (UVA). The Research and Methodology Directorate leads critical work to modernize our operations and products. Abowd is an internationally renowned scholar whose research on privacy and statistical disclosure limitation has helped the Census Bureau improve products and honor the commitment to confidentiality of data.
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.)
June 30 — Internet tables and detailed downloadable files 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. Spanish
June 30 — The U.S. Census Bureau released six new states (nine data partners) — Oregon, Hawaii, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Montana and Georgia — in the Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO) experimental data product. PSEO now includes data on 660 institutions, which cover more than 25% of all college graduates in the United States in 2015. Data users can access the data via the PSEO Explorer tool, raw files, and Census API.
The Census Bureau held an informational webinar on Thursday, June 23, 2022, from 12-1 p.m., to discuss its proposal for introducing new disclosure avoidance protections on the Current Population Survey Public Use File (CPS PUF) starting in 2023. To ensure that the Census Bureau continues to meet its obligations under Title 13 United States Code (U.S.C.) to protect the confidentiality of survey respondents, it must address vulnerabilities identified that require additional disclosure protection on the CPS PUF. The agency’s proposal seeks to introduce these new protections in a manner that preserves the value of this important resource to a wide range of data users. The Census Bureau is accepting comments through July 15, 2022, at ADDP.CPS.PUF.List@census.gov. A final plan will be announced in September.
June 21 — 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.
June 30 — The U.S. Census Bureau released major updates to the 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. Among the updates: New Live Feeds from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World for Wildfires, Hurricanes, and AirNow Air Quality Monitoring have been added to the interactive map as visuals that can be overlaid on Census data; Changes to map labeling, aggregation of map pop-ups, and a move from a side-by-side map comparison to one map. The dashboard also now includes data from phase 8 of the Small Business Pulse Survey.
June 30 — The Census Bureau released 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.
June 23 — The U.S. Census Bureau released Business Applications by County. This annual release adds data for 2021 and incorporates revisions for previously published 2019 and 2020 annual county counts. The entire series now spans the years 2005-2021. The annual county data provide business application data at a more detailed geographic level than what is published in the monthly and weekly Business Formation Statistics (BFS) releases.
June 22 — The 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 hosted the webinar, “Providing Local Communities With the Data They Need.” The webinar looks at a variety of sources, including 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 data 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.
June 9 — On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, the most American of holidays will be marked with red, white and blue, fireworks and parades, flags and backyard barbecues across the country.
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 July spotlight which includes:
Stay tuned for our next By the Numbers feature for August.
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.