*Note: Updated on 8/15/22.*
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 submit 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 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. (Scheduled for release at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, September 15.)
The Census Bureau will release The Wealth of Households: 2020. The brief examines household wealth at the end of 2020 using the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 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. More information on the SIPP is available on the website. (Scheduled for release August 31.)
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 Census Bureau’s website. (Scheduled for release September/October.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release data from the 2021 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) covering data year 2021. The SIPP is a longitudinal survey that interviews the same individuals over a four-year period. It provides comprehensive information about the income and assistance-program participation of U.S. individuals and households. SIPP collects data and measures change in characteristics like economic well-being, family dynamics, education, assets, health insurance, childcare, and food security. (Scheduled for release August 31.)
New data on computer and internet use by American Indian and Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander populations will be released in August. This table package provides insight into the availability of broadband access and use for these populations. Statistics in this table package are based on 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-year estimates. (Tentatively scheduled for release in August.)
The Census Bureau will release a working paper on the effects of using the 2020 Census-based population controls on the previously released 2020 data by presenting key income, poverty, Supplemental Poverty Measure and health insurance estimates using both the 2010 and 2020 Census-based population controls. Updated population controls that use the 2020 Census will be employed to weight the 2022 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC) as well as the estimates in the associated income, poverty, and health insurance coverage reports that will be released in September 2022. These data and reports will provide information on calendar year 2021. To show year-to-year changes across consistently weighted data, the 2020 estimates in these reports will be updated to use the 2020 Census-based population controls. As a result, the 2020 estimates may not match the estimates published in the September 2021 reports, which used 2010 Census-based population controls. (Scheduled for release in August.)
The Census Bureau will announce the nation’s annual estimates on income, earnings and inequality to evaluate national economic trends and to understand their effect on the well-being of households and individuals. These estimates are based on the 2022 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement. (Scheduled for release September 13.)
The Census Bureau will announce the nation’s annual health insurance coverage estimates highlighting national trends and examining characteristics by health insurance status to better understand the well-being of individuals. These estimates are based on the 2022 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement. State-level ACS data will be released September 15. (Scheduled for release September 13.)
The Census Bureau will announce the nation’s official poverty and Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) estimates to help understand the economic well-being of households, families and individuals based on national poverty rates and SPM rates for the nation and states. This is the first year that official poverty and SPM estimates will be released in the same report. These estimates are based on the 2022 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement. (Scheduled for release September 13.)
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 webpage.
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 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 present “Who Is Served by the Tip Credit? Effects of Minimum Wage Laws on Tipping, Employment, and Prices at Restaurants.” The webinar highlights a study of the impact of two types of minimum wages, regular and tipped credit, on the outcomes of restaurants and their workers. Specifically, whether restaurants in states with increasing minimum wages change the number or type of workers they employ, raise their prices or go out of business more often. The study also examines whether the workers at these restaurants earn more, in both tips and regular pay, work fewer hours or stay at their jobs longer. (Scheduled for August 17.)
Census Bureau’s subject matter experts will present data available from various sources. You will learn about the different types of data available from the public sector to include tax statistics, employment, pensions, and state and local government finances. The session includes how to find demographic data from the American Community Survey while discovering gems and resources from both business and demographic programs. 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 5 of 6 in a series to help data users discover Census data leading up to the launch of the 2022 Economic Census. (Tentatively scheduled for August 18.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release an infographic from the Annual Business Surveys (ABS), covering data years 2020 and 2019. The infographic will show employees’ working from home status before and during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic. Data are shown for the percentage of employer businesses in 2019 and 2020. 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. (Tentatively scheduled for release August 23.)
The U.S. Census Bureau has launched 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 allow greater insight into the state of the economy by providing continuous, timely data for key economic measures every two weeks. Data collection is scheduled began 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 September 14 and will include August 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.
August 10 — John Abowd, the U.S. Census Bureau’s chief scientist and associate director for research and methodology, is one of five recipients of the 2022 Champion of Freedom Awards. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) award recognizes individuals and organizations for their commitment to safeguarding the right to privacy, open government and democratic values with courage and integrity.
August 11 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced it plans to release the 2020 Census Congressional District Summary Files in August 2023. These summary files are retabulations of selected summary levels from the Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (scheduled for release in May 2023) for the 118th Congress and the new state legislative districts. When states report changes to congressional districts, the Census Bureau retabulates data using the new boundaries.
August 3 — The U.S. Census Bureau will release the final set of results from the 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) on Aug. 16. These results will provide insight into the quality of the 2020 Census counts for the Puerto Rico population and housing units. It also includes coverage estimates for housing units across the nation, regions, states and the District of Columbia, and by selected characteristics for the nation.
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.
August 11 — The U.S. Census Bureau released new 2020 data from the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program, the only source of single-year estimates of the number of people with and without health insurance coverage in each of the nation’s roughly 3,142 counties. The county statistics are provided by select sex and age groups, and at income-to-poverty levels that reflect thresholds for state and federal assistance programs. State estimates also include health insurance coverage data by race and Hispanic origin. Because consistent estimates are available from 2008 to 2020, SAHIE reflects annual changes over time. The data will be available on the Census Bureau’s website at <www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sahie.html>.
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 the 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.
Shalise S. Ayromloo and Kelly R. Wilkin — August 3 — Survey earnings data are the foremost source of available information on personal and household income in the United States. They provide a timely and complete picture of household earnings profiles to the public, policymakers and researchers that alternative sources of earnings measures (like the Social Security Administration’s Master Earnings File) cannot. Thus, the gradual increase in the share of survey respondents who do not provide their earnings in household surveys – the so-called earnings nonresponse rate – is concerning.
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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.