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.)
The Census Bureau is releasing a series of reports designed to assess the quality of 2020 Census programs and operations and test new methods suggested from previous research. These studies include evaluations, experiments, operational assessments, quality control profiles and a topic report. Conclusions and recommendations will play a key role in the design, research, testing and implementation of the 2030 Census. (Scheduled for release through 2025).
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 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, child care 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 September 1.)
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 U.S. Census Bureau will release the report, “Domestic Migration of Older Americans: 2015-2019.” This report uses estimates from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates to examine the domestic migration patterns of Americans ages 65 and over and compare them with those under age 65, especially those ages 55 to 64. It looks at the general mobility of the older population—how many moved and what type of move they made and evaluates mobility patterns by sex and disability status. The report also examines net migration rates at the region, division, and state levels to identify areas that experienced the largest net migration gain or loss of older people, as well as the most popular destinations and origins of older migrants. (Scheduled for release September 20.)
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau will soon release products from the 2021 American Housing Survey (AHS). On September 29, the AHS Table Creator will be released with new 2021 estimates. The Table Creator is an interactive data tool that allows users to create custom tables of housing and demographic estimates for the nation, 25 metropolitan areas and selected states. The 2021 AHS public use file will also be available September 29. The public use file is a microdata file containing individual survey records that allow users to create their own tabulations. (Scheduled for release September 29.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release a new report on the languages spoken at home statistics from the 1-year 2019 American Community Survey (ACS). This report examines language data by household characteristics, demographic and social characteristics, and English-speaking ability. State maps display the geographic distribution of people, 5 years old and over, who speak a language other than English in the United States in 2019 and the change of distribution from 2010 to 2019. Data in the report are presented at the national, state, and metropolitan area levels. The ACS is a nationally representative survey administered by the U.S. Census Bureau that collects and produces information on demographic, social, economic, and housing data for the nation, states, congressional districts, counties, places, and other localities every year. More information on the ACS survey is available on the Census Bureau’s website. (Scheduled for release in September.)
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 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 U.S. Census Bureau and other federal statistical agencies to provide near real-time data on how the COVID-19 pandemic, and changes in social and economic conditions are affecting people’s lives to inform federal and state response and recovery planning. Data collection for phase 3.6 is tentatively planned to begin in September with data dissemination, including detailed data tables and public use data files, on a monthly basis.
Census Business Builder (CBB) will be updated to version 4.3. Updates to the tool include bug fixes, data updates and the addition of two new pre-built regions: Small Business Association County/Tract HUBZones and HUD Opportunity Zones. 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 in August.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release a summary brief and charts for the 2020 Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances. This report highlights changes in revenues, expenditures, debt and cash and security holdings for the state and local government combined estimates. It also illustrates the breakdown of revenues by type (taxes, charges, federal support and other) and expenditures by function like health, education, police, etc. (Scheduled for release September 22.)
The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will release a new version of the experimental data product, Dispersion Statistics on Productivity <DiSP, www.census.gov/disp>. DiSP provides information on the within-industry dispersion in productivity at the 4-digit NAICS level for the manufacturing sector. The new version of the DiSP data covers years 1987 to 2019 and adds two measures of tail dispersion, the 99-90 and 10-1 ranges. (Scheduled for release September 28.)
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 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.
Halloween, which dates to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has evolved into a community-based celebration characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns. In the spirit of Halloween, this edition of the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features presents a wide array of new and updated statistical information. (Tentatively scheduled for release in August.)
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 23 — The U.S. Census Bureau held a briefing for the National Urban League plaintiffs in the case of NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE, et. al., v. GINA RAIMONDO et. al. The Census Bureau agreed in a Joint Stipulation in settling this lawsuit to brief plaintiffs to allow an opportunity for questions and answers regarding the status of census processing, data quality metrics and assessment of released data quality metrics.
August 18 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the first two of more than 65 reports from its 2020 Census Evaluations and Experiments (EAE) operation designed to assess the quality of 2020 Census programs and operations and test new methods suggested from previous research.
August 17 — The U.S. Census Bureau has formally invited the public to share its input and ideas for an improved 2030 Census. The invitation comes in the form of a Federal Register Notice published today. The notice marks the start of a 90-day response window. Spanish
August 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau released estimates of net coverage error and components of coverage for Puerto Rico from the 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES). These results provide insight into the quality of the 2020 Census counts for the population and housing units in Puerto Rico. Spanish
August 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau released undercount and overcount rates for housing units from the 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES). These results provide insight into the quality of the 2020 Census counts for housing units for the nation, regions, states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and by selected characteristics and census operations for the nation. Spanish
August 17 — The Census Bureau released a working paper on the effects of using 2020 Census-based population controls on 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.
August 23 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.
August 18 — Census Bureau’s subject matter experts presented data available from various sources. You learned 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 included how to find demographic data from the American Community Survey while discovering gems and resources from both business and demographic programs. There was 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 Bureau data leading up to the launch of the 2022 Economic Census.
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.
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.
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 August spotlight, which includes:
Stay tuned for our next By the Numbers feature for September.
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 Census Bureau’s Educational Resource Library for previously recorded, free training available at your convenience. The library includes presentations, recorded webinars, tutorials and other helpful materials.