The U.S. Census Bureau will host the Census Scientific Advisory Committee Virtual Meeting Sept. 29-30. Experts and representatives of various organizations from across the nation are scheduled to attend the virtual meeting to discuss census programs, operations and innovative processes. (Scheduled for September 29-30.)
The Census Bureau is updating some security features on census.gov. Public users with outdated browsers may experience issues connecting with the site and applications. To avoid any issues, users should update their browsers to the most current version. Users may also need to update their operating system if it doesn’t support the latest browser version. The Census Bureau is alerting the public through social media and a banner on its website. Our call centers will also have information to help any users who experience issues. (Scheduled for October 11.)
The Census Bureau will release demographic profiles for the U.S. Island Areas: American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The demographic profile will provide basic demographic, social, economic and housing characteristics for each Island Area and lower levels of geography. More information is available on the 2020 Island Areas Censuses Data Products webpage. (Tentatively scheduled for release October 20.)
For the first time and in response to stakeholder interest, the U.S. Census Bureau plans to release 2020 Census operational metrics for counties and tracts. The Census Bureau had previously released substate summaries for each state showing the variation and spread in the range of the metrics among localities within each state. The upcoming release will provide the same metrics as the substate summaries but for individual counties and a subset of those metrics for individual tracts. Operational quality metrics can provide important information about the quality of the census by looking at how the census obtained a response for each address. To produce these local-level metrics, the Census Bureau is using the 2020 Disclosure Avoidance System, based on differential privacy, to protect the privacy of respondents and the confidentiality of their responses. This is the same system used for all 2020 Census data products. (Tentatively scheduled for release in October.)
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 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 planned to begin Sept. 14 with data dissemination, including detailed data tables and public use data files, on a monthly basis (Scheduled for release October 5, October 26 and November 29, 2022.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) for Puerto Rico in the QWI Explorer <https://qwiexplorer.ces.census.gov/> and the LED Extraction Tool <https://ledextract.ces.census.gov/>. Puerto Rico is the latest partner to join the Local Employment Dynamics Partnership. QWI includes 32 workforce indicators covering employment, employment change and earnings by various worker demographics and employer characteristics. (Scheduled for release in September 26.)
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). 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 will release the 2020 Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) data in the Census API, data.census.gov, in CSV format on the BDS website and BDS Explorer. The BDS is an annual time-series — covering the years 1978 to 2020 — and provides measures of business dynamics (such as job creation and destruction, establishment births and deaths, and firm startups and shutdowns) for the economy, aggregated by establishment and firm characteristics. (Scheduled for release September 29.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release the Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) Explorer, version 1.22.1. BDS Explorer provides access to the entire BDS dataset via line charts, bar charts and thematic maps. The application's intuitive dashboard allows for the construction of tables and charts to compare and rank measures of business dynamism. The 1.22.1 release will now allow measures to be compared side-by-side. The application’s URL will also save visualization settings for easy sharing. More information about BDS Explorer is available on the BDS Explorer homepage. (Tentatively scheduled for release on September 29.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release preliminary data from the 2021 Annual Survey of School System Finances. The data provide initial insight into spending per public school pupil (pre-K through 12th grade), as well as revenue and other school system spending details in 38 states and the District of Columbia. This release also includes a data visualization that compares these data to prior years (Scheduled for release October 4.)
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 October 13 and will include September 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.
September 23 —This special session provided an opportunity for the NAC to submit additional recommendations related to the 2020 Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC) prior to the October 2022 Data Stewardship Executive Policy Committee (DSEP) meeting where the final privacy-loss budget and parameter settings will be determined for the 2020 DHC. Additionally, Census Bureau subject matter experts will present metrics from the Round II 2010 Demonstration Data Product and summarize what they tell us about data accuracy and change from previous demonstration products. There will also be a presentation on the simulated re-identification attack on the Round II 2010 Demonstration Data Product.
September 19 — The U. S. Census Bureau works diligently to collect and present data in a user-friendly way on census.gov. As part of its mission to “serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy,” the U. S. Census Bureau debuted the refreshed census.gov on September 17. The refresh modernizes the visual design and improves overall site performance and mobile functionality. Streamlined navigation updates were developed in response to customer feedback and usability testing.
The Census Bureau plans to continue to improve the site based on additional testing and feedback from web visitors and stakeholders. For the best user experience, please clear browser history or cache. For more information about the changes, please visit: https://www.census.gov/library/video/2022/notable-changes-in-census-website-refresh.html.
September 21 — The event to recognize Hartville, Missouri, as the center of population of the United States was held Wednesday, September 21, at 4:30 pm Central Time, at Hartville City Park, Steele Bluff Road, Hartville. The event was free and open to the public and included an on-site unveiling of a commemorative survey monument. A center of population story map, Statistics in Schools warm-up activities and pictures from the event can be accessed in the 2020 Center of Population press kit.
September 19 — The U.S. Census Bureau held a Tribal Consultation on the 2010 demonstration data product for the Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC) on Monday, September 19, 3-4:30 pm ET. Demonstration data allow the public to assess the impact of differential privacy, a new disclosure avoidance framework for the 2020 Census, on the accuracy of data. The DHC includes demographic and housing characteristics for the American Indian and Alaska Native population and American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian areas. It does not include information for detailed American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages, which will be included in the Detailed DHC-A and Detailed DHC-B.
The Census Bureau released 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 included 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.
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.)
September 15 — The 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates were released Thursday, September 15, 2022. These data are 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. Spanish
September 22 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.
September 14 — Using three leading household surveys, this research documents how the interaction between bank access and poverty has evolved over time. The paper shows that unbanked rates for households in poverty have fallen significantly from the 1980s to the 2010s. However, for those in poverty, unbanked rates through not owning a checking or savings account are still five times larger than the national unbanked rate of 5.4% in 2019 (FDIC 2020). There are also large differences by race and Hispanic origin groups, as Black and Hispanic households in poverty have unbanked rates well above the national rate. The paper also discusses the reasons for being unbanked across demographic groups. Our findings suggest continued inequalities in access to the financial system that have persisted over time.
September 13 — The Census Bureau announced 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. Spanish
September 13 — The Census Bureau announced 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.
September 13 — The Census Bureau announced 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 was released in the same report. These estimates are based on the 2022 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement.
September 23 — Updated data is now available in the My Community Explorer, an interactive, map-based tool that highlights demographic and socioeconomic data. Included are live feeds from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World for U.S. Weather Watches and Warnings (Source: National Weather Service) and data from NOAA, Storm Surge Risk (Source: National Hurricane Center), as visuals that can be overlaid on census data, hurricane ‘forecast position’ symbology and clarified information about tract level data.
September 22 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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. For further information on state and local government finances, contact the Census Bureau’s Economy-Wide Statistics Division at 1-800-832-2839 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The data and technical documentation for this release can be found at www.census.gov/programs-surveys/gov-finances.html.
September 21 — 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 presented, “Child Care over the Business Cycle.”
This webinar looks at the impact of macroeconomic conditions on the child care market. Findings show the industry is substantially more exposed to the business cycle than other low-wage industries and responds more strongly to negative shocks than to positive ones. Indeed, child care employment requires more time to recover than the rest of the economy. Although the reduction in supply may pose difficulties for parents, evidence finds that center quality is countercyclical. When unemployment rates are higher, child care workers have on average higher levels of education and experience, turnover rates are lower and consumer reviews on yelp.com are higher.
September 20 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2.0 version of the LED Extraction Tool. This update adds access to the Job-to-Job Flows (J2J) dataset. The LED Extraction Tool enables streamlined access to the raw public-use data produced through the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership. To access the tool, please go to: ledextract.ces.census.gov. For help and documentation, please go to: lehd.ces.census.gov/applications/help/led_extraction_tool.html.
September 8 — During this month-long observance, our nation celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The Census Bureau joins in the celebration with this fact sheet presenting a range of updated statistics describing the demographic state of the nation’s Hispanic population. Spanish
September 8 — 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.
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.
Written by: Robert L. Santos, Director — September 22 — Chapter 2
This blog post is the second in a series on Hispanic Heritage Month.
In my last blog I recounted my fateful encounter with a prickly pear cactus and how that helped me later in life to be true to myself as I explored my identity. Today I’ll share with you more about the genesis of my ethnic identity. Believe it or not, my journey of identity commences before I was born! The lives of my abuelos — my grandparents — played an enormous role in my identity. A milestone occurred about a half a century before I was born with a special journey taken by my grandparents to my place of birth: San Antonio, Texas. Spanish
Written by: Robert L. Santos, Director — September 15 — Chapter 1
This blog post is the first in a series on Hispanic Heritage Month.
Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, and Spain.
All of us – Latinx or otherwise – have stories that need telling so that we can better understand one another. And the COVID-19 pandemic only seems to have exacerbated the situation. So I’m going to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with you by telling you the story of my journey of self- identity – no holds barred. It’s important to share this story to illustrate the dynamic nature of self-identity and how that can help you grow professionally and otherwise. As for myself, I believe that bringing one’s whole self to your career helps you become better at whatever you do. In my case, it makes me a better statistician, mentor, and leader.
Written By: Jonathan Rothbaum and Adam Bee — September 13 — In the latest release of its annual income report, Income in the United States: 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau tabulates the national income distribution using survey responses collected during February through April 2022 (with the majority of data collected in March) as part of the 2022 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). However, as Research Matters blog posts from each of the last two years have explained (in 2020 and 2021), administration of the CPS ASEC has been negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, yielding lower response rates.1 In-person CPS interviews have resumed since September 2021, so restrictions placed on the ASEC 2021 were no longer in place in 2022. Data collection operations in 2022 were similar to pre-pandemic methods, except in geographic areas where there was high risk for exposure to the virus, but response rates have remained low.
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 September spotlight, which includes:
Stay tuned for our next By the Numbers feature for October.
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.