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Tip Sheet Number 22 — November 4, 2022

Press Release Number TP22-22


2022 Product Calendar

The U.S. Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product scheduled for release in 2022. These products are listed in the U.S. Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which is updated as needed throughout the year.

Geography Awareness Week: November 14-18, 2022

The U.S. Census Bureau will recognize Geography Awareness Week November 14-18 by highlighting a special edition of Stas for Stories featuring key statistics from the Census Bureau’s Geography program, including interactive maps along with reference maps and files. Data from the American Community Survey, County Business Patterns, the Economic Census and the 2020 Census will be included. (Scheduled for release in November.) 

American Community Survey

Census Bureau to Host Webinar on Release of 2017-2021 American Community Survey Statistics

The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a webinar on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. EST in advance of the Dec. 8 release of the 2017-2021 American Community Survey 5-year statistics. The webinar will show participants how to access new data and online resources from the 2017-2021 release. Attendees will also learn about changes related to this release, and tips for comparing geographies and statistics over time. (Scheduled December 1.)

New Statistics From the American Community Survey to Be Embargoed

The U.S. Census Bureau will offer an embargo period for subscribers to view statistics from the 2017-2021 American Community Survey 5-year estimates, which cover more than 40 social, economic, housing and demographic topics, such as homeownership rates and costs, health insurance and educational attainment. Embargo subscribers will have access to these statistics from Tuesday, December 6, at 10 a.m. EST, to December 8, at 12:01 a.m. EST at which time the embargo is lifted and members of the media will be able to post their stories. The data will be publicly available on data.census.gov for all data users on December 8 by 10 a.m. EST.


Census Bureau To Release New Estimates on America’s Families and Living Arrangements

The U. S. Census Bureau will release its annual America’s Families and Living Arrangements table package, providing new estimates on the changing trends in the number of adults living with a spouse or unmarried partner. The release will also highlight the living arrangements of children. (Scheduled for release November 17.)

2021 Rental Housing Finance Survey

The U. S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will release the 2021 Rental Housing Finance Survey (RHFS) summary tables in the RHFS Table Creator on census.gov. The RHFS Table Creator is an interactive data tool that allows users to create custom tables of financial, mortgage and property characteristics of single-family and multifamily residential properties for rent in the United States. Data available include property, residential structure(s), mortgage characteristics, ownership status, commercial use of space, benefits received and more. Visit data for the latest RHFS data or Rental Housing Finance Survey for more information about the survey. (Scheduled for release November 29.)

Which States Have the Most Vacant Housing Units?

The U.S. Census Bureau will release a report showing the housing market tightened significantly between 2009 and 2021, absorbing much of the excess vacancy created by the foreclosure crisis in 2009. The report, which uses the Current Population Survey’s Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS) supplement, also describes the variations across states in vacancy rates. These include Gross Vacancy Rate for all vacant housing units, including second and seasonal units; Rental Vacancy Rate for housing units vacant for rent; and Homeowner Vacancy Rate for owner housing vacant unit for sale only. (Scheduled for release November 29.)

School Pulse Panel

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.

Household Pulse Survey

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 September 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.)


2021 Annual Business Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau will release detailed data tables from the 2021 Annual Business Survey (ABS) covering reference year 2020. Data will include estimates on the number of firms, receipts, payroll and employment by sector, sex, ethnicity, race and veteran status. Tables show data on various owner and business characteristics at the national, state and MSA geographic levels. Data will also include the new urban and rural classification of firms. Previously, first-look estimates for the 2021 ABS were published via an infographic available at census.gov. 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. Additional data on research and development and innovation will be released by NCSES in the near future. (Scheduled for release November 10.)

First Quarterly Workforce Indicators for Puerto Rico Provide Demographic Portrait of Island’s Employment Trends

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 presents, “Puerto Rico Employment Trends after Hurricane Maria: Evidence from the New Puerto Rico QWI.” In late September, the U.S. Census Bureau released the first Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) for Puerto Rico, providing rich demographic profiles of the island’s employment. Findings show the youngest and oldest workers drove Puerto Rico’s employment recovery after Hurricane Maria devastated the island five years ago. This research looks at the recovery through 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic affected employment across the nation.  (Scheduled for November 16.) 

2021 Service Annual Survey Data

The U.S. Census Bureau will release new data tables from the 2021 Service Annual Survey (SAS). The SAS provides statistics on revenue, payroll, sources of revenue, expenses, exports, inventory, revenue from electronic sources and other selected industry-specific data for service industries. The data are accompanied by supporting materials, including a data visualization that provides revenue statistics for all sectors covered by the Service Annual Survey. (Scheduled for release November 22.)

Business Trends and Outlook Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau 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 are representative of all single-location employer businesses in the U.S. economy, excluding farms. The data will allow greater insight into the state of the economy by providing continuous, timely data for key economic measures. The first data were released October 13 and will continue to be released biweekly and available by sector, state and the 25 most populous metropolitan statistical areas.

Monthly Business Formation Statistics

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 November 10 and will include October 2022 data. 

Facts for Features

The 2022 Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time to celebrate, reflect, exchange gifts and give thanks. To commemorate this time of year, the U.S. Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures from its vast collection of statistics. (Scheduled for release in November.)

Stats for Stories

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.

  • Poland Independence Day (1918): November 11, 2022 
  • National Family Week: November 20-26, 2022 
  • Black Friday: November 25, 2022 
  • Native American Heritage Day: November 25, 2022 
  • Small Business Saturday: November 26, 2022 
  • Cyber Monday: November 28, 2022 
  • National Miners Day: December 6, 2022 
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (1941): December 7, 2022 
  • Delaware 235th Anniversary of Statehood (1787): December 7, 2022 
  • Mississippi 205th Anniversary of Statehood (1817): December 10, 2022 
  • Pennsylvania 235th Anniversary of Statehood (1787): December 12, 2022 
  • Bill of Rights Day (1791): December 15, 2022 
  • Virginia 245th Anniversary Ratify Articles of Confederation (1777): December 16, 2022 
  • Wright Brothers Day (1903): December 17, 2022 
  • New Jersey 235th Anniversary of Statehood (1787): December 18, 2022 
  • National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day (1st Day Winter): December 21, 2022 

Recently Released

(Released since October 21, 2022)

National Advisory Committee 2022 Fall Meeting

The U.S. Census Bureau hosted the National Advisory Committee Fall Meeting October 27-28. The Committee address policy, research and technical issues relating to a full range of Census Bureau programs and activities, including the decennial census, demographic and economic statistical programs, field operations and information technology. For more information visit <www.census.gov/about/cac/nac/meetings/2022-10-meeting.html>.

2020 Census

Census Bureau Shares Details on 2030 Census Preparations and Encourages Additional Public Input

November 1 — The U.S. Census Bureau released a prerecorded presentation today explaining how it is preparing for the 2030 Census, including research that is underway, the planning timeline and details on how the public can provide input on the design and planning of the next census.

Census Bureau Releases Map Illustrating 2020 Census Operational Quality Metrics for Counties and Tracts

October 31 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2020 Census Quality Metrics Viewer. This map provides a visual tool for exploring the recently released operational quality metrics for counties and census tracts. The metrics show how the 2020 Census collected data within the counties and census tracts and can provide insight on the quality of the census.

Tribal Consultation in Sacramento, CA on Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A and B (Detailed DHC-A and Detailed DHC-B)

October 31 — The U.S. Census Bureau held an in-person Tribal Consultation for tribal leaders, their designated tribal representatives and/or proxies on the content and design of the Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A (Detailed DHC-A) and Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File B (Detailed DHC-B) Monday, October 31, 8:30-10 a.m. PST, at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento, CA. The Detailed DHC-A provided population counts and sex by age statistics for detailed American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages, and the Detailed DHC-B will provide household type and tenure information for detailed American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages. These data were previously included in the 2010 American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File (AIANSF).

2020 Census Evaluations and Experiments (EAE)

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.


Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economical Supplement Now Available by Sex for Race, Hispanic Origin and Foreign-Born Populations

October 31 — The U.S. Census Bureau released new tables from the 2020 and 2021 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement. These tables provide information on marital status, educational attainment, employment status, occupation, earnings and other social and economic statistics by age, sex and Hispanic origin, and for the Asian alone, Asian alone-or-in-combination, Black alone, Black alone-or-in-combination, older and foreign-born populations. For the first time these products will also contain information on coupled households, including estimates on same-sex and opposite-sex married and unmarried partner households for these populations.

Facts for Features

Veterans Day 2022: November 11

October 26 — On this day, the nation honors military veterans with parades and other observances across the country and a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Among related Census Bureau statistics available: the number of veterans in the country, their racial and ethnic backgrounds, and the number who vote.

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November 2022

October 11 — To commemorate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, the Census Bureau has compiled a list of statistics about the American Indian and Alaska Native population.

Halloween: Oct. 31

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: Stories Behind the Numbers

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



By the NumbersJoin 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 November spotlight, which includes:     

Stay tuned for our next By the Numbers feature for December.  


Emergency Management/Disaster Resources

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.

Learn What Surveys Are Being Conducted in Your Community

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:

Data Tools

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.

  • Explore Census Data — This new platform on data.census.gov is based on overwhelming feedback to streamline the way you get data and digital content from Census Bureau.
  • Migration Patterns: Young Adult Migration — Use this resource to discover where people in your hometown moved as young adults.
  • Opportunity Atlas — Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty?

Training Opportunities

Census Bureau Training Opportunities

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.

Archived Training Resources

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.



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