Note: Updated on 12/27/22. Changes are in bold.
The U.S. Census Bureau will release a brief on health insurance coverage and the rate of uninsured in the United States by race and Hispanic origin. The brief uses 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates to describe how health care coverage- whether people have health insurance as well as the type of coverage they hold- varies across groups. (Scheduled for release November 22.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a webinar on December 1 at 2 p.m. EST in advance of the December 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 to take place December 1.)
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 will be 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 December 8 by 10 a.m. EST.
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.)
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 on November 29.)
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 the Public Use File (PUF) and Codebook and the RHFS webpage for more information. (Scheduled for release in December.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release a new report, Home-Based Workers and the COVID-19 Pandemic, that describes trends in working from home during 2019 and 2021. The report uses data from the 2019 and 2021 American Community Survey one-year estimates to describe the sociodemographic, occupational and geographic patterns associated with working from home during the year before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to the first full year after the pandemic’s onset. (Scheduled for release in December.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release school enrollment data that examine the characteristics of people enrolled in school at all levels in 2021 using statistics from the Current Population Survey. The data tables detail enrollment from pre-school through college. (Scheduled for release in December.)
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 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.)
The U.S. Census Bureau will release version 5.0 of the Census Business Builder tool. The updated tool will feature a brand new look as it combines the Regional Analyst and Small Business editions into a single platform, feature new map and legend updates, and will feature the latest data available. More information on Census Business Builder is available online. (Scheduled for release December 5.)
The AWTS provides statistics about merchant wholesalers of durable and nondurable goods; manufacturers’ sales branches and offices; and wholesale electronic markets, agents and brokers. It produces estimates of sales, e-commerce sales, inventories, purchases and operating expenses. Estimates are published at the national level by 2-digit through 4-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Data are also released for NAICS 42343 Computer and Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software Merchant Wholesalers and NAICS 42345 Medical, Dental, and Hospital Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers. (Scheduled for Release December 14.)
This report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides national estimates of total annual sales, e-commerce sales, end-of-year inventories, purchases, total operating expenses and gross margins for retail businesses located in the United States. The Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS) sample covers employer businesses classified in the retail trade sector located in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. ARTS excludes data for businesses located in the U.S. territories. The data are published on a North American Industry Classification System basis and the estimates are used to benchmark the monthly retail sales and inventories estimates each spring. (Scheduled for release December 15.)
The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release data from the 2021 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES) highlighting the industries with the largest total capital expenditures for structures and equipment for companies with employees in 2021. Data are based on the 2017 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The ACES provides the only comprehensive estimates of annual U.S. capital expenditures data covering all domestic nonfarm businesses and detailing investments by type and industry. (Scheduled for release December 15.)
The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release data from the 2021 Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM). The 2021 ASM provides manufacturing statistics crucial to accurate estimates of domestic production and productivity and to making sound decisions on economic trade policies. Companies, business analysts and trade associations use these data in planning investments, production and marketing. These data are published annually, except in years ending in 2 and 7, when they are included in the manufacturing sector of the economic census. (Scheduled for release December 15.)
The U.S. Census Bureau is set to begin data collection for the 2022 Economic Census on January 31. Selected businesses across the nation will be invited to respond online using an improved adaptive collection instrument. The Economic Census is the U.S. government’s official 5-year measure of American businesses and the economy. It provides the most comprehensive data available at the national, state, and local level, representing all industries and geographies. More information about the 2022 Economic Census is available online. (Scheduled to begin January 31.)
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.
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 December 14 and will include November 2022 data.
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 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.
The U.S. Census Bureau recognized Geography Awareness Week November 14-18 by highlighting a special edition of Stats 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 were included.
November 9 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it’s co-hosting of the Web3 Hackathon 2.0 Technical Competition in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Blockchain Trade Association (PRBTA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - Blockchain Initiative and Puerto Rican nonprofit Evolving Space. Spanish
November 8 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced a change in associate director for Decennial Census Programs. Albert E. Fontenot Jr., who has held the position since October 2017, will be moving to a new role as executive senior advisor for Decennial Census Programs. Deborah Stempowski, currently assistant director for Decennial Census Programs, will be associate director for Decennial Census Programs.
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.
November 17 — The U. S. Census Bureau released 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 also highlighted the living arrangements of children.
November 17 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the Business Dynamics Statistics of U.S. High Tech Industries (BDS-High Tech) experimental data product. The BDS-High Tech provides annual measures of business dynamics for High Tech and non-High Tech industries, defined by Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupation intensity.
November 16 — 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.
November 15 — The U.S. Census Bureau released an update to the Business Dynamics Statistics of U.S. Goods Traders (BDS-Goods Traders) experimental data product to include data for 2020. The BDS-Goods Traders provides annual measures of business dynamics by four mutually exclusive goods-trading classifications: exporter only, importer only, exporter and importer, non-trader.
November 10 — The U.S. Census Bureau released detailed data tables from the 2021 Annual Business Survey (ABS) covering reference year 2020. Data 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 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.
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.
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.
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 November spotlight, which includes:
Stay tuned for our next By the Numbers feature for December.
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.