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2016 Product Calendar

The U.S. Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product scheduled for release in 2016. These products are listed in the Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which is updated as needed throughout the year.

Learn What Surveys Are Being Conducted in Your Community

See which of our 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. See surveys currently being conducted in each Census Bureau region:

Los Angeles
New York
All Surveys

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American Community Survey

2015 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample

The Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files for the 2015 American Community Survey 1-year dataset allow users to create their own tabulations. The files contain data on approximately 1 percent of the United States population while protecting the confidentiality of survey respondents.

The files show population and housing characteristics down to Public Use Microdata Areas, which are special nonoverlapping areas that partition each state into contiguous geographic units containing no fewer than 100,000 people each. Users can create tabulations through their own software or through the Census Bureau tool DataFerrett. (Scheduled for release Oct. 20.)

2015 Supplemental Estimates

The 2015 Supplemental Estimates Tables consist of 58 detailed tables for geographies with populations of 20,000 or more. These supplemental estimates will be available through American FactFinder and the Census Bureau’s application programming interface. The estimates are available for the same geographic summary levels as those in the American Community Survey 1-year dataset. (Scheduled for release Oct. 20.)

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School Enrollment in the United States: 2014

These tables provide information by age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, family income, type of college, employment status, nativity, foreign-born parentage, attendance status (full or part time), type of school (public or private), and vocational course enrollment. They also delve into topics such as nursery school and kindergarten enrollment, the likelihood of being enrolled in a grade appropriate for their age and the percentage of young adults enrolled in college. Historical tables will also be  provided. (Scheduled for release Oct. 19.)

2015 American Housing Survey

Microdata and tables from the American Housing Survey provide a comprehensive look at a variety of housing statistics for the nation. Every odd-numbered year, data are collected to provide national and selected metropolitan area statistics. Statistics are released jointly by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. (Scheduled for release Oct. 25.)

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Facts for Features

Halloween: Oct. 31

Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has today 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 October.)

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)

To commemorate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month the Census Bureau has compiled a list of statistics pertaining to the American Indian and Alaska Native population. (Scheduled for release in October.)

Veterans Day (Nov. 11)

Parades and speeches across the country, as well as a national ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, highlight this federal holiday. Some of the statistics from this day include the number of veterans in the country, their racial and ethnic backgrounds, and the number who vote. (Tentatively scheduled for release in October.)

Holiday Season

This festive season, or simply the holidays, is a time for gathering and celebrating with family and friends, gift giving, reflection and thanks. To commemorate this time of year, the Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures from its collection of statistics. (Tentatively scheduled for release in October.)

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Training Opportunities

Census Bureau Offers Training Opportunities

Webinars are available to help the public access and use Census Bureau statistics. These free sessions, lasting 60 to 90 minutes, show how to use census databases and mapping tools and how to find demographic and economic statistics at a local or national level. They also provide quick links for answers to frequently asked questions about accessing statistics.

The following courses are offered:

Descriptions for each of the upcoming sessions are available on our educational resources page. No registration is needed to join the webinar. Login details will be provided one week before a webinar.

Archived Training Resources

Visit the Census Bureau’s Training Resources Library for previously recorded trainings that are free and available for use at your convenience. The library includes presentations, recorded webinars, tutorials and other helpful materials.

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Profile America segments include smiling wide in “American Cheese Month” (Oct. 20) and a look at sweet treats in “Halloween” (Oct. 31).

The daily features are available at <>, with download options for MP3 (including podcast subscription) and WAV or zip files for the entire month.

Census Business Builder

The Census Business Builder is a suite of services that provides selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format. The suite will continuously be updated with new versions. Currently, the Regional Analyst and the Small Business editions are available.

Challenge Your Knowledge of State Statistics With Census PoP Quiz

This mobile app from the Census Bureau challenges a user’s knowledge of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Census PoP Quiz is available for download to Android and Apple devices. Internet address: <>.

Find Your Ideal Place With the Census Bureau’s dwellr App

A Census Bureau mobile app named “dwellr” can help people on-the-go access key demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics for thousands of places across the nation. Users can also learn more about where they are by a simple tap of the screen that reveals educational levels, housing values and total population drawn from the American Community Survey. Internet address: <>.

Stay Connected With the America’s Economy Mobile App

Every week, the Department of Commerce releases key Census Bureau economic indicators. Get the latest business news on the go as it is released through the Census Bureau’s free, easy-to-use mobile app, America’s Economy, available for download for both Apple and Android phones and tablets. The app provides real-time updates for 20 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Internet address: <>.

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Recently Released

(Released since Sept. 30, 2016)

Census Bureau Partners With Local Officials to Showcase Data on Puerto Rico

Oct. 6 — The public and members of the media are invited to learn how to use and access U.S. Census Bureau statistics to make informed decisions about their communities. ¡Puerto Rico Cuenta! (Puerto Rico Counts!) is a one-day conference about data usage that will take place Oct. 14, 2016, in partnership with the Instituto de Estadísticas de Puerto Rico and Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. This event will include a series of data workshops focusing on data for public and private sectors, organizations, academia and the public.
Internet address: <>.

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National Academy of Sciences Poverty Tables

Oct. 13 — These tables provide alternate poverty thresholds and estimates based on the recommendations of the 1995 National Academies of Sciences report. These research files enable researchers to replicate these estimates. Internet address: <>.

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Manufacturing Day (Oct. 7)

Oct. 5 — In recognition of this observance celebrating the importance of the manufacturing sector to the nation’s economy, the Census Bureau will provide links to a series of relevant datasets and resources on U.S. manufacturers. Internet address: <>.

Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: Second Quarter 2016

Sept. 30 — This report provides national summary data [PDF] on the revenues, expenditures and composition of assets of the largest defined benefit public employee pension systems for state and local governments. This report produces three tables: Tables 1 and 3 include data on cash and security holdings and Table 2 provides data on earnings on investments, contributions and payments. Internet address: <>.

Statistics of U.S. Businesses

Sept. 30 — These data for 2014 include single-year estimates of the number of firms, number of establishments, employment and annual payroll. Data are presented by state, industry and enterprise employment size. The 2012-2013 Statistics of U.S. Businesses: Employment Change tables are also being released and include number of establishments and corresponding employment change for births, deaths, expansions and contractions between 2012 and 2013. The data are tabulated by geographic area, industry and enterprise employment size. Internet address: <>.

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Facts for Features

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

July 28 — 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 Latino population. Internet address: <>.

Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 4 — This release highlights a wide range of statistics pertaining to the traditional gatherings that take place on this national day of giving thanks. Internet address: <>.

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Profile America’s Stats for Stories

These stories provide links to timely newsworthy statistics on that relate to observances, holidays, anniversaries and current events not covered by Facts for Features.


Profile America segments included gagging on the gridiron in “No Contest” (Oct. 7) and dialing on the go in “Birth of Cell Phones” (Oct. 13). Internet address: <>.

Showcasing American Manufacturing With U.S. Census Bureau Data

Written by: John H. Thompson: Today is Manufacturing Day, a nationwide observance of the businesses and workers that manufacture everything from textiles to machinery to food. It’s also an opportunity to showcase an important sector of the U.S. economy. Manufacturers are America’s fourth-largest employer — with 11.4 million employees across the nation and an annual payroll of $639.9 billion — and produce trillions of dollars in shipments annually.

Providing Information for Emergency Preparedness as Hurricane Matthew Approaches

Written by John H. Thompson: The U.S. Census Bureau’s OnTheMap for Emergency Management tool provides federal, state and local emergency management officials access to statistics about communities in the storm’s path.

Research on Plant Dynamics in the Manufacturing Sector

By Lucia Foster and Scott Ohlmacher, Center for Economic Studies: Why do some manufacturing plants grow and thrive while others falter? Economists using U.S. Census Bureau plant-level microdata have approached this complex question from at least three different angles. First, they looked at microeconomic patterns at the plant level. Second, they examined the growth, survival and exit of manufacturing plants throughout the business cycle. Finally, they documented the long-term, secular trends in manufacturing.

How Does the Manufacturing Industry Contribute to International Trade?

Written by: Steven Finkelstein, International Trade Macro Analysis Branch: Manufacturing Day is almost here! This is the time to celebrate manufacturing in all facets of society. In particular, let’s zoom in on international trade and how the manufacturing industry impacts goods that flow in and out of the United States. When it comes to trade in manufactured goods, the U.S. Census Bureau provides a wealth of resources.

Industry Classifications Reflect Changing Economy

By Robert Bernstein, Economy-Wide Statistics Division: The U.S. Census Bureau’s economic census has been the official measure of our nation’s businesses and economy since 1810. The economy changes over time. Recorded music was once primarily on vinyl records. Soon there were 8-track tapes. Those were replaced by cassette tapes and eventually CDs and then downloads. Typewriters were replaced by computer printers and tablets.

New Data Shows Poverty Rates Lower in 23 States in 2015: An Examination of Changes Across Economic Characteristics and Metropolitan Statistical Areas

By Brian Glassman, Poverty Statistics Branch: The official poverty rate for the United States declined in 2015 to 13.5 percent from a rate of 14.8 percent in 2014. However, this decrease in poverty was not uniform across states or Metropolitan Statistical Areas when looking at data from the American Community Survey — another key data source for examining poverty at state and local levels. In fact, poverty rates decreased in 23 states and did not increase in any state in 2015. However, poverty rates in 27 states and Washington, D.C., were statistically unchanged.

Made in the USA and Measured by the Census Bureau

Written by: Robert Bernstein, International Trade Management Division: For more than 200 years — since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in America — the U.S. Census Bureau has described the state of America’s manufacturing. It all began as part of the 1810 Census, when U.S. Marshals collecting the population data also asked the first questions on manufacturing establishments. U.S. manufacturing has changed since then, when the landscape was dotted with textile mills. Later this week, the nation will celebrate this evolution with its annual observance of Manufacturing Day, when manufacturers across the country open their doors to showcase their modern manufacturing to America to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

The Goods and Services Deficit Increased to $40.7 billion in August 2016

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $40.7 billion in August, up $1.2 billion from $39.5 billion in July, revised. August exports were $187.9 billion, $1.5 billion more than July exports. August imports were $228.6 billion, $2.6 billion more than July imports.


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News releases, reports, statistical tables and radio transcripts are available on the Public Information Office’s Web page at <>. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office at 301-763-3030; or email <>.

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