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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 our130-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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2010 Census

2010 Census Surnames

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the country’s 1,000 most common surnames by race and Hispanic origin and those that occurred 100 or more times in the 2010 Census. Visit the Census Bureau’s Genealogy page to see frequently occurring surnames from previous censuses. (Tentatively scheduled for release in November.)

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American Community Survey

2011-2015 American Community Survey Statistics

The American Community Survey five-year statistics, based on data collected from 2011 to 2015, cover all geographic areas regardless of size, down to the block-group level. The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about people and housing for every community in the nation. The survey is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40 topics it covers. It produces statistics for language, education, commuting, employment, mortgage status and rent, as well as income, poverty and health insurance. (Scheduled for public release Dec. 8; embargo subscribers can view the statistics beginning Dec. 6.)

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Updates to 2016 Historical Migration Tables and Migration Flow Products

Historical tables, figures and a collection of national- and regional-level detailed tables on geographical mobility from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement will be available. The Census Flows Mapper and migration flows Application Program Interface files will also be updated to include social and housing statistics from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. In addition, state-to-state migration and state of current residence by place of birth tables from the 2015 American Community Survey will be released. (Scheduled for release Nov. 15.)

America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2016

The latest families and living arrangements table package provides statistics on families, children, unmarried and married couples, and nonfamily households. These statistics come from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement. The Current Population Survey has been conducted for more than 60 years. (Scheduled for release Nov. 17.)

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. Data are collected every odd-numbered year and provide national statistics. Statistics are released jointly by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Data for selected metropolitan areas are scheduled be released later this year. (Scheduled for release Nov. 17.)

Characteristics of the U.S. Population by Generation

This first-ever report titled “Characteristics of the U.S. Population by Generational Status: 2013” examines differences among the foreign-born or “first generation,” the second generation (native-born children of at least one foreign-born parent) and the third-and-higher generation (native-born children of two native-born parents) using statistics from the Current Population Survey. (Scheduled for release Nov. 29.)

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2014 Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances

Shows revenues, expenditures, debt, and cash and security holdings by level of government. Level of government includes state, local, and state and local combined. The statistics are organized by state. (Scheduled for release Nov. 18.)

2015 Service Annual Survey

This annual business survey provides the most comprehensive national statistics available on service activity in the United States. Sectors include transportation and warehousing; finance and insurance; educational services; and arts, entertainment and recreation, to name a few. The statistics show operating revenue and expenses for both taxable and tax-exempt firms and organizations, sources of revenue and expenses by type for selected industries, and selected industry-specific items. The survey also provides e-commerce revenue for all industries and export revenue and inventory data for selected industries. (Scheduled for release Nov. 22.)

2014 Statistics of U.S. Businesses

This release includes single-year estimates of the number of firms, number of establishments, employment and annual payroll. Statistics are presented by Metropolitan Statistical Area, county and Legal Form of Organization. (Scheduled for release Dec. 1.)

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Facts for Features

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 holiday-related statistics. (Tentatively scheduled for release in November.)

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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:

  • Measuring America: An Overview of Black or African Americans Statistics (Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2-3 p.m. EST).
    Login Link:      
    Dial-in Info:
    1-888-989-4508. Passcode: 5537030.
  • Measuring America Series — Accessing International Data (Thursday, Dec. 1, 2-3 p.m. EST).
  • Measuring America Series — Accessing Family Living Arrangements Statistics (Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2-3 p.m. EST).

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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Census Bureau History Home Page (Nov. 1)

Nov. 12, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of astronomer, mathematician and author Percival L. Lowell. In 1894, Lowell established his namesake observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz., where he dedicated himself to studying our solar system. Visit the Census Bureau’s history website <> to learn more about Percival Lowell and the worlds he explored using data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal agencies.


Profile America segments include paying as you go in “Tolls for Thee” (November 19) and raising a glass to “Prohibition Ends” (Dec. 5).

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 statistics 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 Oct. 28, 2016)

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Facts for Features

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)

Nov. 2 — 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. Internet address: <>.

Veterans Day (Nov. 11)

Oct. 25 — 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. 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 fussing over felines in “National Cat Day” (Oct. 29) and cursing the darkness “Lights Out” (Nov. 9). Internet address: <>.

Women Responsible for the Increasing Number of “Vetrepreneurs”

Written by: Robert Bernstein, International Trade Management Division: After serving their country, millions of military veterans contribute to the nation in another, important way: as entrepreneurs. Between 2007 and 2012, the ranks of veteran-owned businesses rose by 74,074, or 3.0 percent, to reach 2.5 million.

Who Are Veterans?

Written by: Kelly Ann Holder, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division: The U.S. veteran population totals 19 million men and women living in the United States and Puerto Rico who have served on active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard. These veterans served for different lengths of time and during different wartime and peacetime periods. They entered the military at different ages and came from different backgrounds. Some were drafted, while others volunteered.

Tips on Setting Up an Account in the Automated Commercial Environment

Written by Erwin (Randy) Parson: This blog provides a few tips to address some common questions and issues for those who set-up exporter accounts in ACE on behalf of a client, authorized agents and freight forwarder roles, as well as with existing ACE importer accounts. Exporter accounts and the AESDirect filing system now reside in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

The Goods and Services Deficit Decreased to $36.4 billion in September 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 $36.4 billion in September, down $4.0 billion from $40.5 billion in August, revised. September exports were $189.2 billion, $1.0 billion more than August exports. September imports were $225.6 billion, $3.0 billion less than August imports.


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