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Tip Sheet Number 26 -- December 23, 2016

Release Number TP16-26
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2016 and 2017 Product Calendar

The U.S. Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product scheduled for release in 2016 and 2017. 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

New 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Products Available

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the 2011-2015 Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files, 2011-2015 Variance Replicate Estimates, and the Spanish translation for the 2015 1-Year and 2011-2015 5-Year Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS) from the American Community Survey. (Scheduled for release Jan.19.)

Report on Rural Veterans

The report uses data from the recently released 2011-2015 American Community Survey to examine U.S. veterans, 18 years and older, living in areas designated as rural between 2011-2015. The report examines several characteristics of rural veterans, including income, health insurance and employment status. (Tentatively scheduled for release Jan. 24.)

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New Year’s Day Population

The Census Bureau will ring in the new year with its annual projection of the nation’s population for Jan. 1, 2017. The release will include birth, death and net international migration rates, as well as a projection of the world population. (Scheduled for release Dec. 28.)

American Housing Survey — Metro Areas

This release of statistics from the 2015 American Housing Survey will include summary tables for the 15 largest metropolitan areas and 10 additional metropolitan areas. The survey examines many housing characteristics, including: housing costs, remodeling and repair frequency, and reasons for moving, among many others. The American Housing Survey is sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. It is the most comprehensive housing survey in the nation. (Scheduled for release Jan. 5.)

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Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: Third Quarter 2016

This report provides national summary data 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. (Scheduled for release Dec. 29.)

Updates to Census Business Builder

The latest versions of Census Business Builder will be mobile-friendly and provide major updates along with new features to its popular suite of tools. (Tentatively scheduled for release Jan. 9.)

2012 Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners: U.S. Exporting Firms Tables

This release combines 2012 Survey of Business Owners (SBO) data with the 2012 Profile of U.S. Exporting Companies. This combined data product provides a look at the ownership characteristics (specifically, gender, ethnicity and race) of exporting companies. (Scheduled for release Jan. 4.)

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Facts for Features

Black History Month: February

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, the Census Bureau presents a collection of demographic and economic statistics about the black community. (Tentatively scheduled for release in January.)

Valentine’s Day: Feb. 14

To celebrate this holiday, the Census Bureau highlights a range of information including statistics on chocolates, flowers, jewelry and marriage. (Scheduled for release in January.)

Women’s History Month: March 2017

In commemoration of this annual observance highlighting and celebrating the varied and historic accomplishments of women, this edition provides statistical information on topics such as earnings, education, business ownership, voting, occupations, military service and marriage. (Scheduled for release in January.)

Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)

You may not find a pot of gold at the end of this edition of Facts for Features, but you will find it useful and informative nonetheless. It is filled with statistical information from the Census Bureau’s demographic and economic subject areas on the nation’s Irish-American population and other facets of this celebration of all things Irish. (Scheduled for release in January.)

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Training Opportunities

Census Bureau Offers Training Opportunities

Webinars are available on a regular basis 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.

Descriptions for each of the upcoming sessions are available on our educational resources page. No registration is needed to join a 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 annual reflections in “Old Acquaintance” (Dec. 30) and testing our metal in “Canning Proces” (Jan. 19).

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 Dec. 9, 2016)

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2010 Census

2010 Census Surnames

Dec. 15 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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. Internet address: <>.

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National, State and Puerto Rico Total Population and Voting Age Population

Dec. 20 —Internet tables and detailed downloadable files show July 1, 2016, population estimates for the nation, states and Puerto Rico, as well as corresponding annual estimates and components of change since the 2010 Census. Internet address: <>.

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates: 2015

Dec. 14 — Available for roughly 3,140 counties and nearly 14,000 school districts, these statistics represent the only current, single-year income and poverty statistics available for all counties and school districts. Data are provided on the total number of people, as well as the number of school-age children and children of all ages, in poverty. Internet address: <>.

Census Bureau Commemorates Indiana Bicentennial

Dec. 9 — To commemorate the 200th anniversary (Dec. 11, 1816) of “The Hoosier State,” the U.S. Census Bureau presents population counts for the state of Indiana from every census since 1820 in this graphic, as well as the latest population estimates. Internet address: <>.

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Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenues: Third Quarter 2016

Dec. 20 — This report provides quarterly estimates of state and local government tax revenue at a national level, as well as detailed tax revenue data for individual states. This report produces three tables: Tables 1 [XLS <1.0 MB] and 2 [XLS <1.0 MB] include income and sales data, and Table 3 [XLS <1.0 MB] provides tax collections by state. Internet address: <>.

2015 Annual Survey of Manufactures: General Statistics, Value of Product Shipments and 2015 Annual Survey of Manufactures

Dec. 16 — The 2015 Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) release includes general statistics, value of products shipments, industry-product analysis, and geographic area statistics for the years 2015 and 2014. The ASM provides data about manufacturing that are 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 this data in planning investments, production and marketing. Internet address: <>.

2015 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll

Dec. 16 — These statistics provide a comprehensive look at the employment of the nation’s state and local governments. It shows the number of government civilian employees and their gross payroll by governmental function. These governmental functions include, for example, elementary and secondary education, and police protection. Federal data for the 2015 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll will be released at a later date. Internet address: <>.

2014 Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances

Dec. 12 — 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. Internet address: <>.

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Facts for Features

Holiday Season

Dec. 1 — 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. 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 the launch of America’s paper chase in “May It Please The Court” (Dec. 10) and a Christmas classic in “A Dickersian Tale” (Dec. 16). Internet address: <>.

No Kids in the House: A Historical Look at Adults Living Without Children

Written by: Emily Schondelmyer, Social Economic Housing Statistics Division. Over the last 50 years, the percentage of adults living without children has climbed 19 percentage points from 52.5 percent in 1967 to 71.3 percent today based on an analysis of Current Population Survey data. In this blog, we highlight the historical changes among adults who do not have children in the home using data from CPS.

What’s in a Name

Despite the nation’s growing racial and ethnic diversity, the five most frequent American surnames in 2010 remained the same as in 2000 and were mainly reported by the white and black populations. Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown and Jones were the most common last names, according to a Census Bureau analysis of the 2010 Census.

Collaboration Is Key to Producing Timely School District Poverty Estimates

Written by: Carolyn Gann, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division. Many factors play a role in a child’s educational success, and it is the mission of the U.S. Department of Education to promote excellence in education and ensure equal access. To help achieve this goal, the Department of Education plans to provide over $15 billion in federal funds [PDF <1.0 MB] to qualifying Title I school districts for the next school year. These funds will improve the academic achievement of children living in poverty. To identify school districts with children in poverty, the Department of Education partners with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program. The SAIPE program produces the only source of single-year statistics of childhood poverty for the nation’s more than 13,000 public school districts.

Census Bureau Economists to Present at Upcoming Allied Social Science Association and American Economic Association Meeting

By Randy Becker, Center for Economic Studies. U.S. Census Bureau economists will present results from their research at the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) and American Economic Association (AEA) in Chicago Jan. 6-8, 2017. This meeting brings together more than 11,000 economists and scholars in related fields from around the world and showcases ongoing research in economics. Census Bureau economists will also serve as discussants of related papers in their fields of expertise, act as panelists and recruit doctoral candidates interested in careers at the Census Bureau.


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