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Tip Sheet Number 3 — March 1, 2019

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Upcoming

2019 Product Calendar

The U.S. Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product scheduled for release in 2019. These products are listed in the Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which is updated as needed throughout the year.

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2020 Census

Save the Date: Census Bureau to Host 2020 Census News Conference

One year out from Census Day 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will host a 2020 Census news conference on April 1, 2019. Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham will brief the public on the status of operations and what they can do to help ensure a complete and accurate count in their community. In addition, the Census Bureau will unveil the 2020 Census communications campaign tagline. (Tentatively scheduled for release April 1.)

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American Community Survey

2012-2016 Older Population in Rural America

This report uses 2012-2016 American Community Survey five-year estimates to study the population 65 years old and over in rural America relative to their urban counterparts. This research looks at the demographic (sex, age, race and Hispanic origin), social (living arrangements, marital status, educational attainment and disability status), economic (employment status, income, poverty status and health insurance), and geographic characteristics of older Americans. (Tentatively scheduled for release March 24.)

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Demographic

County, Puerto Rico Municipio, and Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Population Estimates: July 1, 2018

Internet tables and detailed downloadable files will show annual population estimates, rankings and components of change for County, Puerto Rico Municipio, Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area since the 2010 Census. (Updated Release Schedule for embargo starting April 16 for public release on April 18.)

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Economic

2017 Annual Wholesale Trade Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau will release Annual Wholesale Trade Survey data for 2017. Data are released at the national level for agents, brokers and merchant wholesalers. Topics include sales, inventories, e-commerce, operating expenses, purchases and commissions. This year’s release also includes detailed operating expenses and sales tax data collected and released every five years. (Tentatively scheduled for release March 6.)


Statistics of U. S. Businesses (Table 6)

These data include number of establishments and corresponding employment change for births, deaths, expansions and contractions from 2015 to 2016. The data are presented by state, industry and enterprise employment size. (Tentatively scheduled for release March 15.)

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Facts for Features

Women’s History Month: March 2019

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 March 5.)


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

You’ll find informative data worth its weight in gold on Irish-Americans in this edition of Facts for Features. It includes 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 March 5.)


Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: May 2019

This monthlong observance of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders started more than 25 years ago. We celebrate their growing contributions to our nation with a host of statistical information on this group. Statistics are included for the Asian as well as the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander populations covering demographics and businesses. (Tentatively scheduled for release March 14.)

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Profile America’s Stats for Stories

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

  • Sunshine Week: March 10-16
  • Potato Chip Day: March 14
  • Pi Day: March 14
  • Biodiesel Day: March 18
  • Poultry Day: March 19
  • Certified Nurses Day: March 19
  • Single Parent Day: March 21
  • MLB Opening Day 2019 Season: March 28
  • Mom and Pop Business Owners Day: March 29
  • National Doctors Day: March 30

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Multimedia

Radio

Upcoming segments include shells a-poppin’ in “National Peanut Month” (March 12), and the case for erase in “Rubbed Out” (March 30).

The daily features are available at www.census.gov/library/audio.html, with download options for MP3 and .wav files or zip files for the entire month.

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Recently Released

(Released since Feb. 15, 2019)


Census Bureau Unveils New Data Tools and Apps at Technology Demo Day

Feb. 20 — The U.S. Census Bureau will host technology industry and university teams to showcase 20+ new innovative tech tools at an interagency demonstration day created through a federal initiative called The Opportunity Project (TOP). These new tools address challenges such as using artificial intelligence to connect veterans with apprenticeships, promoting access to and interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), using geospatial data to prepare for disasters, combating the opioid crisis, and improving access to and management of federal grants.

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2020 Census

2020 Type of Enumeration Area Viewer Released

Feb. 28 — The U.S. Census Bureau has released the 2020 Type of Enumeration Area (TEA) Viewer. The TEA Viewer is an interactive map application that shows how different geographic areas will be invited to respond to the 2020 Census.

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Demographic

Census Bureau Releases Technical Notes on Select Topics in International Censuses

Feb. 26 — The U.S. Census Bureau is releasing a series of technical notes on Select Topics in International Censuses. Each note highlights a new subject, method or operation relevant to census planners in middle- to low-income countries. New topics include: Measuring Fertility, Measuring Migration and Integrated Data Collection.

 

Number of Master and Doctoral Degrees Doubles Among Population

Feb. 21 — In the last two decades, the number of people with master’s and doctoral degrees has doubled. Since 2000, the number of people age 25 and over whose highest degree was a master’s has doubled to 21 million, and the number of doctoral degree holders has more than doubled to 4.5 million. In 2000, one-third of people with at least a bachelor’s degree had completed an advanced degree. By 2018, that proportion had grown to 37 percent.

 

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2018

Feb. 19 — This report and table package provides Current Population Survey statistics on educational attainment by demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, race and Hispanic origin. It also includes detailed information, including charts and graphs on years of school completed and shows the level of education adults have completed.

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Economic

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Revised Economic Indicator Calendar

Feb. 28 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced updates to the 2019 economic indicator release schedule in coordination with other agencies and the Office of Management and Budget.

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Facts for Features

National African-American History Month: February

Feb. 26 — 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.

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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 population. New stories include:

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Multimedia

Radio

Profile America segments include our northern neighbor in “Oh, Canada” (Feb. 18) and early immigration in “Settling the Czech” (Feb. 25). Internet address:  www.census.gov/library/audio/profile-america.html.

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Blogs

2020 Census Program Management Review Update

Written by: Albert E. Fontenot Jr. — Feb. 25 — We recently held our final quarterly 2020 Census Program Management Review (PMR) at the U.S. Census Bureau, where we had the chance to update the public and our stakeholders on the progress of the 2020 Census. During the event, Dr. Steven Dillingham, the newly confirmed director of the Census Bureau, was introduced. Additionally, Census Bureau staff presented Version 4 of the 2020 Census Operations plan and shared updates on the Type of Enumeration Areas (TEAs); address canvassing efforts; our successful 2020 worker recruitment; the results of the 2020 Census Barriers, Attitudes and Motivators Study (CBAMS); and several other critical decennial census activities. Although this is our last planned PMR, the Census Bureau will be providing periodic 2020 Census operational updates and press briefings moving forward, led by Director Dr. Steven Dillingham.


Roses and Chocolates and Bears, Oh My!

Written by: Michael Simmons, Trade Outreach Branch — Feb. 25 — From flowers, to confectionary products, to stuffed animals and more, consumers spent millions of dollars worldwide to celebrate Valentine’s Day, making it one of the largest retail shopping days of the year. In the United States, Valentine’s Day continues to have mass appeal among consumers and retailers alike. Let’s take a look to see which of your favorite Valentine’s Day gifts was imported the most.


Fresh Uses for the Management and Organizational Practices Survey Instrument

Written by: Scott Ohlmacher, Economist — Feb. 22 — The U.S. Census Bureau develops instruments to collect information of use to many stakeholders, including businesses. In this blog, I highlight novel uses of the Management and Organizational Practices Survey (MOPS) collection instrument to evaluate business performance including measuring behavior at a single business, and a tool that can be used by businesses to benchmark their own behavior.


Using GIS Technology in the 2020 Census

Written by: Dr. Ron Jarmin, Deputy Director — Feb. 21 — Geography is one of the cornerstones of every census and survey the U.S. Census Bureau conducts, providing the framework for statistics, survey design, sample selection, data collection, tabulation and dissemination. Over the last few years, the geography team at the Census Bureau has created and managed an advance and highly detailed national geospatial database with addresses; locations of housing units; all of the legal, statistical and administrative boundaries for the nation; and a digital representation of all the roads in the country with their associated names. We recently attended the Esri Federal GIS Conference where we presented some of these cutting-edge tools.


Census Bureau Adopts Cutting Edge Privacy Protections for 2020 Census

Written by: Dr. Ron Jarmin, Deputy Director — Feb. 15 — The Census Bureau takes seriously its legal and professional obligation to safeguard the information it gathers from the public. For this reason, we are modernizing and strengthening how we protect privacy in the statistics we release starting with the 2020 Census. We are deploying differential privacy, the gold standard for privacy protection in computer science and cryptography, to preserve confidentiality in the 2020 Census and beyond. Differential privacy was developed by researchers at Microsoft and is now utilized by many leading tech firms. There are many variants of differential privacy. The one selected for the 2020 Census introduces controlled noise into the data in a manner that preserves the accuracy at higher levels of geography.

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Resources

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:

Data Tools

See below for a few of the Census Bureau’s interactive applications to access statistics from our 130-plus annual surveys. Click here for a complete list.

Industry Snapshots

These interactive pages present key statistics from the Economic Census with per capita ratios using data from Population Estimates for a selected industry.

Local Employment Dynamics

This partnership offers a variety of data tools.

U.S. and World Population Clock

See U.S. population by date, region, age and sex, and the top 10 areas by people and density. The world view has basic facts, trade and projections by country.

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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, show how to use Census Bureau 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.

There are no courses offered at this time.


Archived Training Resources

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


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