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Tip Sheet Number 4 — March 15, 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.

2018 Test Prototype Public Law File

The 2018 Census Test prototype Public Law 94-171 data file is scheduled for distribution to the states. This data file will allow them to develop their redistricting systems, import their administrative records (voter registration records, voter turnout records), and develop their Geographic Information System (GIS) software so that redistricting can be initiated upon receipt of the official 2020 Census P.L. 94-171 data and TIGER® shape files. (Tentatively scheduled for release March 28.)

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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 2020 Census operations and talk about what the public can do to help ensure a complete and accurate count in their community. The Census Bureau unveiled the 2020 Census communications campaign tagline on March 4. (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 25.)

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Demographic

Women’s and Men’s Earnings by Occupation

The U.S. Census Bureau releases a graphic showing median earnings by detailed occupation from the 2017 American Community Survey. The occupation table shows the female earnings for full-time, year-round workers in the past 12 months and figures on the number of women in select occupations. (Tentatively scheduled for release March 20.)

Survey of Income and Program Participation

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release data from the third wave of the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). The SIPP is the Census Bureau’s premier survey for measuring the dynamics of income, employment, health insurance and participation in government transfer programs. Accompanying the data release are a number of supporting materials to assist data users, such as metadata and a codebook, as well as briefs that illustrate important demographic, program and wealth measures. The Census Bureau will release additional briefs highlighting other relevant topics throughout 2019.

SIPP is a longitudinal survey that involves repeated observations of the same people over a four-year period. It allows researchers to understand how income level and participation in assistance programs change over time. (Scheduled for release March 22.)

Housing Vacancies and Homeownership: Annual Statistics 2018

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the annual statistics for the 2018 vacancy rates, homeownership rates for the United States, regions, states and the 75 largest metropolitan statistical areas. Also included are the characteristics of units available for occupancy for the United States. These statistics come from the Current Population Survey/Housing Vacancy Survey. For more information, please see the Housing Vacancies and Homeownership page. (Scheduled for release April 4.)

Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE)

The estimates show the number of people with and without health insurance coverage for all states and each of the nation’s roughly 3,141 counties. The statistics are provided by selected age groups, sex, race and Hispanic origin (state only), and at income-to-poverty levels that reflect the federal poverty thresholds for state and federal assistance programs. The SAHIE program is the only source of single-year health insurance estimates for every county in the United States. (Scheduled for release April 9.)

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 Retail Trade Survey

This report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides national estimates of total annual sales, e-commerce sales, end-of-year inventories, purchases, total and detailed operating expenses, gross margins and end-of-year accounts receivable for retail businesses located in the United States. The Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS) sample covers employer businesses classified in 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 April 11.)

2017 Individual State Descriptions Report

The Individual State Descriptions Report, scheduled for release April 25, is a product from the 2017 Census of Governments. This report provides information about the legal organization of state and local governments. There is a separate summary for each state and the District of Columbia. Summaries cover authorized county, municipal, township, school district and special district governments, as well as noteworthy state and local dependent governments.

2017 Census of Governments: Organization

The U.S. Census Bureau plans to release the official count of state and local governments for the 2017 Census of Governments on April 25. Data in the Organization component reflect an enumeration of active, in-scope governments in the United States. Counts are presented by government type, state, population-size groups, function and school systems.

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Facts for Features

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 21.)

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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.

  • MLB Opening Day 2019 Season: March 28
  • Census Day: April 1
  • Equal Pay Day: April 2
  • NCAA 2019 Men's & Women's Basketball Final Four: April 5-8
  • National Beer Day: April 7
  • National Volunteer Week: April 7-13
  • National Library Week: April 7-13 (new this year)
  • National Pet Day: April 11

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Multimedia

Radio

Upcoming segments include the tale of the grape in “American Wines” (March 24), and close is not good enough in “Brews Control” (April 7).

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 March 1, 2019)

U.S. Census Bureau Statement on Data Sharing Agreements

March 7 — The U.S. Census Bureau routinely enters into agreements to receive administrative records from many agencies, including our pending agreement with U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, to assist us in our mission to provide quality statistics to the American public.

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2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau Hosts Census Day 2019

March 14 — The U.S. Census Bureau will host a live operational press briefing to mark the one year out milestone from the 2020 Census. On April 1, 2019, Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham and Census Bureau leadership will brief the public on the status of operations and provide updates on the success of the integrated partnership and communication campaign. The Census Bureau will also be joined on stage by several organizations that highlight a handful of the partnerships that are key to ensuring a successful 2020 Census.

Census Bureau Unveils 2020 Census Communications Campaign Platform

March 4 — As promotional and outreach activities are ramping up across the nation ahead of the 2020 Census — from establishing local and state complete count committees, to diverse partners coming together to reduce the undercount of children and other hard to count populations — today the U.S. Census Bureau announced its long-planned communications campaign platform: “Shape your future. START HERE.”

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Economic

Statistics of U. S. Businesses

March 15 — 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.

2017 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey

March 13 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the Annual Capital Expenditures Survey report for data year 2017. The survey provides relevant and timely estimates of all nonfarm business expenditures during the year for new and used structures and equipment. Expenditures also include capitalized leasehold improvements and capitalized interest charges on loans used to finance investments. These estimates are provided at the economic sector level, based on the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), as well as for industries within those sectors at the NAICS three-digit and selected four-digit levels.

2017 Annual Wholesale Trade Survey

March 6 — 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.

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Facts for Features

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

March 6 —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.

Women’s History Month: March 2019

March 5 — 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.

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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 sticking it to the kids in “Mandatory Vaccinations” (March 6) and recognition in a nutshell in “National Peanut Month” (March 12). Internet address: www.census.gov/library/audio/profile-america.html.

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Blogs

Envisioning 21st-Century Statistics on the Nation’s People, Places and Economy

Written by: Dr. Ron Jarmin, Deputy Director — March 14 — Most of the news coming out of the U.S. Census Bureau lately has, understandably, focused on our preparations for the 2020 Census. Yet, important work on measuring the nation’s people, places and economy continues even amongst the flurry of activity for the once-a-decade count. This includes work to transform the Census Bureau into a 21st-century statistical agency to meet the nation’s need for high-quality and reliable information.

The Goods and Services Deficit Increased to $59.8 billion in December 2018

Written by: Rachel Butler, International Trade Macro Analysis Branch, Economic Indicators Division — March 6 — The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced today that the goods and services deficit was $59.8 billion in December, up $9.5 billion from $50.3 billion in November, revised.

Shape your future. START HERE. U.S. Census Bureau Unveils 2020 Census Tagline

Written by: Kendall Johnson, 2020 Census Integrated Communications Contract — March 4 —Starting in 1790, and every 10 years since, the United States has conducted a census. Through the data we collect during the decennial census year, we help the public make the decisions they need to improve their community: to build schools, hospitals and new roads; to guide public funding to help those in need; and to help entrepreneurs and businesses make critical decisions.

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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. See the 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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