Population Estimates Program

The U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates Program (PEP) produces estimates of the population for the United States, its states, counties, cities, and towns, as well as for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its municipios. Demographic components of population change (births, deaths, and migration) are produced at the national, state, and county levels of geography. Additionally, housing unit estimates are produced for the nation, states, and counties.

These estimates are used in federal funding allocations, as survey controls, as denominators for vital rates and per capita time series, and as indicators of recent demographic changes. With each new release of annual estimates, the entire time series of estimates is revised for all years back to the last census. All previously published estimates are superseded and archived.

Population estimates for the Counties and Cities in the Bi-State Region can be found on the Data Portal at GreaterQCRegionData.org.

For more information visit http://www.census.gov/popest/index.html or contact our Data Services Staff.

Count Question Resolution

The Census Bureau established the 2010 Census Count Question Resolution (CQR) Program by which State, local and Tribal area elected officials may challenge their jurisdiction's 2010 Census counts.  All challenges must be received by the Census Bureau no later than June 1, 2013.  Bi-State staff can assist with these challenges.

Corrected Counts - If a challenge results in a change, the Census Bureau will issue official revised counts to the affected governments. These changes can be used by the governments for future programs that require official 2010 Census data. They will also be used to calculate subsequent population estimates for that community.

Corrected counts for jurisdictions in the Bi-State Region can be found on the Data Portal at GreaterQCRegionData.org.

For more information visit http://www.census.gov/2010census/about/cqr.php or contact our Data Services staff.

Special Census Program

The Special Census is a program for local and tribal governments to conduct censuses for their communities in the years between decennial censuses.  When local officials believe there has been a significant population change in their community due to growth or annexation, they may choose to conduct a Special Census. The Census Bureau conducts Special Censuses on a cost-reimbursable basis. This means that the governmental unit requesting a Special Census assumes full responsibility for the cost of the Special Census. The updated information provided by a Special Census is designated as Official Census Statistics and may be used in any manner provided for by applicable law. The Official Census statistics produced by conducting a Special Census may produce an increase in state revenue sharing or other benefits. This could also offset the cost of actually conducting the Special Census, but much depends on the individual state's laws or regulations.  For more information visit http://www.census.gov/regions/specialcensus/ or contact our Data Services Staff.

Boundary and Annexation Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) annually to collect information about selected legally defined geographic areas. Notices are sent to the Highest Elected Official and/or BAS contact in local jurisdictions each December.  The BAS is used to update information about the legal boundaries and names of all governmental units in the United States. The Census Bureau uses the boundary information collected in the BAS to tabulate data for the decennial and economic censuses, and annual estimates and surveys such as the Population Estimates Program and the American Community Survey.

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NOTICE:  2014 BAS Program Suspended

The U. S. Census Bureau has suspended the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) for fiscal year (FY) 2014, which runs from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.  We are hoping the program will resume again for 2015 – watch for information on this in November or December of 2014. All governmental units in the Bi-State Region received correspondence from the U.S. Census Bureau in late October 2013 regarding the suspension.
For more information visit http://www.census.gov/geo/partnerships/bas.html or contact our Data Services Staff.

Commuting (Journey to Work) Survey

There are several surveys conducted by the Census Bureau that ask questions related to commuting including means of transportation, time of departure, mean travel time to work, vehicles available, distance traveled, and expenses associated with commuting.  Commuting (Journey to Work) refers to a worker’s travel from home to work.  The U.S. Census Bureau released updated County-to-County Commuting Flow data in early March 2013.  The data is based on information collected in the 2006 – 2010 American Community Survey, five year estimates.  Place of work refers to the geographic location of the worker’s job. A worker is defined as a person 16 years old and over, who were employed and at work during a reference period.

The pdf map and table summarize the commuting flow data for the Bi-State Region. For more information visit http://www.census.gov/hhes/commuting or contact our Data Services Staff.

EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) Special Tabulation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Special (EEO) Tabulation is a special tabulation of data that highlights the diversity of the labor force.  The latest tabulation is based on the American Community Survey (ACS) 2006-2010 five-year data (www.census.gov/acs) and became available November 29, 2012 through American FactFinder (AFF) (factfinder2.census.gov).  This 107-table tabulation is produced by the Census Bureau for four sponsoring Federal agencies: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) at the Department of Labor (DOL), and Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The EEO Tabulation serves as the primary external benchmark for comparing the race, ethnicity, and sex composition of an organization's internal workforce, and the analogous external labor market, within a specified geography and job category.

The EEO Tabulation 2006-2010 (5-year ACS data) contains information similar to comparable tabulations from the 1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000 censuses. Characteristics include sex, race, and Hispanic origin, cross tabulated by citizenship, occupation, industry, age, educational attainment, earnings, and unemployment status. The 2010 Census occupation categories used in this file are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) categories. Tables are tabulated for at least one of three geographic types: residence, worksite, and residence-to-worksite commuting flows. These are tabulated for one or more of the following geographic summary levels: U.S. Total, all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, metro and micro areas, counties, places, and EEO county sets. All tables also include estimates, percentages, and margins of error.

To access the EEO Tabulation 2006-2010 (5-year ACS data) tables go to http://www.census.gov/people/eeotabulation/data/eeotables20062010.html.

For more information visit http://www.census.gov/people/eeotabulation/ or contact our Data Services Staff.

Participant Statistical Areas Program

The 2010 Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP) allowed designated participants, following Census Bureau guidelines, to review and suggest modifications to the boundaries for block groups, census tracts, census county divisions, and census designated places for reporting data from the 2010 Census. The American Community Survey and other Census Bureau programs may also report data for these statistical areas following the 2010 Census.

The criteria for the 2010 PSAP were determined in 2007 and 2008. In late 2008 participants were identified and received their materials. All suggested modifications were due back to the Census Bureau in mid 2009.  Bi-State staff coordinated with local jurisdictions in the Region to participate in the program.

For more information visit http://www.census.gov/geo/partnerships/psap_overview.html or contact our Data Services Staff.

Other Census Programs

Data Services Staff monitors several additional Census programs including:

Economic Census
The Economic Census is the U.S. Government's official five-year measure of American business and the economy. It is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, and response is required by law.  As part of the U.S. Census Bureau's mission to measure America's economy, the current Economic Census is being conducted for the year ending December 2012.  In October through December 2012, forms were mailed to nearly 4 million businesses, including large, medium and small companies representing all U.S. locations and industries. Respondents were asked to provide a range of operational and performance data for their companies.  The Economic Census provides official measures of output for industries and geographic areas, and serves as the cornerstone of the nation's economic statistics, providing key source data for the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and other indicators of economic performance.  The Economic Census collects information from individual business establishments on physical location, type of business activity (industry), employment, payroll, and revenue by type of service or product. Some inquiries apply to some industries but not others, such as materials consumed and franchising.  For more information visit http://www.census.gov/econ/census or contact our Data Services Staff.

Survey of Construction
The U.S. Census Bureau Survey of Construction provides current national and regional statistics on starts, completions, and characteristics of new, privately-owned single-family and multifamily housing units and on sales of new single-family houses. The United States code, Title 13, authorizes this survey and provides for voluntary responses. The Department of Housing and Urban Development partially funds this survey.  Data are available monthly and annually for housing starts since 1959, for new home sales since 1963, and for completions since 1968. Reported data are for building or sales activity taking place during the applicable reference period. Monthly data collection begins the first day after the reference month and continues through the 7th working day.  The Bureau of Economic Analysis uses the estimates in development of the national income and product accounts. The Federal Reserve Board and Council of Economic Advisers use the estimates to determine the condition of the economy. The Department of Housing and Urban Development uses the estimates to develop and evaluate housing programs.  Manufacturers use estimates to plan production schedules and establish market shares. Insurance companies use estimates to adjust rates and establish replacement costs. Financial institutions use data to estimate mortgage demand.  For more information visit http://www.census.gov/econ/overview/co0400.html or contact our Data Services Staff.

Agricultural Census
The Census of Agriculture is the leading source of facts and figures about American agriculture. Conducted every five years, the Census of Agriculture provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the United States.  Participation in the Census is required by law, and that same law protects the confidentiality of all individual responses.

For the 2012 Census of Agriculture, forms were mailed in late December 2012. Participation by every farmer and rancher, regardless of the size or type of operation, is vitally important. By responding to the Census, producers are helping themselves, their communities and all of U.S. agriculture.  The 2012 Census of Agriculture collected information concerning all areas of farming and ranching operations, including production expenses, market value of products, and operator characteristics. This information is used by everyone who provides services to farmers and rural communities - including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, and many others. Census data is used to make decisions about many things that directly impact farmers, including:  

•    community planning
•    store/company locations
•    availability of operational loans and other funding
•    location and staffing of service centers
•    farm programs and policies

For more information visit http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/index.php.