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					Census Programs Update
 and Upcoming Census
                2010 Census Kickoff Meeting
 Texas State Data Center / Business and Industry Data Center
                  Annual Affiliates Meeting
                      May 6 & 7, 2008
                       Austin, Texas

                 Paula Wright, Partnership Information Specialist
                              U.S. Census Bureau
                        Dallas Regional Census Center
Census Program Update: The Big
• On-going monthly/weekly surveys:
  –   American Community Survey
  –   Current Population Survey
  –   Consumer Expenditure Survey
  –   National Crime Victimization Survey
  –   National Health Interview Survey
  –   Survey of Income and Program
Census Programs Update

• American Community Survey (ACS)
  – This survey is a key component to the decennial census. The
    ACS doesn’t count the population, but it does provide the data that
    reflect what the population looks like and how it lives. Because the
    ACS is a monthly survey, this information can be updated every
    year rather than every 10 years. For more information on ACS,
  – The ACS in TX:
      • Nationally, the average workload is approximately 58,000 HUs
      • The average sample size for ACS-HU is approximately 5,300 Housing Units
        each month the Dallas 3-state region
      • For TX alone, it is approximately 3,750 HUs

American Community Survey:

Census Programs Update

• The Current Population Survey (CPS)
  – The CPS is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households
    nationwide conducted by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of
    Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50
    years. The CPS is the primary source of information on the labor
    force characteristics of the U.S. population. CPS data are used by
    government policymakers and legislators as important indicators of
    our nations’ economic situation. For more information on CPS,
  – The CPS in TX:
      • The National sample size is approximately 48,080 housing units monthly
      • Dallas 3-state region has approximately 4,573 sample housing units every month
      • Texas accounts for approximately 3,525 housing units

Current Population Survey:

Census Programs Update

• The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE)
  – Data collected in the Consumer Expenditure Survey are published by
    the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. This
    information is the basic source of data for revising the types of
    consumer purchases to be priced for the Consumer Price Index.
    These data are also used in market research studies, economic
    research and consumer guidance materials. For more information
    on CE,
  – The CE Survey in TX:
      • The national average sample for CE is 4,900 each month
      • The average sample size for the Dallas 3-state region is approximately 575 HUs
      • Texas accounts for approximately 380 housing units monthly

Consumer Expenditure Survey:

Census Programs Update

• The National Crime Victimization
  Survey (NCVS)
  – NCVS is the Nation’s primary source of information on criminal
    victimization. The survey enables the Bureau of Justice Statistics
    to estimate the likelihood of victimization by rape, sexual assault,
    robbery, assault, theft, household burglary, and motor vehicle theft
    for the population as a whole, as well as for segments of the
    population such as women, the elderly, and other groups. For
    more information on NCVS, go to
  – The NCVS Survey in TX:
      • The national workload is approximately 9,600 housing units monthly
      • The average sample size for the Dallas 3-state region is 800 HUs
      • The approximate sample size for Texas is 600 housing units
National Crime Victimization

Census Programs Update

• The National Health Interview Survey
  – By chronicling the Nation’s health, the National Health Interview
    Survey is an important resource in directing health expenditures in
    both public and private sectors. This study assists in planning
    programs for prevention, as well as control, of certain illnesses and
    disabilities. For more information on HIS,
  – The HIS in TX:
      • HIS is a weekly survey and the weekly national average is 1,157 housing units
      • The Dallas 3-state region has approximately 97 weekly housing units in sample
      • Texas has approximately 79 weekly HUs in sample

National Health Interview Survey:

Census Programs Update
• The Survey of Income and Program
  Participation (SIPP)
  – The main objective of SIPP is to provide accurate and
    comprehensive information about the income and participation of
    individuals and households in programs, such as Social Security,
    Medicare and Medicaid, in the United States. SIPP data allow the
    government to evaluate the effectiveness of federal, state, and
    local programs. For more information on SIPP,
  – SIPP in TX:
      • SIPP is currently being retooled and will not begin again until September 2008
      • Back in March 2004 (at the peak of the sample size) the approximate national
        sample was 15,629
      • The Dallas 3-state region had approximately 1,288 housing units
      • Texas accounted for approximately 927 housing units each month
Survey of Income & Program

Census Programs Update

• Periodic Surveys:
  – School and Staffing Survey (SASS) and
    Private School and Staffing Survey
    (PASS) … just completed in the regional offices & will
      be on the newly elected President’s desk by January 1,
      2009 to inform him/her on the state of education in America
  –   American Housing Survey: National and
      Metro Area Housing Survey (AHS) … just
      completed Houston Metro Housing Survey: 2007

Census Programs Update
• Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
  – Due to the public’s increased concern about identity theft
    and misuse of personal information, the federal government
    has strengthened its policies on handling respondent
  – The identification and security of PII has always been a top
    priority in the Census Bureau. The Bureau has a “safe
    boot” on all issued computers and full disk encryption
  – All respondent information is Title 13 protected … meaning
    all census workers are sworn to secrecy for life. Disclosing
    confidential census information is a felony; the penalty for
    wrongful disclosure is up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a
    fine. The fine is up to $250,000.
Dear Law Enforcement Officer:

This is notification that the Census Bureau is doing work in your
community, pursuant to Federal Law, Title 13, U.S. Code Section 182.

We use a workforce of trained federal employees to conduct a variety
of household surveys by telephone and in-person interviews, as well
as the mail. All of our representatives carry with them an official
identification card. All persons representing the Census Bureau, must
show to respondents an official credential of the United States of
America, Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, similar to
the one pictured here.

Please call our office at any time during business hours, 7:30 a.m. to
4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday if verification of representatives in
the field is needed. The telephone number is 1-800-835-9752.

Please notify your officers that we conduct surveys throughout the
month, every month, not just every ten years. If there is any additional
information you would like to know concerning our work, please let us


Gabriel Sanchez
Regional Director                                                    17
Recent & Upcoming Census
Releases: How To Stay Current

Newsroom (the Public Information Office Website)
Has a Wealth of Information

Census Product Update:

Recent & Upcoming Census
• Population Growth in TX
  – March 20, 2008, the Census Bureau released the annual county
    population estimates:
      • All but one of the nation’s 10 fastest-growing counties were located in the South
        or West … Rockwall County, TX was fifth at 8.2 percent growth between 2006 &
      • Among the 10 counties that added the largest number of residents between 2006
        & 2007, half were in Texas … Harris, Tarrant, Bexar, Collin and Travis
      • Among the 100 fastest-growing counties, more than one-third were in Texas (16)
      • Texas was home to 11 counties among the 25 with the highest numerical gains.
      • Among the fastest-growing counties between 2000 and 2007, Rockwall County
        was number 2 with a 71.3 percent growth in the 7 years.
      • Between 2000 and 2007, Harris County had the second largest numeric increase
        adding 535,000 new residents in 7 years. Texas was the home to nine of the top
        25 numeric gainers.

Recent & Upcoming Census
• Population Growth in TX
  – March 27, 2008, the Census Bureau released the annual
    metropolitan area population estimates:
      • Dallas-Fort Worth had the largest numeric gain of any metro area between 2006
        and 2007, increasing by 162,250, according to July 1, 2007, estimates of metro
        area population size and growth
      • Houston, with a population gain of 120,544, was number four out of the metro
        areas with a gain of at least 100,000
      • Austin, TX, was the fifth fastest-growing metro area, with a 4.3 percent gain from
        2006 to 2007, as well as the eighth largest numeric gainer, at 65,880 population
        added between 2006 and 2007
      • In addition to New Orleans, other Gulf Coast metro areas where populations
        increased between 2006 and 2007 after having experienced 2005-2006
        population declines included Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX with a 0.5 percent
        population increase

Recent & Upcoming Census
• Upcoming & Recently Released Demographic
  – Estimates of U.S. and State Population by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic
    Origin: July 1, 2007 ( May 1)
       •    US Hispanic population surpasses 45 million on July 1, 2007, or 15.1
           percent of the estimated total US population of 301.6 million
       •   African Americans are the 2nd largest minority group at 40.7 million
       •   Asians are the 3rd largest with 15.2 million
       •   With a 3.3% increase between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007, Hispanics
           were the fastest-growing minority group. Asians were the 2nd fastest with a
           2.9% population increase
       •   TX had the 2nd largest Hispanic state population of 8.6 million and the
           largest numerical increase between 2006 and 2007 (308,000), followed by
           California and Florida
  – Support Providers: 2005 --- these tables look at selected characteristics of
    those who provide support to people living in other households, including
    the amount of support. Data is from the Survey of Income and Program
    Participation (SIPP) (tentatively scheduled for release in early May)
Recent & Upcoming Census
• Upcoming & Recently Released Demographic
  – Profiles of Older Workers: 2004 --- the Census Bureau, in
    partnership with 31 states, has launched a series of reports on
    workers 55 and older. New Jersey’s report released April 27, and
    Maryland is scheduled for the week of May 18.
  – State in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot --- a
    look at the population, selected characteristics and 2004 voting
    percentage of states as they approach their 2008 primaries.
    Indiana and North Carolina released on April 30.
  – International Data Base Update: 2007 … Internet files
    showing demographic indicators such as infant mortality, life
    expectancy, fertility rates, growth, etc for 228 countries & areas of
    the world. Includes moving pop pyramids which project age & sex
    distributions to year 2050.                                             24
Recent & Upcoming Census
• Upcoming & Recently Released Demographic
   – Participation of Mothers in Government Assistance Programs:2004 ---
     Analyzes the socioeconomic characteristics of mothers participating in 6
     public assistance programs, including Temporary Assistance to Needy
     Families, food stamps and Medicaid. (Tentatively scheduled for release in
     early May)
   – What It’s Worth: Field of Training and Economic Status: 2004 --- Series of
     tables from SIPP examining the relationship between field of training &
     monthly earnings.

• Upcoming & Recently Released Facts for Features
   – The Fourth of July --- Happy Birthday, America! The Census Bureau
     celebrates the 232nd anniversary of our nation’s independence with a
     collection of statistics on flags, fireworks and food. (Scheduled for release
     May 4)
   – Conversion from Analog to Digital TV (Feb. 17, 2009)
Recent & Upcoming Census
• Recently Released Economic
   – Consolidated Federal Funds Report: 2006 --- this annual data set provides
     an overview of federal spending at the national, state and county levels.
     The federal government disbursed $2.45 trillion in domestic spending in
     2006, a 7.5% increase over 2005. (released April 23)
   – Net Worth and the Assets of Households: 2002 --- income and net worth
     are two important factors in determining economic well-being in the U.S.
     This report looks at net worth and asset ownership by various
     socioeconomic factors, including monthly income. Data come from SIPP
     (released April 24)

• Recently Released Facts for Features
   – Father’ s Day (June 15) --- the Census Bureau honors “dear old dad” with
     a collection of statistical information from its demographic and economic
     subject areas pertaining to Father’s Day. (released April 17)

Thank You
• I am now located at the Regional
  Census Center in Dallas
  – Main telephone number at RCC:
  – Partnership voice mail:
  – Paula’s partnership cell phone: