Upcoming Webinars

The Census Bureau’s Education, Training & Dissemination Branch has scheduled several webinars over the next three months. These webinars do have a finite number of slots available, so you may want to register early to make sure you are able to participate!

Registration information and webinar descriptions are available in the upper left corner of the Training Events page http://www.census.gov/mso/www/training/training_events.html

• The Economic Census and Other Economic Programs (April 17, 1:00 – 3:30 EDT)

• Understanding Census Geography (April 18, 1:00 – 3:00 EDT)

• Introduction to the American Community Survey (April 24, 1:00 – 2:30 EDT)

• The Current Population Survey & Survey of Income and Program Participation (May 8, 1:00 – 3:00 EDT)

• Population Estimates and Projections (May 22, 1:00 – 2:30 EDT)

• Customized Searching Through DataFerrett (May 29, 1:00 – 3:30 EDT)

• How to Navigate American FactFinder (June 19, 1:00 – 3:00 EDT)

• Government Statistics (June 26, 1:00 – 2:30 EDT)

If you are unable to attend these webinars, you might also find these tutorials from the Census Bureau’s Training Resources Library useful or informative:


Demographic bits and bytes

The Census Bureau records quite numerous useful data beyond demographics here in the US. Included below are some examples, provided by the US Census Bureau, that exemplify just how informative some of this data can actually be!


This working paper discusses the decline in attendance at private schools over the past decade. According to the census bureau:

Data from several surveys, including the Current Population Survey and American Community Survey, show a decline in private school enrollment over the last decade. The working paper compares trends across datasets and subgroups and explores possible underlying causes of the decline in enrollment, which occurred particularly at larger, religiously affiliated schools in cities and suburbs. Possible causes explored by the paper include the growth in charter schools, home schooling and the recession.


Disability, Employment, and Government Assistance

The Census Bureau also reports that workers with a disability are less likely to be employed and for those who are employed, are more likely to hold jobs with lower earnings. The three most common occupations for men with disabilities were drivers/sales workers and truck drivers (246,000); janitors and building cleaners (217,000); and laborers and freight, stock, and material movers (171,000). For women, as cashiers (195,000); secretaries or administrative assistants (189,000); and nursing, psychiatric or home health aides (172,000). These data can be found on the Census website under the Disability Employment Tabulation available through American Factfinder.

DisabilityGraphThe report, which uses data from 2011, indicates that 30% of of the 46 million adults that receive government assistance have a disability of some kind. There is a relationship to these statistics and those regarding employment as well; Bernice Boursiquot, co-author of the report and Census Bureau statistician noted that “On average, people with disabilities have lower employment and earnings; therefore, understanding what assistance people with disabilities receive may help governments better coordinate and administer their programs.”


Demographics & Income

And if you were wondering about demographics and income, the Bureau has also released income/earnings estimates for the third quarter (July-September) of 2011 by selected demographic characteristics such as gender, age, race/ethnicity, martial status, and educational attainment. Tables are available here:

A different report, released Feb 11 shows that the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT metropolitan area near NYC has the highest percentage of households with high income in the nation at 17.9 percent. High income is defined as being in the top 5 percent of national income distribution, which is an annual household income of at least $191,469.


How long is your commute to work? How many miles do you usually drive? The ACS (American Community Survey) collects and provides this information. See ACS report  here by Brian McKenzie, a Census Bureau statistician, to see how you compare to the rest of the US workforce. As an example, about 342,000 workers commute into Suffolk County, Massachusetts (Boston area) every day from outside of that county; if you’ve ever driven on I-93 or I-95 at rush hour, it certainly seems like it makes sense!

MegacommutingDid you know that:

  • 600,000 people in the US travel 90 minutes and 50 miles to work; 10.8 million travel an hour each way.
  • 8.1 percent of US workers have commutes of 60 minutes or longer
  • 4.3 percent walk from home
  • The average one-way daily commute for workers across the country is 25.5 minutes.
  • Of those who were classified as “megacommuters”,  75.4 percent were male and 24.6 percent were female.

For more information about Megacommuting in the US, see the below links:

Home-based workers

Working at home is on the rise! In contrast to megacommuting, it is now apparent that more and more individuals are choosing to work from home. The Census Bureau has also compiled an infographic to dissect some of the statistics involved with this phenomenon.

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Snippet from infographic