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Our population statistics cover age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, migration, ancestry, language use, veterans, as well as population estimates and projections.
This section provides information on a range of educational topics, from educational attainment and school enrollment to school districts, costs and financing.
We measure the state of the nations workforce, including employment and unemployment levels, weeks and hours worked, occupations, and commuting.
Our statistics highlight trends in household and family composition, describe characteristics of the residents of housing units, and show how they are related.
Health statistics on insurance coverage, disability, fertility and other health issues are increasingly important in measuring the nation's overall well-being.
We measure the housing and construction industry, track homeownership rates, and produce statistics on the physical and financial characteristics of our homes.
The U.S. Census Bureau is the official source for U.S. export and import statistics and regulations governing the reporting of exports from the U.S.
The U.S. Census Bureau provides data for the Federal, state and local governments as well as voting, redistricting, apportionment and congressional affairs.
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Geography provides the framework for Census Bureau survey design, sample selection, data collection, tabulation, and dissemination.
Geography is central to the work of the Bureau, providing the framework for survey design, sample selection, data collection, tabulation, and dissemination.
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The Geographic Support System Initiative will integrate improved address coverage, spatial feature updates, and enhanced quality assessment and measurement.
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Metropolitan and micropolitan areas are geographic entities used by Federal statistical agencies in collecting, tabulating, and publishing Federal statistics.
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We conduct research on geographic topics such as how to define geographic areas and how geography changes over time.
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Our researchers explore innovative ways to conduct surveys, increase respondent participation, reduce costs, and improve accuracy.
Our surveys provide periodic and comprehensive statistics about the nation, critical for government programs, policies, and decisionmaking.
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The Census Bureau's Director writes on how we measure America's people, places and economy.
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Profile America is a daily, 60-second feature that uses interesting vignettes for that day to highlight information collected by the Census Bureau.
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The Economic Census is the major economic statistical program of the United States. It constitutes the chief source of data about the structure and functioning of the nation's economy, and provides the foundation and framework for a host of other statistical endeavors by the public and private sectors alike.
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Calculate market share
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Locate distributors or resellers
Design sales territories and set sales quotas
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Evaluate new business opportunities
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Maintain local tax base
Assist local businesses
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A manufacturer compared statistics for his company with industry-wide figures in census reports. He became concerned when he found that they achieved less value added per employee than the competition--represented by industry averages. Census figures helped him convince the company's Board of Directors to reduce administrative staff and take other measures to increase productivity and profitability.
A soft drink bottler considered expanding into two related beverage manufacturing operations: milk and alcoholic beverages. Economic Census data shed light on industry specialization, company size, and the relationship of expenses to receipts--information that encouraged the bottler to diversify.
A restaurant supply wholesaler calculated that it had roughly an 11-percent market share--its own sales divided by state totals for similar businesses--in its primary sales region in the northern mountain states. The wholesaler used that figure as a target when it expanded into Arizona and New Mexico.
A man who had developed software for managing quality control operations made a list of industries most likely to use his product, then ranked the top industries based on census figures on value added and growth. He customized his software to appeal to those top prospects. Census data on CD-ROM made it easy to find areas where large plants in the target industries were located.
A diskette duplication service used the numbers of businesses by ZIP Code on CD-ROM to assess the completeness and coverage of its direct mail list of service and retail businesses. For industries where its coverage was poor, the business purchased commercial mailing lists or advertising space in appropriate trade periodicals.
The publisher of a TV magazine for free distribution at stores wanted the distribution of retailers by ZIP Code in order to design sales territories. They grouped ZIP Codes until each territory had roughly equal numbers of small stores--their salespeople had found that owners of small stores were more willing to listen to their pitch than were owners of large stores.
An electrical supplies wholesaler consulted Census of Construction Industries reports to determine receipts of electrical contractors by state and to examine trends in industry expenditures for materials and supplies.
A major food store chain uses retail census data and population figures to estimate potential weekly food store sales in the trade area for each of its stores. These estimates allow the company to calculate market share for each existing store, and to evaluate prospective sites for new stores.
The owner of a chain of auto accessory stores computed the ratio of accessory sales in the retail census to household income from the population census for several neighboring metropolitan areas. Finding his own area well above national averages, he inferred that the local market for auto accessory stores might be already saturated. That contributed to his decision to expand into a nearby metro area with a lower ratio instead of adding another store locally.
An insurance company uses counts of establishments and sales by kind of business to redesign sales territories and set quotas and incentive levels for agents. By comparing census figures to their own records on customers, company executives found which kinds of businesses were better prospects than others.
A small business manufacturing solar water heater panels sought to attract new investors. They changed their prospectus to prominently feature the use of their product in growing industries, with census data to back them up.
An entrepreneur used census data to support her loan application, as she sought financing to start a tailoring and alterations shop for women executives. She used data from the Census of Service Industries on her line of business in conjunction with data on women in managerial occupations from the Census of Population.
A manufacturer of industrial chemicals used data on production of semiconductors and other high technology products to assess the feasibility of introducing a line of advanced composite materials.
A recent engineering graduate examined census data about industries where he thought his skills could be used. After exploring the statistics, he concentrated his job search on the industries that had grown substantially in recent years. He also studied statistics about those industries in preparing for job interviews.
A professor at Harvard University studied a series of votes in Congress related to free trade issues. He used Census Of Manufactures data to explore the correlation between each state's industrial structure and the way that state's Congressional representatives voted on these issues.
The Economic Development Commission of Chicago attempts to attract new business to the city, and retain the ones they already have, by talking to individual companies about their real estate and labor force needs. They used Census of Manufactures data to identify industries growing nationally but not doing as well locally.
A community action corporation in western Pennsylvania used census of manufactures data on the steel industry and its customers to determine the feasibility of local efforts to reopen a closed steel plant. Census figures helped convince them that this was not a good investment, despite local enthusiasm for the project.
A state economic development agency identified in industries with the most export activity using "Exports from Manufacturing Plants." The agency gave those industries top priority as it launched a program to assist companies in finding trade leads.
Small Business Development Centers in many states help business owners assess their marketing and management challenges and become familiar with business data sources like the Economic Census.
The U.S. Department of Commerce uses detailed census statistics on products produced and materials consumed in manufacturing in updating its "input-output tables." These tables are basic to updating the national income and product accounts, including the gross domestic product.
Federal and state agencies look to Economic Census data to gauge the effectiveness of programs such as minority contracting guidelines, trade policies, and job retraining.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency uses the ZIP Code CD-ROM to inventory manufacturing locations by industry and size. They estimate potential losses to productive capacity that might result from a major flood or other disaster.