Census Bureau Releases Timetable for 2009 Income, Poverty, Health Insurance Estimates

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The Census Bureau announced today the public release schedule for the official income, poverty and health insurance estimates for 2009 from the Current Population Survey (CPS), as well as estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS).

This is the first year the ACS data on social, economic and housing characteristics will be available for all geographic areas, based on five years of data collected from 2005 to 2009.

Additional information on both the CPS and ACS releases will be provided closer to the release dates.

The CPS and the ACS are different from the 2010 Census, which determines the nation’s official population count. State population counts from the 2010 Census, along with the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives apportioned to each state, will be released in December 2010 on a date to be announced later in the fall.

Data Release Schedule

  1. 2009 Income, poverty and health insurance estimates from the Current Population Survey—release on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010.
  2. 2009 American Community Survey—release on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010
    One-year estimates, including ACS income and poverty estimates. These estimates will be available for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metropolitan area, and all counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more.
  3. 2005-2009 American Community Survey—release in December
    First set of five-year ACS estimates covering 2005-2009 will be released on the characteristics of areas below 20,000 down to the census tract level.
  4. 2005-2009 American Community Survey—release in early in 2011
    Summary files down to the block group geographic level will be released as will the 2005-2009 Public Use Microdata Sample files.
  5. 2007-2009 American Community Survey—release in January 2011
    The three-year estimates will be available for all geographic areas with populations of 20,000 or more.

Closer to the December release date, the Census Bureau will provide guidance on how to use the new five-year estimates and how they differ from the one-year and three-year estimates.

2007-2009 American Community Survey—The Census Bureau plans to release the three-year estimates from the 2007-2009 ACS as the last in the series
in January 2011. Estimates for the three-year release will be available for all geographic areas with populations of 20,000 or more. There will be no embargo access to the data.

About the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the CPS
The Current Population Survey serves as the nation’s primary source of data on labor force characteristics. It provides the official annual data on the nation’s income and poverty levels and a monthly snapshot of employment levels. Labor force characteristics include data on age, sex, race, marital status and educational attainment. Other topics reported in the survey include income, poverty, employee benefits, work schedules, school enrollment and health insurance, among others. The CPS has been conducted by the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more than 50 years. These data are used by government policymakers as important indicators of our nation’s economy and for planning and evaluating many
government programs.

About the ACS
The American Community Survey is the successor to the former census “long form” that historically produced demographic, housing and socioeconomic data for the nation as part of the once-a-decade census. Together, American Community Survey and 2010 Census data form the basis for the annual allocation of more than $400 billion in federal funds to state, local and tribal governments every year, and guide planners and policymakers at all levels of government and in communities of all sizes. All survey responses are strictly confidential and protected by law.

News releases, reports, and data tables are available on the Census Bureau’s homepage.

Naja Williamson
Georgia KIDS COUNT Coordinator
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William Valladares
GaFCP Communications Manager

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