Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Census Bureau: Not Just What You Expect

The Census Bureau released three Economic Census reports last week:
2007 Economic Census: Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Industry Series
2007 Economic Census: Construction Industry Series
2007 Business Expenses for Wholesale and Retail Trades
Unsurprising, I suppose.

But Census has also recently released Reports on Residential Vacancies and Homeownership, which showed "National vacancy rates in the second quarter 2009 were 10.6 (+ 0.4) percent for rental housing and 2.5 (+ 0.1) percent for homeowner housing...The Census Bureau said the rental vacancy rate was higher than the second quarter 2008 rate (10.0 percent) and higher than the rate last quarter (10.1 percent). For homeowner vacancies, the current rate was lower than the second quarter 2008 rate (2.8 percent) and lower than the rate last quarter (2.7 percent). The homeownership rate at 67.4 (+ 0.5) percent for the current quarter was lower than the second quarter 2008 rate (68.1 percent), but not statistically different from last quarter’s rate (67.3 percent)."

"Public schools in New York spent $15,981 per pupil in 2007, which was more than any other state or state equivalent." Figures are available from the new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. (See Table 11.) "New Jersey ($15,691) and the District of Columbia ($14,324) had the next-highest spending. States spending the least per pupil were Utah ($5,683), Idaho ($6,625) and Tennessee ($7,113). On average, each state spent $9,666 per pupil in 2007, a 5.8 percent increase over 2006.

Did you know that September 20-26, 2009 is Unmarried and Single Americans Week? Didf you know there WAS an Unmarried and Single Americans Week?

Sometimes Census generates statistics on behalf of others. Commissioned by the National Institute on Aging unprecedented global aging is examined in a new Census Bureau report.
"The number of people worldwide 65 and older is estimated at 506 million as of midyear 2008; by 2040, that number will hit 1.3 billion. Thus, in just over 30 years, the proportion of older people will double from 7 percent to 14 percent of the total world population."

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