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Census Bureau Sets Timetable for Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Estimates and American Community Survey Results

Info about what’s coming from the Census was announced at an “operational press briefing” that took place yesterday.

Robert M. Groves, director, U.S. Census Bureau and Stanley J. Rolark spoke at the event.

Presentation Slides (PDF)

A replay of the press briefing should be available soon on this web page.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today the public release schedule for the official income, poverty and health insurance estimates for 2010 from the Current Population Survey (CPS), as well as estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS).

Intro and Timetable

Additional Materials Distributed at Event
* Materials Distributed at News Conference
* Count Question Resolution brochure [PDF]
* 2010 CQR Challenges

* Press kits:
– 2010 Census Briefs
– Summary File 1

* American FactFinder Brochure [PDF]
* U.S. Census Bureau at a Glance [PDF]
* Measuring America Timeline [PDF]
* 2010 Data Products Release Timeline
* 2010 Census Data Product Descriptions

A snapshot of income disparity

A snapshot of income disparity. Opinion, by Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times (February 24, 2010).

[I]n 1992, the Clinton administration asked the Internal Revenue Service to begin tracking the incomes and tax payments of the country’s 400 richest households. During the George W. Bush years, the IRS continued to collect the data, but — you’ll be shocked to know — didn’t release it to the public.

But the data are now available:

Rutten notes that the IRS figures show that in just one year (2006-2007) “the average income of the country’s 400 top taxpayers rose 31%.” He continues:

That’s all of a piece with trends documented by economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty, whose research into global income patterns shows that between 1992 and 2007, America’s 400 richest households increased their average income by 399%, while the bottom 90% of the country’s households gained just 13%. (Those percentages, by the way, reflect inflation-adjusted dollars.)