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2013 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections

During fiscal year 2013, state governments collected $846.2 billion in taxes. For its Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections survey the Census Bureau defines taxes as “compulsory contributions exacted by a government for public purposes.” Taxes are classified into five categories: (1) property, (2) sales and gross receipts, (3) license, (4) income, and (5) other. Figure 1 …Read the Rest

Profile America: a Daily Dose of Census Information

Profile America is a daily 60-second podcast feature from the Census Bureau. The features use information gathered by the Census Bureau to present factual vignettes about an event, observance, or commemoration. The features are produced in text and audio formats. Listening to or reading these tidbits of information is a quick way to familiarize yourself with …Read the Rest

March Madness at the Census Bureau

The Census Bureau offers its own flavor of “March madness” brackets. If filling in your NCAA bracket left you wanting more, then the Census Bureau’s “Population Bracketology“ is ready to test your knowledge of the United States population. There are actually two brackets, “Metro Area Population” and “State Population.” The metro area population bracket involves choosing the metropolitan …Read the Rest

Illustrating a Fact by Combining Data and Visual Presentation

Recently, Wired did a story on “14 World-Changing Data Visualizations, From the Last 4 Centuries.” Included in the story is an 1858 map of London’s Soho with black bars indicating cholera cases, a grouping of circular plots showing 1840s cycles of temperature and cholera deaths, and a 1685 map of the world including ocean currents. Recently, …Read the Rest

Arizona SB1062 -VETOED

An Arizona bill that was likely to have allowed some businesses to deny services to gays has been vetoed. Arizona governor Jan Brewer vetoed Arizona SB1062/HB2153, which would have allowed businesses to deny service based on religious beliefs. During her press conference about the veto, the governor said she had heard of no incident where …Read the Rest

Valentines Facts from the Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau has released “Valentine’s Day 2014: Feb. 14,” Facts for Features. The Facts for Features series gathers demographic and economic statistics from the Census Bureau usually focusing on a holiday, anniversary, or topic in the news. The Valentine’s Day issue gives statistics on U.S. manufactures of candy, flowers, jewelry, and on marriage. The Census Bureau’s website …Read the Rest