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The Key to Smart Consumer Spending

According to a report by the Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 was the weakest year for sales growth among retailers since the end of the recession in 2009. We can only hope that this is widely due to the fact that consumers are becoming smarter when it comes to spending. Most women love a sale. Show More Summary

Raw Data: Income Gains By Age Since 1974

Here's some raw data for you. It's nothing fancy: just plain old cash income growth for individuals, straight from the Census Bureau. It gives you a rough idea of how different age groups have been doing over the past few decades. Enjoy.

Retail Sales increased 0.2% in January

On a monthly basis, retail sales were up 0.2% from December to January (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 3.4% from January 2015.From the Census Bureau report:The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. Show More Summary

Retail sales rise more than expected (USD)

Retail sales jumped more than expected in January, up 0.2%. Excluding autos and gas, the advance estimate from the Census Bureau showed that retail sales rose 0.4% compared to December. And, the retail sales control group, which feeds...Show More Summary

Agencies Are About to Start Vying for the $415 Million U.S. Census Contract

It's hard to believe another census count is nearly upon us. For agencies wanting to work on the estimated $415 million 2020 census multi-year contract, RFP responses are due Feb. 22. This time around the Census Bureau is putting more emphasis on digital technology as the government wants to trim costs through greater use of mobile and social. Show More Summary

This Is How Boomers Can Age Successfully, According To The Experts

The "Year of the Boomer" was 2014 -- when the last of the generation celebrated their 50th birthday. In fact, the population is aging to such an extent that the U.S. Census Bureau expects the number of people over 65 to nearly double...Show More Summary

Here's how many high school graduates every US county has

One of the US Census Bureau's largest and most important projects is the American Community Survey, a massive ongoing survey that asks millions of Americans each year about their demographic, social, economic, and housing situations. By...Show More Summary

Midday open thread: We've got lots more 100-year-olds; lying Texas prosecutor disbarred

Join us here at 4 PM PT to discuss the results of the New Hampshire primary Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is Hillary and Bernie supporter smackdown:  Roster of 100-year-olds grows: The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the number of Americans...Show More Summary

Where is California’s least expensive town for renters, according to FindTheHome

Major U.S. Census Bureau surveys show that 2014 marked 10 years of consecutive renter household growth. And, according to the Housing Vacancy Survey, this trend is on track to continue. More people are choosing to rent, even as they enter their “home-buying” years...

Trade Deficit Increased in December to $43.4 Billion

Earlier the Department of Commerce reported:The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $43.4 billion in December, up $1.1 billion from $42.2 billion in November, revised. Show More Summary

U.S. Trade Deficit Widened Slightly in December

The Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Census Bureau said that the U.S. trade deficit widened slightly, up from $42.23 billion in November to $43.36 billion. The underlying data were...

Factory Orders Fell 2.9 Percent in December

The Census Bureau said that new factory orders fell 2.9 percent in December, declining for the fourth time in the past five months. New manufactured goods orders decreased from $470.0...

What Is eCommerce?

If you’re constantly hearing about eCommerce, it’s because it is a fast-growing trend. Recent U.S. Census Bureau figures estimate that U.S. eCommerce sales totaled over 87.5 million dollars for the third quarter of 2015. That’s more than a 15% increase over the same period of 2014. Show More Summary

Construction Spending increased 0.1% in December, Up 10.5% in 2015 vs 2014

The Census Bureau reported that overall construction spending increased slightly in December compared to November:The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced today that construction spending during December 2015 was...Show More Summary

5 Reasons You Should Consider Relocating Your Business

Credit A report by the U.S Census Bureau shows that 36.5 million Americans relocated in 2012 alone. Personally I have had to move a couple of times in the past too, and the last time I did, it was a stressful task. Relocating a business is a tough task and the stress involved is enormous. Show More Summary

Here’s the best news yet for housing recovery

The Census Bureau has confirmed good news: the rate of homeownership has stopped its straight-line collapse and may have begun to rise. At the peak of the bubble, ownership topped at an unprecedented 69.2 percent of U.S. households, four percentage points above the prior record in...

Los Angeles Has the Fewest Available Rentals of Any of the Biggest US Cities

Image via The Hollywood Hills / Curbed LA flickr pool New numbers out from the US Census Bureau show that the rental vacancy rate in the Los Angeles metro area (which includes Long Beach and Anaheim) dropped down to...

Chicago housing prices, incomes conducive to homeownership, says Finder

The pool of homebuyers that can afford Chicago housing prices is pretty large. According to Finder, Chicagoans make enough money to afford a home. compiled data from a variety of sources. They used Census Bureau numbers, data from Zillow, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Urban Institute...

An Occasion to Weep About the Cost of Rent

The U.S. Census Bureau reports Thursday that the cost of renting a home continued to rise through the end of 2015, as vacancies remained low and home-ownership declined. The median asking rent for vacant units hit $850 in the fourthShow More Summary

HVS: Q4 2015 Homeownership and Vacancy Rates

The Census Bureau released the Residential Vacancies and Homeownership report for Q4 2015. This report is frequently mentioned by analysts and the media to track household formation, the homeownership rate, and the homeowner and rental vacancy rates. Show More Summary

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