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In another change, the latest figures from recent national censuses were incorporater into the present edition. Revisions were made in the Manufactures section and the Distribution and Services section to include the newly released statistics from the 1958 Censuses of Business, Manufactures, and Mineral Industries. Statistics fron the 1959 Census of Agriculture and the 1960 Censuses of Population and Housing however, were not yet available and will appear in the 1961 edition of the Abstract.
The presentation of scientific research and development data was expanded to include new tables showing: Federal Government obligations for conduct of research by field of science; shipments of atomic energy equipment and products; and radiation detection and measuring instruments produced.
In the Law Enforcement, Federal Courts, and Prisons section, major revisions ir the figures for crimes known to the police were made as a result of changes institutet by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Other noteworthy additions were 3 new tables included in the Income, Expenditures and Wealth section. These tables present revised information developed by the Federal Reserve Board which measures the flow of funds through the major sector: of the national economy and depicts the economy's saving and investment structure New tables were also added in the Agriculture sections and in the Social Insurance and Welfare section.
Following is a list of some of the subjects covered by the 52 new tables:
Strategic materials inventory
stay Average family monthly social se
curity benefits Tornadoes, floods, and tropical storms Assessed value and sales prices of real
Principal financial flows under flow
of funds/saving concept National income in distribution and
selected service industries Governmental expenditure for capital
outlay Federal Government blue-collar
by industry Foreign military assistance programs
Among the tables shown in the last edition, 36 were omitted from this issue. Major omissions occurred in the Education section affecting estimates and projections of elementary and high school enrollment, enrollment in white and Negro schools, and college summer enrollment; in the Law Enforcement, Federal Courts, and Prisons section, affecting tables on offenses known and cleared by arrest, and income of lawyers; in the Labor Force, Employment and Earnings section, involving employment data from the 1950 Census of Population, and data on trade union membership; in the Income, Expenditures, and Wealth section affecting discontinued series on income of physicians, lawyers, and dentists, and data concerning expenditures of urban families by income class; in the State and Local Government Finances and Employment section affecting data on governmental expenditures and long-term debt outstanding; and in the Manufactures section, affecting size-of-establishment data, and tables on fuels and electric energy, and selected metal products. Some of the information in the omitted tables was absorbed in other tables still present.
Supplements to the Abstract.-The Statistical Abstract, as an annual one-volume publication, is of necessity limited in amount of detail shown. To meet the need for more detailed information for small areas (cities, counties, metropolitan areas, and
| States and 130 statistical items for each of the 484 cities having 25,000 inhabitants or
others) and for more historical data, a series of supplements to the Abstract has been dth issued. otta The County and City Data Book, 1956, is designed to help satisfy the need for sta
ti-tical information about counties and cities and other relatively small geographic isina.
Conveniently assembled are 133 statistical items for each county in the United ict. d til
more in 1950. Information comparable to that for counties is also presented for arck geographic regions and divisions, States, and standard metropolitan areas. A special atio feature is an appendix which presents selected data for Congressional Districts. Also
included are descriptive text and source notes.
This edition is the fifth in the County and City Data Book series. Many of the staLutro, tistics in this volume were obtained from the results of the 1954 Censuses of Agriculture,
Business, and Manufactures. Other subjects covered include births, deaths, and
marriages; population characteristics; dwelling units; city government finances and tbt employment; hospitals; bank deposits; and other items of social and economic im
purtance. This volume is on sale by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington 25, D. C., for $4.50.
Preparation of a new edition of the County and City Data Book is presently underway. The 1959 edition will present information from the 1958 Censuses of Business, Bloufactures, and Mineral Industries and the 1957 Census of Governments, as well 23 current data from other government and private sources.
Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1957, is a completely 1
revised and expanded version of Historical Statistics of the United States, 1789–1945,
which was issued in 1949. Compiled by the Bureau of the Census with the cooperation pita: of the Social Science Research Council, this supplement presents in compact and
convenient form more than 8,000 statistical time series (mostly on an annual basis) which cover periods from 1610 to 1957. The new volume includes historical data on every major aspect of the nation's social and economic development and consists of 24 chapters and 51 sections. The statistics are accompanied by text notes which specify the sources of the data, include references to other sources, discuss the historical developinent of the data and evaluate their reliability, and present definitions of technical terms. Also included is a separate chapter on colonial statistics and a 15-page subject index.
The volume is on sale by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington 25, D.C., for $6.00 per copy.
Responsibility:-The contents of this volume are taken from a large number of urces (see Source Agencies and Table Numbers, pp. 956-959). The Bureau of the Cen-us cannot accept the responsibility for the accuracy or limitations of the data presented here, other than for those which it collects. However, the responsibility for selection of the material and for proper presentation rests with the Bureau.
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SUGGESTIONS AND COMMENTS
Many persons have written offering suggestions for improving the presentation of the material. These letters have been most helpful and users are urged to continue to make their needs known. All suggestions will be carefully considered in planning future editions. Suggestions and comments should be sent to the Director, Bureau of the Census, Washington 25, D.C.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON DATA PRESENTED Frite to the agency indicated in the source note to the table which covers the desired subject.
STATISTICAL ABSTRACT SUPPLEMENTS
County and City Data Book, 1956. A compact presentation
of 133 items of statistical data for each county in the United States, and 130 items of statistical data for each of 484 cities having 25,000 inhabitants or more in 1950. Information comparable to that for counties is also presented for geographic regions and divisions, States, and standard metropolitan
Items included based largely on results of 1954 Censuses of Agriculture, Business, and Manufactures. Includes 51 maps, explanatory and definitive text, and source potes. Issued 1957. Price
$4.50 (Buckram). Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to
1957. Prepared with the cooperation of the Social Science Research Council. A compilation of than 8,000 statistical time series, largely annual, on American social and economic development covering periods from 1610 to 1957. Includes definitions of terms and descriptive text. Specific source notes provide a basic guide to original published sources for further reference and additional data. Detailed alphabetical subject index. 801 pages. Issued 1960. Price
$6.00 (Buckram). Purchase orders should be addressed to the Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington 25, D. C.