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U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

Data on Veterans are collected on the American Community Survey (ACS), the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and in decennial censuses prior to 2010.


Where can I access data, data products, and analyses related to Veterans from the U.S. Census Bureau?

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American Factfinder:

The American Factfinder tool can be used to access data products, such as detailed tables, subject tables, and maps, from the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and from the 2000 and later American Community Survey (ACS).  Users can quickly find the available products related to Veterans by using the “by subject” or “by keyword” search features.  Since 2004, Veterans’ products can be distinguished by topic ID ‘21’ in the table number.  For example, detailed table B21002 and subject table S2101 cover Veterans’ topics.  Individual table descriptions can be found under the List all tables link.  Click on a table name and then click on the “What’s this?” button to see a table shell.


Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS):

Microdata users frequently want to look at relationships among variables not shown in the standard products offered by the U.S. Census Bureau.  These users can use American Factfinder to download the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files.  The advantage of PUMS is that data users can tabulate data according to the characteristics they want or need to know about.


Data Ferrett:

Data Ferrett is a tool and data librarian provided by the U.S. Census Bureau that searches and retrieves data across federal, state, and local surveys, executes customized variable recoding, creates complex tabulations and business graphics. Data on Veterans are available from the monthly CPS (1994 to the present), the longitudinal SIPP (1988 panel to present panel), the annual ACS (2004 to the present), and select decennial censuses.


Veterans’ Statistics Webpage:

Reports, research papers, special tabulations, and other information related to Veterans are available on the Veterans’ Statistics webpage.




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Data on Veterans are collected through the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS) and the biennial August Veterans Supplement of the CPS.  The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics that obtains information on employment and unemployment among the nation’s civilian non-institutional population age 16 and over.  The August Veterans Supplement, which collects additional detail related to Veterans, is co-sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service.


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Data Ferrett:

Data Ferrett is a tool and data librarian provided by the U.S. Census Bureau that searches and retrieves data across Federal, state, and local surveys, executes customized variable recoding, creates complex tabulations and business graphics.  Data on Veterans are available from the monthly Current Population Surveys (1994 to the present) and the biennial August Veterans Supplements (1995 to the present).


Employment Situation of Veterans Report:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics produces a descriptive report on the Employment Situation of Veterans for each Veterans Supplement.  Detailed tables accompanying the report are also available.


Special Studies:

Occasionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics produces publications and other studies related to Veterans through the Office of Publications and in the Monthly Labor Review journal.


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 Data.gov was created to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.  Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government.  Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets.  The data catalogs will continue to grow as datasets are added.


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The Raw Data Catalog provides an instant download of machine readable, platform-independent datasets.  To view the data catalogs available from the Department of Veterans Affairs, select the agency under “Search raw data by single/multiple agency.”

The Tools Catalog provides hyperlinks which may lead to agency tools or agency web pages that allow you to mine datasets.  To view the tools catalogs available from the Department of Veterans Affairs, select the agency under “Search tools by single/multiple agency.”


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USASPENDING.GOV

USAspending.gov was created to fulfill the requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006.  This Act requires that the Office of Management and Budget establish a single searchable website, accessible to the public at no cost, which includes for each Federal award:

1.  the name of the entity receiving the award;
2.  the amount of the award;
3.  information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc;
4.  the location of the entity receiving the award; and
5.  a unique identifier of the entity receiving the award.

Prime award information shown on the website is provided by Federal Agencies through four main sources of data.  USAspending.gov receives and displays data pertaining to obligations (amounts awarded for federally sponsored projects during a given budget period), not outlays or expenditures (actual cash disbursements made against each project).


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What’s New

October 7, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released State Summary fact sheet page accessible from the left navigation of the Vetdata website. These state summaries contain information about Veteran population, facitlity counts, VA expenditures, VA benefits and healthcare utilization for each state and Puerto Rico.

September 28, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Profile of Minority Veterans: 2013 located on the Reports page. This report uses data from the 2013 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample to report data concerning the demographics, socioeconomic status, and health characteristics of Minority Veterans. It also compares major characteristics between Minority Veterans and Minority non-Veterans.

September 28, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Profile of Post-9/11 Veterans:2013 located on the Reports pages. This report uses data from the 2013 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample to report data concerning the demographiccs, socioeconomic status, and health characteristics of Veterans. It also compares major characteristics between Veterans and non-Veterans by gender.

September 24, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released FY 2013 Profile of Unique Veteran Users located on the Reports page. The report provides demographic, socio-economic, and utilization trends of Veterans who used at least one VA benefit or service each year between FY 2005 and FY 2013. It also includes a comparison of Veterans who used VA benefits to Veterans who did not use VA benefits. This report updates and replaces all information contained in prior report.

July 16, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Gulf War Veterans Supplemental Pre-9/11 Report as a follow-up to the Gulf War Era Pre-9/11 report that was released in February 2011. This Supplemental report provides comprehensive statistics on the utilization of VA benefits and healthcare service by Gulf War Era Veterans with military service between August 2, 1990 to September 10, 2001.

July 7, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Profile of Post-9/11 Veterans:2012. The report is the first one dedicated to the most recent period of service. This report is located on the Reports page. The report uses 2012 American Community Survey data to compare the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics among Post-9/11 Veterans, non-Post-9/11 Veterans and non-Veterans. The report also uses the United States Veterans Eligibility Trends & Statistics (USVETS) 2012 database and VetPop2012 to compare the utilization characteristics of Post-9/11 Veterans and other Veterans.

July 2, 2015, the Departmnet of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Profile of Veterans: 2013 located on the Reports page. This report uses 2013 American Community Survey data to compare the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of Veterans and non-Veterans.

June 30, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Trends in Veterans with a Service-Connected Disability: 1985 to 2014 located on the Quickfacts page. The report provides information on the number of Veterans with service-connected disabilities, including by disability rating, and the amount of cash payments to these Veterans. Between 2013 and 2014, the number of Veterans receiving Compensation increased by 5.5% from 3.7 million to 3.9 million. The largest increase was among Veterans rated over 70% disabled.

May 29, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released 2014 Geographic Distribution of VA Expenditures located on the Expenditures page. This report details VA expenditures at the state, county, and Congressional District level. It includes categories such as Compensation and Pension, Construction, Insurance, and Medical Care. Veteran population estimates and the number of unique patients who used VA health care services are also available.

May 22, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Veteran Poverty Trends located on the Reports page. This Report presents Veteran poverty trends by comparison of age groups, disability status, periods of service, geography and Veterans to non-veterans. Analysis found that 6.9% of Veterans were below the poverty threshold for the period of 2010 - 2012, as compared to 14.4% of non-veterans. Overall poverty rates were highest for younger Veterans ages 18 - 34 at 11.9%. Disabled Veterans receiving VA Service-Connected Disability Compensation had a lower poverty rate of 6.5% than disabled non-veterans of 24.2%.

May 21, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the Veteran's Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program 2013 (SNAP) located on the Reports page. This report uses U.S Census and American Community Survey data. Food security is an important part of a Veterans' wellbeing. About 6% of SNAP households have a Veteran. Regardless of race, marital status, education, and income, Veteran households participate in SNAP less than non-Veteran households.

May 21, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the American Indian and Alaska Native Servicemembers and Veterans 2013 (AIAN) located on the Reports page. This report uses data from the 2013 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample to report data concerning the demographics, socioeconomic status, and health characteristics of AIAN Servicemembers and Veterans.


Contact NCVAS

For more information on reports, surveys, or statistics regarding the Veteran population, or for general inquiries, please e-mail us at vancvas@va.gov