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    U.S. CENSUS GLOSSARY

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Barrio
Along with Barrio-Pueblo, the primary legal subdivision of municipios in Puerto Rico. Similar to the minor civil divisions (MCDs) used for reporting census data in 28 states of the United States.

Related term:
Municipio, Subbarrio

Barrio-Pueblo
Along with Barrio, the primary legal subdivision of municipios in Puerto Rico. Similar to the minor civil divisions (MCDs) used for reporting census data in 28 states of the United States.

Related term:
Municipio, Subbarrio

Base map
Map content including geographic, physical, cultural, political, and statistical features for locational reference.

Block
A subdivision of a census tract (or, prior to 2000, a block numbering area), a block is the smallest geographic unit for which the Census Bureau tabulates 100-percent data. Many blocks correspond to individual city blocks bounded by streets, but blocks - especially in rural areas - may include many square miles and may have some boundaries that are not streets. The Census Bureau established blocks covering the entire nation for the first time in 1990. Previous censuses back to 1940 had blocks established only for part of the nation. Over 8 million blocks are identified for Census 2000.

Related terms:
100-percent data, Census block, Census geography, Census tract

Block group (BG)
A subdivision of a census tract (or, prior to 2000, a block numbering area), a block group is the smallest geographic unit for which the Census Bureau tabulates sample data. A block group consists of all the blocks within a census tract with the same beginning number.

Example: block group 3 consists of all blocks within a 2000 census tract numbering from 3000 to 3999. In 1990, block group 3 consisted of all blocks numbered from 301 to 399Z.

Related terms:
Census block, Census geography, Census tract, Sample data

Block numbering area (BNA)
Prior to Census 2000, a statistical subdivision created for grouping and numbering blocks within a county for which census tracts had not been established. Beginning with Census 2000, all counties have census tracts, making block numbering areas unnecessary.

Related term:
Census tract

Borough
A county equivalent in Alaska, a minor civil division in New York, and an incorporated place in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Related term:
County and equivalent entity

Boundary
The extent or limit of a geographic area such as a block, census tract, county, or place. A boundary may or may not follow a visible geographic physical feature.

Boxhead
The portion of a statistical table in which are located the captions for individual columns together with needed classifying and qualifying spanner heads. Spanner heads may appear across one or more column heads to add further descriptive captions to the columns.

Broad Lines
Refers to broad categories of commodities / products classified by the Economic Census. Broad lines are not applicable to the Manufacturing and Mining sectors.

Bureau of Indian Affairs
The federal government agency, located in the Department of the Interior, responsible for the historic and legal relationships between the federal government and American Indian communities.

Business Expenses Survey (BES)
Provides statistics on business operating expenses. The Business Expenses Survey supplements Economic Census data for wholesale trade, retail trade, and service industries with estimates of operating expenses including payroll and fringe benefits, taxes and license fees, software and computer expenses, and lease and rental payments. Data are available for years ending in "2" and "7" in conjunction with the Economic Census.




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These tables are based on figures supplied by the United States Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce, and they are subject to revision by the Census Bureau.

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