D’Vera Cohn is a senior writer and editor at Pew Research Center. She was a Washington Post reporter for 21 years, mainly writing about demographics, and was the newspaper’s lead reporter for the 2000 Census. After leaving the newspaper in 2006, she served as a consultant and freelance writer for the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project, Brookings Institution and Population Reference Bureau. She also has advised the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism on demographic topics, and has spoken at national journalism conferences about how reporters can make use of demographic data in stories. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she is a former Nieman Fellow. Read full bio

Oct. 5, 2015

Future immigration will change the face of America by 2065

A snapshot of the U.S. in 2065 would show a nation that has 117 million more people than today, with no racial or ethnic majority group taking the place of today’s white majority.

Sep. 30, 2015

How U.S. immigration laws and rules have changed through history

The United States began regulating immigration soon after it won independence from Great Britain, and the laws since enacted have reflected the politics and migrant flows of the times. We looked at key immigration laws from 1790 to 2014.

Sep. 11, 2015

Number of babies born in U.S. to unauthorized immigrants declines

About 295,000 babies were born to unauthorized-immigrant parents in 2013, making up 8% of the 3.9 million U.S. births that year. This was down from a peak of 370,000 in 2007.

Jul. 22, 2015

Unauthorized immigrant population stable for half a decade

An estimated 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2014. This population has remained essentially stable for five years after nearly two decades of changes

Jun. 24, 2015

How many same-sex married couples in the U.S.? Maybe 170,000

A new research paper suggests that the number of married same-sex couples in the United States in 2013 may have been much lower than the Census Bureau’s initial estimate for that year.

Jun. 18, 2015

Census considers new approach to asking about race – by not using the term at all

Instead, the new census questionnaire may tell people to check the “categories” that describe them.

Jun. 17, 2015

Share of births to unmarried women dips, reversing a long trend

In 2014, 40% of births were to unmarried mothers, a slight decline from the 41% share that had held steady since 2008. Although the single percentage point drop in 2014 was small, it was only the third one-year dip in this measure since the end of World War II.

Jun. 11, 2015

American Indian and white, but not ‘multiracial’

Biracial adults who are white and American Indian are among the least likely of mixed-race adults to consider themselves multiracial (only 25% do). They are among the most likely to say their multiracial background has been neither an advantage nor a disadvantage.

May. 11, 2015

Census Bureau decides to keep marriage questions on survey

Under pressure from academics and advocates, the U.S. Census Bureau has abandoned plans to delete a series of questions about marriage and divorce from its largest household survey.

Feb. 13, 2015

National Academies: Census survey data should be more user-friendly

The bureau should be paying more attention to the needs and opinions of the people and organizations that use its data, according to a recent report.