D’Vera Cohn is a Senior Writer at the 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
Census struggles to reach an accurate number on gay marriages
Same-sex marriage is now legal in Washington, D.C., and 17 states (and Arkansas will join them, if a lower-court judge’s ruling last week is upheld). Now the federal government’s task is to produce an accurate count of same-sex married couples.
Millions of Americans changed their racial or ethnic identity from one census to the next
Americans of mixed race, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and Hispanics were among those most likely to check different boxes.
Census may change some questions after pushback from public
The U.S. Census Bureau is considering whether to drop some questions that it has used for decades and have been the source of complaints from the public who see them as intrusive or overly burdensome.
7 key findings about stay-at-home moms
The share of mothers who do not work outside the home has risen over the past decade, reversing a long-term decline in stay-at-home mothers.
U.S. Census looking at big changes in how it asks about race and ethnicity
Many communities, including Hispanics, Arabs and people of mixed race, have said they’re unsure of how to identify themselves on census forms.
In an historic move, Census Bureau tries electronic outreach
After centuries of using the postal service and in-person visits, U.S. will experiment with contacting people by email or text, pushing them to respond online.
How to get census data during the government shutdown
We’ve found that there are still several ways to access government data.
Chart of the Week: Big drop in birth rate may be leveling off
The release of 2012 statistics on the U.S. birth rates indicates a flattening of the sharp decline in fertility that accompanied the Great Recession.
More evidence of preference for sons
In Canada, most babies now born to women 30 and older
In the U.S. and many other nations, it’s no longer unusual for women to have a first child at age 35 or even 40. In Canada, this rise in births to older mothers has produced a striking turnabout: For the first time on record, birth rates are higher for women in their late 30s than in their early 20s.