Fact Tank Jul. 23, 2015

5 facts about the minimum wage

While the idea of raising the minimum wage is broadly popular, efforts to do so at the national level have stalled. We gathered key facts looking at the issue.

Jul. 14, 2015

Black child poverty rate holds steady, even as other groups see declines

The share of American children living in poverty has declined slightly since 2010 as the nation’s economy has improved. But the poverty rate has changed little for black children, the group most likely to be living in poverty.

Jul. 10, 2015

‘Mestizo’ and ‘mulatto’: Mixed-race identities among U.S. Hispanics

When asked if they identify as “mestizo,” “mulatto” or some other mixed-race combination, one-third of U.S. Hispanics say they do.

Jul. 9, 2015

Where do the oldest Americans live?

As the oldest Baby Boomers reach retirement age and older generations live longer, more counties across America are graying.

Jul. 9, 2015

How Americans compare with the global middle class

On a global scale, the vast majority of Americans are either upper-middle income or high income. And many Americans who are classified as “poor” by the U.S. government would be middle income globally.

Jul. 1, 2015

Share of counties where whites are a minority has doubled since 1980

As of last summer, 364 counties, independent cities and other county-level equivalents (11.6% of the total) did not have non-Hispanic white majorities – the most in modern history.

Jun. 29, 2015

In greater Dallas area, segregation by income and race

Income segregation has increased over the past 30 years in 27 of the 30 largest U.S. metro areas. There were clear divisions between low-income and middle- and upper-income areas, as well as along racial lines.

Fact Tank Jun. 29, 2015

Most Americans now say learning their child is gay wouldn’t upset them

Today nearly six-in-ten (57%) say they would not be upset if they had a child come out as gay or lesbian, according to our survey conducted in May.

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. 24, 2015

Today’s multiracial babies reflect America’s changing demographics

To get a sense of how the country’s racial demographics are changing, take a look at the differences between mixed-race Americans old and young.