Public and private college grads rank about equally in life satisfaction
College graduates report about the same amount of personal satisfaction and economic well-being later in life whether they attended a private or public college.
By many measures, more borrowers struggling with student-loan payments
More people are having trouble keeping up with their student-loan payments than in years past, several studies show.
5 key findings about student debt
A record 37% of young households had outstanding student loans in 2010 and a median student debt of $13,000.
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.
Opting out? About 10% of highly educated moms are staying at home
Among mothers with professional degrees, such as medical degrees, law degrees or nursing degrees, 11% are out of the workforce in order to care for their families, as are 9% of Master’s degree holders and 6% of mothers with a Ph.D.
More women than men earn the federal minimum wage
Substantially more women than men are in jobs that pay the minimum wage of less, , according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data analyzed by the Pew Research Center.
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.
5 facts about the modern American family
In 1960, 37% of households included a married couple raising their own children. More than a half-century later, just 16% of households look like that.
More Hispanics, blacks enrolling in college, but lag in bachelor’s degrees
From 1996 to 2012, college enrollment among Hispanics ages 18 to 24 more than tripled (240% increase), outpacing increases among blacks (72%) and whites (12%).
Among Hispanics, immigrants more likely to be stay-at-home moms and to believe that’s best for kids
Views among Hispanics born in the U.S. mirror those of all Americans—about six-in-ten believe that kids are better off if a parent stays home to focus on the family. But a far larger majority—85%–of foreign-born Hispanics say that children are better off if a parent is at home.