Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Is College Worth It?
College costs are rising, student debt is mounting, and the public is skeptical about the value of a college degree, according to two new Pew Research Center surveys. Meantime, only 19% of college presidents say the U.S. system is the best in the world. But more than eight-in-ten college graduates say college was a good investment for them personally.
Imputation: Adding People to the Census
When census-takers can’t reach anyone at a particular address or obtain information about occupants in other ways, they sometimes use a last-resort statistical technique called “imputation” to fill in missing data. One marker of the quality of a census is how much it relies on imputation to add people to the count.
Census 2010: Household Size Trends
The average size of U.S. households has been declining for decades, but new Census data may show a reversal of that trend.
How Good is the 2010 Census Count? An Update
In addition to publishing detailed numbers from the 2010 Census, the Census Bureau has been releasing performance indicators from the count. They offer clues to help answer the question of how well the bureau did in counting the entire U.S. population, only once, and in the right place.
Home Sweet Home. Still.
The five-year swoon in home prices has done little to shake the confidence of the American public in the investment value of homeownership. A new survey finds that fully eight-in-ten (81%) adults agree that buying a home is the best long-term investment a person can make although there has been some falloff in the intensity of the public’s faith.
New Facts About Families
Researchers recently presented some findings that dispute the popular (or academic) wisdom about important aspects of family life and bear upon relevant findings from Pew Research surveys.
Challenging the Census
Now that 2010 Census numbers have been released for every place in the United States, a number of local officials — including the mayors of New York and Detroit — have announced plans to file administrative challenges to counts that they contend are too low. What sorts of challenges are allowed?
Multi-Race and the 2010 Census
When final national race counts from the 2010 Census were released last month, they included more than nine million Americans who self-identified as belonging to two or more race groups. One of them was not President Barack Obama.
For Millennials, Parenthood Trumps Marriage
While 52% of Millennials say being a good parent is “one of the most important things” in life, just 30% say the same about having a successful marriage
Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?
People who turn to the Census Bureau’s latest data release in an effort to answer Sesame Street’s musical query may, in some cases, be puzzled by what they find. The detailed race, ethnicity and population counts make it easy to look up data for any block in America. But those numbers may not be completely accurate — and deliberately so.