Apr. 6, 2010

U.S. Birth Rate Decline Linked to Recession

There is a strong association between the magnitude of fertility change in 2008 across states and key economic indicators including changes in per capita income, housing prices and share of the working-age population that is employed across states.

Mar. 18, 2010

The Return of the Multi-Generational Family Household

The multi-generational American family household is staging a comeback — driven in part by the job losses and home foreclosures of recent years, but more so by demographic changes that have been gathering steam for decades. As of 2008, a record 49 million Americans, or 16.1% of the total U.S. population, lived in such a household, up from 28 million, or 12.l%, in 1980. Such households had been more common a century ago, but began to fall out of favor after World War II. Now they are coming back.

Mar. 16, 2010

The Census: College Students Count — but Where?

Should college students be counted in the 2010 Census at their parents’ home or their school address? The Census Bureau has a cut-and-dried answer, but this question recurs each decade because census rules and people’s preferences are not always in sync.

Mar. 3, 2010

Census History: Counting Hispanics

Despite the long history of Hispanic residents in the United States, there was no systematic effort to count this group separately in the Census until the late 20th century. An analysis of changes in Census question wording over recent decades reveals the challenges in trying to count and describe this fast-growing population.

Feb. 24, 2010

The Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change.

A new national survey focuses on American teens and twenty-somethings who are making the passage into adulthood at the start of a new millennium. These young people have begun to forge their generational personality: confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change.

Feb. 12, 2010

The Prisoner Dilemma

Should the Census count inmates in the areas where they are incarcerated or try to link them to their hometowns?

Jan. 26, 2010

Conducting the 2010 Census

Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census Robert Groves discusses the operational flow of the 2010 Census, design features intended to increase participation, the bureau’s communications campaign, real-time monitoring/management, and evaluation of the quality of the census.

Jan. 19, 2010

New Economics of Marriage: The Rise of Wives

A larger share of women today, compared with their 1970 counterparts, have more education and income than their spouses. As a result, in recent decades the economic gains associated with marriage have been greater for men than for women.

U.S. Politics Jan. 12, 2010

Blacks Upbeat about Black Progress, Prospects

A comprehensive new survey of racial attitudes finds that a year after Barack Obama’s election, blacks’ assessments about the state of black progress in America have improved more dramatically than at any time in the last quarter century.

Nov. 24, 2009

Home for the Holidays…and Every Other Day

The journey home won’t be quite as far this year for many young adults. Instead of traveling across country or across town, many grown sons and daughters will be coming to the holiday dinner table from their old bedroom down the hall, which now doubles as their recession-era refuge.