Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Minorities and the Recession-Era College Enrollment Boom
Freshman enrollment at post-secondary institutions rose by a 40-year record of 6% in the 2007-2008 school year, with Hispanics experiencing the largest increase in enrollments; half of the total increase in enrollment occurred in just 109 institutions out of nearly 6,100.
The Typical Modern Mother: There Isn’t One
Today’s mothers of newborns are more likely than their counterparts two decades earlier to be ages 35 and older, to have some college education, to be unmarried or to be nonwhite — but not all at once.
India’s Census and the Caste Question
In a controversial decision, government leaders in India have agreed that the nation’s 2011 census could include a tally of castes, the complex structure of traditional social classes last enumerated in 1931.
A record 14.6% of all new marriages in the U.S in 2008 were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new census data. Of all newlyweds in 2008, 9% of whites, 16% of blacks, 26% of Hispanics and 31% of Asians married outside their race/ethnicity. Patterns also varied by region (intermarriage is most common in the West) and by gender.
At Long Last, Divorce
The breakup of the 40-year marriage of former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper raises the intriguing question: What is the likelihood that a long-duration marriage will end in divorce? Here is a look at some relevant data.
Census by the Books
Curious about how the decennial census got started and how it has evolved? Here’s a short list of selected books that explore its history and the controversies surrounding the count from colonial times to the present.
The New Demography of American Motherhood
Compared with mothers of newborns in 1990, today’s new moms are older, better educated and less likely to be white. A record 41% of births were to unmarried women; but most continue say this is bad for society.
The Prisoner Dilemma: An Update
Maryland has become the first state in the nation to make plans to count prisoners at their last known home addresses, not their prison addresses, for purposes of redrawing federal, state and local legislative districts.
Tea Party Consensus
Despite calls for a boycott by some conservative leaders, a new poll finds that nearly all Tea Party supporters say they have or will return their Census forms.
Who and Where are the Non-Responders?
A new analysis of 2010 Census participation rates so far has found wide variation from one city to the next in the degree to which racial and ethnicity predict response rates.