Aug. 22, 2012

The Lost Decade of the Middle Class

As the 2012 presidential candidates prepare their closing arguments to America’s middle class, they are courting a group that has endured a lost decade for economic well-being. Since 2000, the middle class has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth, and shed some – but by no means all – of its characteristic faith in the future.

Aug. 7, 2012

Census Bureau Considers Changing Its Race/Hispanic Questions

The Census Bureau presents new research tomorrow that attempts to address the frequent mismatch between Americans’ self-identity and the race or Hispanic categories they are offered on their census questionnaires.

Aug. 1, 2012

Growing Share of Americans Live in Income-Segregated Neighborhoods

Upper- and lower-income Americans are more likely now than 30 years ago to live in economically segregated neighborhoods, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. Residential segregation by income has risen in 27 of the nation’s 30 largest metropolitan areas since 1980, with the big three in Texas — Houston, Dallas and San Antonio — leading the way.

Jun. 19, 2012

The Rise of Asian Americans

Asian Americans are the best-educated, highest-income, fastest-growing race group in the country. Pew Research Center’s new report paints a comprehensive portrait of Asian Americans, examining their demographic characteristics, social and family values, education, economic circumstances and more. The report also explores six subgroups by country of origin.

May. 17, 2012

Why Minority Births Now Outnumber White Births

The nation’s racial and ethnic minority groups — especially Hispanics — are growing more rapidly than the non-Hispanic white population, fueled by both immigration and births.

Apr. 19, 2012

A Gender Reversal On Career Aspirations

In a reversal of traditional gender roles, young women now surpass young men in the importance they place on having a high-paying career or profession.

Apr. 13, 2012

Women, Work and Motherhood

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s comment this week about Ann Romney’s lack of work experience has put the “mommy wars” back in the news. Here is a summary of surveys in recent years that explore public attitudes about issues related to women, work and motherhood.

Mar. 21, 2012

The Demographics of the Jobs Recovery

Hispanics and Asians are gaining jobs at a faster rate in the economic recovery than are blacks and whites, and immigrants are outpacing the native born. The disparities reflect the rapidly changing demographics of the U.S. workforce.

Mar. 15, 2012

The Boomerang Generation

Large majorities of young adults ages 25 to 34 who are living at home with parents say they’re satisfied with that arrangement and upbeat about their future finances.

Feb. 16, 2012

The Rise of Intermarriage

Marriage across racial and ethnic lines continues to be on the rise in the United States. The share of new marriages between spouses of a different race or ethnicity increased to 15.1 % in 2010, and the share of all current marriages that are either interracial or interethnic has reached an all-time high of 8.4%.